How to collect a birth certificate from Italy

We can collect the birth certificate you need from any Italian Comune (Municipality). We will send you a scanned copy of the certificate as soon as we have it and also the paper copy via courier, if you want it. It usually takes us from 2 to 7 days to obtain the scanned copy of the birth certificate depending on the Comune. Please send an email to citizenship@vademecumitalia.com or a message on Whatsapp +39 3270037470 and we will send you a quote for the assistance with the request.

What is an Italian birth certificate?

It is a certificate issued by the competent Italian Comune (Municipality) which contains the personal details, such as first and second name, surname and date and place of birth of the person in question.

​​The birth certificate of your Italian ancestor is the first and most important document you need to collect in order to apply for Italian citizenship by descent (jure sanguinis).

Who issues an Italian birth certificate?

In Italy there is no national or regional Register and so no national or regional Vital Statistics office. Moroever, Italian Consulates do not issue birth certificates.

Therefore, the birth certificate is issued by the Comune (Municipality) where the birth took place or where the original act of birth was formally registered if the birth occurred in a foreign country.

For example, if you or your Italian ancestor were born in Rome, you will have to request the birth certificate from the Comune di Roma. You can also request your birth certificate from the Italian Comune, for example Rome, even if you were born abroad (USA, UK, Canada etc.), if, due to the fact that you are or became Italian, your original act of birth has been registered with the Comune through your local Consulate or through the assistance of an Italian professional or because you took it there in person.

How do I request an Italian birth certificate?

​​In order to request your or your Italian ancestor’s birth certificate, you will need to provide the Comune with the relevant details such as the first and second name, surname, date of birth and place of birth of the person in question. If you do not have the exact details, you need to hope that you will find a nice clerk who will be willing to do research for you, which does not always happen.

The request must be written in Italian. Oral requests made via phone, or requests written in a foreign language or in Italian but incomprehensible or with many grammar or typing mistakes, will almost certainly not be considered and answered.

Therefore, you should consider hiring a professional who can draft and send a correct certificate request on your behalf, avoiding mistakes which could compromise your request or delay the answer. Moreover, when a Comune receives a request from an Italian attorney, it ususally answers faster and is open to communications when needed (for example in case research is needed).

Are there different kinds of birth certificates?

​There are three types of birth certificates and they can all be requested with the assistance of Vademecum Italia from your competent Italian Comune. These are: Certificato, estratto per riassunto, and copia integrale

​Certificato di nascita (Birth certificate).

The certificato di nascita shows the minimum essential data, so it contains the registration details (year, act number, part, and series of the Register of Civil Status), the personal data of the person in question such as name and surname, place of birth and date of birth. It is a certification that proves the birth. This is what a birth certificate looks like

Certificato di nascita (Birth certificate)

​Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di nascita (Extract of birth)

In addition to the above data, the estratto per riassunto also includes other significant data that is called “annotazioni marginali” (marginal annotations as defined by article 69 of the D.p.R. 396/2000), such as marital status, divorce, and it usually shows the name of the parents. It is a summary of what is registered in the official Register of Civil Status of the Comune.

This is what an extract of birth certificate looks like

Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di nascita (Extract of birth)

Estratto di nascita plurilingue (Multilingual or international extract of birth certificate)

It is an extract of birth issued by the Comune just like the traditional one (see above), with the benefit that it is drawn-up in a multilingual format. Therefore, no translation nor notarization/legalization are required, in case you will need to use this certificate abroad. The multilingual extract is the most common certificate nowadays, and this is what it looks like

Estratto di nascita plurilingue (Multilingual or international extract of birth certificate)

Copia integrale dell’atto di nascita (Full ​copy of the act of birth)

The copia integrale dell’atto di nascita is the authenticated copy of the act as it has been registered in the Register of the Civil Status of the Comune, where any circumstance and annotation is reported. It is a “complete copy” of the act of birth. Considering that it is the true copy of the original act of birth contained in the Official Register, it can only be in Italian. Often it is written with the use of old Italian forms of expressions, by hand, in Italic, and it is difficult to read it.

This is what a copia integrale looks like

Copia integrale dell’atto di nascita (Full ​Copy of the act of birth)

Which certificate do I need in order to apply for Italian citizenship?

The extract of birth is the certificate that you will need in order to apply for Italian citizenship.

Do I need to add the legalization or Apostille to the birth certificate?

If you need to use the birth certificate before a foreign court or other foreign authority, you might need to add the “apostille” or legalization, depending on the country.

For Italian citizenship applications, considering that the certificate is issued by an Italian Comune in Italian, and that you will apply for Italian citizenship, in this case the Apostille, legalization or translation are not needed. However, you will need the original certificate from the Comune.

You can learn more about the legalization and Apostille here: Documents issued by foreign authorities must be legalized and translated to be enforceable in Italy. Here’s how to do it.

Can Vademecum Italia request the birth certificate I need from my Italian Comune?

We can collect the birth certificate you need from any Italian Comune (Municipality). You will be dealing with an English speaking Italian attorney whose office is in Italy (not with an automated systems) who will offer you fast, professional service. You can contact us anytime via email (citizenship@vademecumitalia.com) or whatsapp (+39 3270037470).

What should I do in order to request a birth certificate with Vademecum Italia?

Please send an email to citizenship@vademecumitalia.com or a message on Whatsapp +39 3270037470 and we will send you a quote for the assistance with the request. We will then draft and send the request on your behalf immediately and keep you updated during the process.

How long will it take before I receive the birth certificate?

It usually takes us from to 2 to 7 days to obtain the scanned copy of the birth certificate depending on the Comune. We will send you a scanned copy of the certificate as soon as we have it.

We can also obtain and send you the paper copy via express courier, if you want it. Please note that municipalities have different delivery times for certificates. Moreover, if you need a birth certificate of your Italian ancestor who was born around the last decades of the 1800s or the first ones of the 1900s, the Comune may need to access old archives and this could take them more time.

Please send an email to citizenship@vademecumitalia.com or a message on Whatsapp +39 3270037470 and we will send you a quote for the assistance with the request. We will then draft and send the request on your behalf immediately and keep you updated during the process. It usually takes us from to 2 to 7 days to obtain the scanned copy of the birth certificate depending on the Comune.

n.1 The Multilanguage Birth Certificate was established by the Vienna Convention dated September 8, 1976, and it can be used in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

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82 Comments
  1. I need 2 birth dertificates from Messina. How much would this cost? And if I come to Italy to apply in Italy, what kind of certificate do I need? Is a scanned copy ok?

  2. I need my birthcertificate, and a certificate that i am not married. legalized and apostile.For marriage. how much will it cost?thank you!

  3. Good Afternoon, I am trying to confirm if my birth has been successfully registered in my Father’s commune, would you be able to confirm this and supply a copy of my registration of birth if possible. How much would this process cost.

    Thanks
    S.Duranti

  4. I need to obtain my Italian birth certificate but I live in UK how do I do that?

  5. I need a birth certificate for my grandfather born in Italy and his marriage certificate. Quanto costa?

  6. Hello, I need my kids Birth Certificate or extract, please advice me on what to do, my kids were born in Novara Italy

    • Dear Vivian,
      I am waiting for your answer on Whatsapp.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you,
      David.

  7. I need a birth certificate can you help me and what will it cost$$

    • Dear Rocco,
      Can you please confirm you have received my previous email?

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you,
      David.

  8. I’m researching family history, and just want birth parents information for my maternal great grandfather born in Naples.

  9. I have requested copies of my great grandparents birth certificates from Ottone, Italy. They were both born in Croce di Ottone in Piacenza, Emilie-Romagna. One in 1864, the other in 1868. I have parents name for both. I can send a copy of my official request . I need these last two documents and I have everything for citizenship by descent.

    Please let me know if you can help me out. Sincerely appreciated.

  10. I need to get my grand father birth certificate. Vcan you help me?

  11. Hi where i can request the birth certificate of my daughter who born there in italy and she is here in the philipines now

  12. My name is Alison Baafi and I will like to request birth certificate for my daughter born in Modena on the 09/11/2002.

  13. I need an original copy of my birth certificate. I need to know how much it would be and when will it get to the US.

  14. Hi I need my birth certificate from Italy i live in Australia how would I go about it and how much will it cost thank you

  15. Hi sorry I have lost your email you sent could you plz send it again thanks.Anna

    • Dear Anna,
      We sent you several emails.

      Please let us know if you have received them and what you would like to do.

      Thank you

  16. I need to issue Italian birth certificates for my sons from the commune di Procida. Please advise if you can help and how much it will cost please?

    • Hi,
      We sent you na email.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you

  17. Hello,

    I am searching for someone to find birth certificates of my great grandparents who were born in Italy. I know the date of birth and location of birth for my great grandmother. For my great grandfather, I have a place of birth and a couple of possible years for his birthdate. I do not have an exact month or year. Does your company work with researching a case like this?

  18. Hi my name is Roberto Papa I am resident in uk
    and I need copy of my birth certificate from Italy comune di Torino what I need to do thank you?

    • Roberto,
      We sent you two emails but they both bounced back as it seems that your email address is not correct.

      Please send an email to citizenship@vademecumitalia.com and we will answer as soon as possible.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you

  19. Dear David,

    It has been a long time since I searched the Rome office which issues the birth certificate.

    I need my birth certificate from the Rome office on an urgent basis.

    What do I need to do?

    Please send me the address to who I can send my request.
    davebety@yahoo.com

    Best regards,
    Toppo Gabriella

  20. Dear David ,I would like a copy of my mothers birth certificate please

  21. Hi, how much would it cost to get my father’s birth certificate from Turin so i can apply for Italian citizenship, please?
    Thank you
    Lisa

  22. I want to obtain my grandfather’s birth certificate for the purpose of dual citizenship. I have most of his information but not his parents. How do I go about getting the documents I need?

    • Geri,
      We sent you an email one minute ago.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

  23. Hi,
    I need to get my father’s birth certificate from Fiume (1925).
    Can you provide me with the right information.
    Thanks.

  24. Hello, I need assistance with obtaining my Grandfather’s birth certificate. Is that something you can provide? Thank you. ilia

    • Hi,
      Of course. We sent you an email yesterday.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

  25. Goodmorning my kids were born in italy and here in spain they are asking me for their original birth certificate how do I get it?thanks

    • Hi,
      We apologize for the late reply.

      We sent you an email a few minutes ago.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you

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  27. David is very responsive and EFFECTIVE. Received the electronic version of the birth certificate within 3 days. Super impressed. His rates are very reasonable, particularly for the high quality of service.

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  29. We are based in the UK – David offered Great service, excellent communication, was very helpful and unstanding in making the process very clear. Would highly recoomened. Grazie

  30. Just a note to say how appreciative I am of David’s fast and professional work. I needed the birth certificates and marriage certificate of both my parents and in three weeks of him ordering them from the respective town we received them. Amazing. I find David very efficient and excellent at customer service. Thanks again David.

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  32. David recently assisted me in obtaining my birth certificate from Italy, along with having an apostle and translations. His expertise, professionalism, and efficiency were truly exceptional throughout the entire process. David’s attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of both Italian and international law made navigating this complex task a breeze.

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  35. David’s service is professional and efficient. Within 48 hours, he was able to obtain full copies of requested birth and marriage records from a small comune in southern Italy.
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  37. Thank you, David, for your exceptional work. We received the document within 24 hours, a task that could have taken months, all thanks to your outstanding efforts. Your dedication and skill are truly commendable.

  38. Thank you to David for his services. I needed two birth certificates from Vinchiaturo within 3 weeks I got them emailed to me and a week later I received the paper copies in the mail from Italy.

  39. I need to obtain my kids birth certificate from Italy but I live in Belgium

  40. Thanks so much to David for his persistence in collecting my Great-Grandfather’s birth certificate. He made the process so easy and always kept good communication with me.

  41. I just got my documents back from David in only 3 weeks since the first communication between us. Everything went super smooth, David was incredibly attentive and communicative, and went to the Comune to get the documents even faster than I would personally expect. I am beyond thankful and happy with the service.

  42. I wholeheartedly recommend David to anyone seeking a lawyer in Italy for assistance in document retrieval. David was able to track my grandparents’ birth certificates from small communi. His expertise, professionalism, and exceptional client-centric approach make him excellent to work with and could not recommend him enough.

  43. David was fantastic! Our Commune is smaller and today has a very low population. So they weren’t very efficient. David was persistent and got all of the documents that we need for our citizenship application.
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  44. Good morning!

    I need to get a copy of my Italian BC Apostilled and couriered to Athens, Greece. Would this be possible and if so what would the cost be?

    Thank you
    Maria

  45. David has truly saved my life because I urgently needed a multilingual marriage certificate from Rome to get my Spanish residence permit, which normally requires 30 days & which was past my deadline in Spain! Yet David was amazingly able to get it for me in 3 days & at a very affordable price! Thank you so much David for your professionalism, honesty, dedication & wonderful customer service. I’m very lucky to have met you & I will surely keep dealing with you in the future in all issues related to my lovely Italian Family. May God always bless you David 🙏🏻

  46. I just finished working with Mr. Monterossi, and it has truly been an amazing experience. It was a moment when I could trust the process, knowing that a professional was taking care of it. He was very helpful and responsive, answering all of my emails quickly, and he obtained the birth certificates way ahead of our expectations. I am totally willing to work with him in the future!

  47. Hi,

    I need a copy of my BC sent to the UK. Would that be possible and how much is the cost. Thank you

    • Hi,
      I apologieze for the late reply. I sent you an email a few minutes ago. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam.

      Now, I invite everyone to kindly submit their requests via email to our office addresses:
      crc@vademecumitalia.com (criminal records and pending charges)
      citizenship@vademecumitalia.com (birth and marriage certificates, lettera positivo – negativo, Italian citizenship applications)
      info@vademecumitalia.com (all other inquiries)

      Alternatively, requests can be made via WhatsApp at +393270037470.

      Thank you,
      David.

  48. Hi
    I need a birth certificate. Hoe much time will it take?

    • Hi,
      I would need to know when and where your ancestor was born.

      I will then be able to send you a quote.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you,
      David.

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  50. To obtain Italian citizenship, I require my grandmother’s birth extract. The extract that I sought was in the possession of an Italian municipality. As I reside in Australia, I asked David to help me obtain the extract.

    David promptly and professionally responded to my request for assistance. Indeed, within four weeks of initially contacting David, I had a copy of the extract in my inbox! This was an excellent result – particularly considering that the extract had been in the municipality’s archives.

    I thank David for his work. I recommend his legal service to others.

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  52. I contacted Vademecum Italia (David Monterossi) to obtain my fathers birth certificate which I had been struggling on my own to obtain for almost 8 years.

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  53. David was very helpful and supportive when helping me find my ancestor’s documents for my dual citizenship application. The fees were reasonable. I got a quick turnaround given the time it takes to locate the documents and records for the early twentieth century.
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  54. I contacted David to obtain my dad’s birth certificate. He answered me right away, advising me fully of the process.
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  55. David,
    Thank you so much for obtaining my father‘s paperwork in Naples Italy. What should have taken six months took two months. Thank you for your diligence and I am very happy with your service and the incredible results. I would certainly recommend you and Vademecum Italia to everyone I know as you are highly trustworthy and good communicator since I live in the United States. Thank you so much. I am very happy.

  56. After months of being stuck, needing my birth certificate from the Rome municipality, I found David who delivered it in 3 days!
    I live in France, and tried requesting it online. First, I needed an Italian digital identity (SPID) and that already took a few months. But once I had it, and could finally log into the municipality website, my name did not appear on the list of people born in Rome… (I found my sisters’ name on the list, so it was obvious there was an error somewhere…).
    I searched for help online and found David’s service (vademecumitalia.com). He responded very quickly to my message. The positive feedbacks on his website, didn’t avoid my being worried, fearing a scam, as the payement is requested in advance… Now that I recieved my document, I can clearly say David’s service is safe, efficient and well worth it. No scam here!
    My only regret is that I didn’t find David Monterossi earlier, I would have avoided a lot of time, stress and trouble. I’m happy to put my positive « five star » feedback here, hoping it will help you feel safe and get the help you need. Thank you David!

  57. Hello, my name is Filippo Catalucci, I’m from Melbourne Australia. I am currently in the process of completing my Italian Citizenship application. My final interview and approval is scheduled for the first week in June. I have collated all required documents. All that remains are my parents mother and father original or duplicate birth certificates. They are from Sulmona in provincia di Aquila, north central Italy. Is it possible to get them for me?

  58. David was EXTREMELY helpful and prompt getting some documents for us from very small commune. He told us exactly what to expect and was very thorough. Highly recommend!

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