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Sposarsi in Consolato

 

Sposarsi in Consolato

Matrimonio in Consolato

(per art.12, legislative decree 71/2011)


VITAL RECORDS OFFICE
2590 Webster Street 
San Francisco, CA 94115 
Tel.: 415-292-9240
Fax: 415-931-7205
E-mail: statocivile.sanfrancisco@esteri.it

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The experience of a wedding at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco

The video of Patrizia and Massimo (courtesy of the couple and of Cut Canvas Creative): https://youtu.be/CCOgZCcTKyo

Blog posts from www.sanfranciscoitaly.com :
http://sanfranciscoitaly.com/post/60284884656/sposarsi-a-san-francisco
http://sanfranciscoitaly.com/post/123032729553/the-italian-consulate-is-new-trendy-place-to-get

 

Matrimonio

 

REQUIREMENTS

Application to get married in a Consulate

If you want to get married in an Italian Consulate the first thing to do is submit your application to get married in a Consulate. Both of you will need to sign the application and either take it in person to the consulate or else send it by post, fax or email. You must also attach a photocopy of your identity documents.

In certain cases your application might be rejected (as per legislative decree 71/2011), for example, if the local laws do not allow marriages to be performed in a consulate or if you do not reside in the consular district. If the consulate accepts your application (because it meets the legal requirements) you can then ask for your banns to be published, or “posted”.



Posting your banns

In Italy, before a marriage can take place, the banns must be posted by a civil registrar. The banns are valid for six months. You can therefore get married from the 4th day until the 180th day after the banns were first posted.
If you are unable to go in person to ask for the banns to be posted, you can delegate a third party to do so. In this case, you must use a special “proxy” written on “plain paper” (i.e. not requiring a tax stamp). This must be accompanied by a photocopy of your identity documents, which must, of course, be valid.
If you are not European Union citizens and are not resident in Italy, you must have your signature authenticated.



Applying for getting married in a Consulate

The application for getting married in an Italian Consulate is preliminary to the request for posting banns. It must be signed by both parties and can either be taken in person to the consulate or else send it by post, fax or email. You must also attach a photocopy of your identity documents. In certain cases your application might be rejected (as per legislative decree 71/2011), for example, if the local laws do not allow marriages to be performed in a consulate or if you do not reside in the consular district. If the consulate accepts your application (because it meets the legal requirements) you can then ask for your banns to be published, or “posted”.

  • If you are both Italian citizens and are residents abroad, you must apply to have your banns posted at the diplomatic mission or consulate where your marriage will be celebrated. If you and your partner live in two different consular districts, the banns must be posted in both consulates. 
  • If one of you (Italian or foreign citizen) is resident in Italy and the other (Italian citizen) is resident abroad, you must apply to have your banns posted at the diplomatic mission or consulate where your marriage will be celebrated. The diplomatic mission will in turn notify the local authorities in the Italian partner's town or city in Italy so that the banns can be posted there. The banns will therefore be posted in both of your places of residence.  
  • If the Italian member of the couple is resident in Italy but the other partner, the foreign citizen, is resident abroad, you can apply for the banns to be posted:

    - in the Italian partner’s municipality (town or city) of residence in Italy. In this case, the local council will issue the delegated authority (as per art. 109 of the civil code) for the marriage to be celebrated at the consulate abroad, or;

    - in the diplomatic mission or consulate abroad, which will notify the Italian partner’s local authorities in Italy as described in the previous point.

 

  • If you are both residents in Italy, you must apply to have your banns posted in the town or city where you have officially residency. If you each live in a different town or city, the banns will be posted in both. The local council in Italy will issue the delegated authority (as per art. 109 of the civil code) for the marriage to be celebrated at the diplomatic mission or consulate abroad.



Costs and ceremony details

The cost for officiating the wedding at the Italian Consulate is 500.00 Euros for groups of 6 or fewer. For terms of payment and groups of 7 or more, please contact directly the vital records office.
The duration of the ceremony is usually about 20 minutes and the couple must be accompanied by two witnesses.

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