With effect from 1st March 2013, the procedures for British nationals resident in the UK, planning to marry in Italy are as follows:
You cannot start the documentation process earlier than 6 months before your wedding date, or 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.
There are 4 simple steps that each British national, resident in the UK, must follow to get the right paperwork for marrying in Italy.
STEP 1 - CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT (CNI)
You need to obtain a CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT from your local Registry Office in the UK giving notice of your marriage and may take upto 28 days to obtain the certificate. 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. Please take your passport with you at the Registry Office, just to be absolutely certain.
STEP 2 - THE STATUTORY DECLARATION
While you are waiting for your Certificate of No Impediment, you should make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or public notary in the UK. I will attach a copy of the statutory declaration to your e-mail.
The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn’t detailed on your Certificate of No Impediment. Your solicitor or public notary will charge a fee for this service - fees will vary so it might be worth shopping around.
STEP 3 - LEGALISING YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES
When you have your Certificates of No Impediment and you have your Statutory Declaration, you need to send them both by mail to the FCO Legalization Office in Milton Keynes for each to be legalized with the Hague Apostille. It might be helpful to watch this video:
- If the Bride and Bridegroom are both British: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhPz7-wjWjc
- For British Nationals marrying Foreign Nationals: :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5tr_TKlCq8
STEP 4 - TRANSLATION OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT IN ITALIAN
Once both these documents have been legalized, please send me scanned copies of all. My contact in Italy and the Town Hall Officer will check them. I will inform you if all is correct and then you will need to send them to me by courier.
My Italian representative will take care of the translations of your documents. As they will become Italian legal documents, they should be translated by a translator based in Italy officially authorized by the Court and sworn before the Italian Courts.
Once that is done all the documents will be personally delivered to the Town Hall.
To summarize, each British national resident in the UK should have:
- A Certificate of No Impediment – issued in the UK, legalised in the UK and then translated officially in Italy
- A bilingual Statutory Declaration legalized in the UK
- Passport copies
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. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the Town Hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and we can assist you for the application - please contact us for full details.
Please also notice the following :
British Nationals resident in England and Wales marrying an Irish citizen should follow a different procedure - please contact us for full details.
British Nationals marrying an Italian citizen resident in the UK and registered on A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italian Residenti all'Estero) should make enquiries with the local Italian Consulate in the UK.