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What is a Residence Certificate in Italy? 

The residence certificate (certificato di residenza) is a document attesting to the residential status of an individual in Italy containing information including name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, residential address, and the town of residence.

VALIDITY: The Italian Residence Certificate is valid for 6 months.

How to Obtain a Residence Certificate in Italy

Under Italian law, residential records are maintained by the civil registry office (ufficio anagrafe) in the town hall (comune) where the event occurred. There is no central, regional, or provincial office established which keeps such records. When applying for one of these certificates, the applicant must supply all relevant information, and submit the request written in the Italian language.

The Historical Residence Certificate

The historical residence certificate is instead a document that contains the historical residential status of an individual in Italy. Historical civil records dating back as far as the mid-19th century, Italy does not have a national database in digital format. These old handwritten records are kept in each town hall (comune) where the civil status event occurred and was registered.

To obtain this certificate, “historical research” beforehand is necessary.  Once the town hall receives the official request for historical research together with the complete and correct information, the officers will check into the historical documentation archive page by page to make sure that the record does exist. This process could take some weeks or even months. Only after the town hall confirm that they have found the record, you can submit a request for obtaining the certificate.

If you are doing genealogical research to find your Italian roots, we can help. We are experienced in genealogical and historical civil record research in Italy, we work closely with the leading immigration and citizenship consulting firm in Italy – Mazzeschi s.r.l. and provide historical research assistance for various clients who need to reconstruct a family tree for an Italian citizenship application.

Get your Certificate of Residence valid for legal use abroad

For legal use or fiscal purposes, a Residence Certificate in the Italian language is usually required to be translated into the language of the destination country. In some countries, such translations should be done by a certified translator who should then swears an oath to attest that the translation is faithfully equivalent to the original text. The sworn translation in the language of the destination country will need to be further legalized (apostille) to be valid abroad.

We can assist on that, find out more about our service here: Document legalization, apostille, and sworn translation in Italy

If you are not sure about the rules and requirements of the country where your Italian document should be destinated, we can help. We know the requirements and procedures to ensure your Italian documents and certificates are accepted in another country.

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