Whose civil status certificate can be tracked and requested with a good chance of success?
- The Italian ancestor must have been born, married and / or died after 1865. Indeed, in that year, a national law urged the creation of a population register for each Italian Municipality.
- The client must know the exact date (dd/mm/yyyy) and the exact Municipality of when and where the birth, marriage or death.
Note that the finding of a civil status certificate in Italy is not certain for those born, married or deceased before 1872, because the registries of the population were made mandatory on a national level only at the end of 1971. There are other rare natural events such as fires, floodings and earthquakes that may have determined the loss of civil status documents.
Which is the Italian authority that can issue a civil status certificate valid for official purposes?
The competent authority is the Municipality of the place where the event took place.
Validity of the civil status certificate
Civil status certificates do not have an official expiration date. However, it is noteworthy that some public authorities may request for the certificate to be issued within a certain time lapse, also depending on its use
The expected time frame to obtain a civil status certificate varies significantly from Municipality to Municipality. In any case, in most cases, the waiting time does not exceed 3 months.
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