The digitalized copies obtained at this Site have no legal value whatsoever and it cannot be used with legal or administrative purposes, especially for citizenship applications.
In fact, law 555 of 1912 stipulated that the children of an Italian father born abroad could apply for Italian citizenship. After the 1947 Constitution and the Constitutional Court rule number 30/1983 this right has been extended to Italian mothers. .Italian emigrants descendants can apply for iure sanguinis citizenship in accordance with the terms stipulated by Law 91/1992, New citizenship rules; the list of the required documents, which includes birth or marriage certificates, can be found at Ministry of Internal Affairs’ circular K 28.1 of April 8th 1991. For further information please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Citizenship, regulations, procedures and circulars.
In order to receive an authenticated copy of a document present in this site you need to contact the local State Archive that holds that file: you may find the contact information in the section “The Land and the Sources“.
The authenticated copies, also called certified copies, are copies of the certificates issued by a Public Authority, which ensures its authenticity in accordance with the terms stipulated by Art. 18 DPR 445/2000. Please remember that in order to receive an authenticated copy of a certificate you will have to pay an administrative fee, unless the purpose of your request (which you have to declare in order to obtain the copy) is exempt from payment. You may verify if your purpose is exempt from payment or not at the “Annex B” of DPR no. 642 of October 26, 1972.
To do your own research on the registry office or to request certificates of your forefathers, you have to contact the city hall of your town of origin or residence. Telephone and fax numbers, email addresses and websites of Italian cities are available at Italy National City Hall Association (ANCI) or at Comuni-italiani.it. The Wikipedia page Comuni d’Italia.
The web site Anagrafe Nazionale della Popolazione Residente (ANPR) is currently under construction and will replace the registries of 7.978 Italian City Councils
If you need to request the service records of your ancestor you would have to contact the following offices:
- For the Army, please contact the competent Documentation Centers di appartenenza (the former Military Districts) , for Officers, non-commissioned officers or privates;
- For the Navy, please contact Persomil 11th Division, in Viale dell’Esercito n.186 CAP 00143 Rome 06 5170 50153; for Officers, non-commissioned officers or privates;
- For the Air Force, please contact Persomil 12th División, in Viale dell’Esercito n.186 CAP 00143 Rome – 06 5170 50865, for Officers and non-commissioned officers; instead, for privates, please contact the “Deposito matricolare” in Piazza Guerriero Gonzaga n. 17 CAP 05018 Orvieto, phone no. 0763 342811/23;
- For Carabineri please contact the competent Documentation Centers, for Officers, non-commissioned officers or privates, or the Carabineri’s General Command for more recent documents.