Father

 
If your father was not an Italian Citizen at the time of your birth, please CLICK HERE to select the situation that applies to you.
 
If your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth and you never renounced your right to Italian citizenship you must obtain the following documents, ALL IN ORIGINAL:
 
  1. YOUR FATHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM ITALY (the birth certificate must be either in "formato internazionale", or in "estratto per riassunto" showing his father and mother's names). Order his Birth Certificate through My Italian Family
  2. YOUR MOTHER'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (see above, or, if in the U.S.A., request a "certified copy" or a "long form" or a "full form"; (not "certification" or "abstract"). Order her Birth Certificate through My Italian Family if she was also born in Italy. 
  3. YOUR PARENTS' MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if the marriage took place in Italy, follow the procedure above). If it took place in the U.S.A., you must obtain a "certified copy" of the license and certificate and an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. 
  4. YOUR PARENTS' DIVORCE DECREE/CERTIFICATE, (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
  5. YOUR FATHER'S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION,  or his Italian passport and permanent resident card ("green card"). Order his Naturalization Record through My Italian Family
  1.  YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE (you must obtain a "certified copy" a.k.a. "full form" or "long form" (not abstract), with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
  2. YOUR FATHER'S DEATH CERTIFICATE (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
  3. YOUR MOTHER'S DEATH CERTIFICATE (if applicable)
  4. YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. If your marriage certificate lacks information such as dates and places of birth, you must also obtain a certified copy of the marriage application/license.
  5. YOUR DIVORCE DECREE/CERTIFICATE (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian. The divorce decree must also include the "certificate of no appeal".
  6. YOUR SPOUSE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE (if applicable)
  7. BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR ALL YOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN - (if applicable) with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the State where it was issued + TRANSLATION to Italian.
  8. YOUR APPLICATION AND YOUR DECLARATIONS THAT YOU AND YOUR ASCENDANT NEVER RENOUNCED ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ANY ITALIAN AUTHORITY, LISTING ALL THE PLACES OF RESIDENCE:

    NOTE: You don’t need to have these forms notarized.

  9. COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT AND DRIVER'S LICENSE
  10. YOUR FATHER'S CERTIFICATE OF ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP FROM ITALY, also known as a "certificato di cittadinanza italiana" (Note: Most Italian embassies and consulates do NOT require this certificate). Please check with the Italian Consulate of the State where you reside. Order a Certificate of Italian Citizenship through My Italian Family

All US certificates must be in "CERTIFED COPY" a.k.a. "LONG FORM" or "FULL FORM". Certificates reporting only the "County" of birth cannot be accepted. You must request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH. For more information please visit our page of Addresses of Vital Records Offices.

IF YOUR FATHER BECAME A NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN BEFORE YOUR BIRTH, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP (unless you fit into another category).

NEED HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION? Our comprehensive “Start-to-Finish Program" includes gathering of required Italian & US Vital Records, Naturalization Papers, Apostilles and Translations in preparation for your Consulate interview.