Civil Wedding? General information for a legal marriage in Italy – Rules for the British Citizen
Independently from your nationality, in order to get legally married in Italy you should be able to provide the following documents.
Please note that the paperwork requirements expire after 3 months if you have not yet married:
- Certificate of No Impediment
- Nulla Osta
It is fundamental that your full name is written in the same manner in all the above documents otherwise your paperwork won’ t be accepted by the wedding officials
If you are a British citizen, you cannot start the documentation process more than 6 months before your wedding date, or 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.
The process can be simple divided into five steps. Be aware that those requirement are valid if you are resident (and living) in UK. Each British citizen have to follow this procedure for the legal marriage in Italy.
- Obtain the CNI – Certificate of No Impediment
The Certificate of No Impediment is issued in the UK. To do this you must give notice of marriage to your local registry office. After your notice has been posted for the required period you will be issued with a ‘Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage’, signed and dated by your local Registrar. It is essential that the names you give to the Registrar, which will appear on your Certificates of No Impediment, are exactly the same as written in your passports. I do stringly raccomand to brin with you your passport to the Registar office.
- Have the Statutory Declaration
Required by th Italian authorities, it is a biligual document that you can make to a solecito or public notary in UK. The fee vary depending on the solecitor or public notary you choose.
- Make the Apostille
As soon as you have the CNI and the Statutory Declaration you should make the Hague Apostille at FCO before send out the document to Italy to start the Italian procedure.
- Translate your CNI
As it will become an Italian legal document it should be translated by a translator based in Italy and sworn before the Italian courts or an Italian Justice of the Peace. The Statutory Declaration does not need to be translated since it is already in both languages.
- Legalise the document for the Italian authorities
Send your orginal documento to your wedding planner and she will provide for the last seal at the closed court on the place you’ll get married. The docuemnt need to be delivered to the Town hall according to the pocily each town hall has.
Please note, under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband.
Have a look at this video for more information
If you are an Amarican Citizen, you can find the info for the legal marriage by clicking here
As each nationality has the own rules, feel free to contact me for more information