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Documents Necessary for Americans to Get Married in Puglia

American citizens, wishing to get married in Puglia, have to comply with a number of regulations and provide specific documentation that needs to be prepared both in Italy and in the USA. Please, consider the below information as a general guideline for U.S. citizens, planning to get married in Puglia. I suggest that you should contact me directly, because every case is specific and requires individual approach. Depending on your residency, marital status and the city you have chosen for your wedding ceremony, your wedding in Puglia might need to follow specific procedures.

NB! Marriages involving U.S. citizens can by no means be performed by the U.S. Consuls nor take place on the premises of the U.S. Consulate.

In Italy you can have a civil wedding, Catholic wedding or symbolic wedding. The civil wedding is the one which makes the union legally binding and so no matter what ceremony you choose you will need to prepare the following documents in order for your Puglia wedding to be legal in the USA.

Documents Required by US Citizens for a Civil Union in Puglia

To get married in Puglia, an American Citizen must present two documents: Nulla Osta (or affidavit) released by the American Consulate in Italy and legalized with an Apostille and an Atto Notorio released by the Italian Consulate in the USA or by a local Court in Italy. In case the citizen is a resident of Italy, he/she will also have to request banns publications at his/her local Commune.

How to obtain ATTO NOTORIO

The Atto Notorio is a certificate of no impediment to marriage, obtained by the American citizen, after a sworn declaration made in front of the Italian Consul in the USA. There must be at least two witnesses (must be over 18 and not related to the applicant or either of applicants), testifying under oath that, according to the laws to which the citizen is subject in the USA, there is no legal obstacle to his/her marriage.

Alternatively, the same can be done in front of a local court in Italy, still in the presence of two witnesses and the same documents. The Atto Notorio is released immediately, but the preparation of the documents might require some days. If you plan to do this in Italy, we can assist you, but you must be in Italy with 2 witnesses at least a full week before the day of the wedding.

In order to obtain an Atto Notorio issued by this Consulate applicants must schedule an appointment giving one month notice. An appointment must be booked also at a local Italian Court.

ATTO NOTORIO OBTAINED IN THE USA

Documents needed to obtain an Atto Notorio in the USA for each of the spouses:

  • Long Form Birth Certificate with the full names of the parents (original or certified true copy) legalized in the USA and legally translated into Italian (this translation can be made by a legal translator in the USA)
  • If applicable – evidence of the termination of any previous wedding (original or certified true copy) legalized in the USA and legally translated into Italian (this translation can be made by a legal translator in the USA)
  • If applicable – name change evidence (original or certified true copy) legalized in the USA and legally translated into Italian (this translation can be made by a legal translator in the USA)
  • If applicable– widow status evidence (original or certified true copy) legalized in the USA and legally translated into Italian (this translation can be made by a legal translator in the USA)
  • Passport of each of the spouses and each of the witnesses.

ATTO NOTORIO OBTAINED IN ITALY

Documents needed to obtain an Atto Notorio in the ITALY (Puglia). For each of the spouses I will need to know most of the data contained in the documents above.

  • You will have to contact me and I will prepare your Atto Notorio form.
  • You will be advised on a day you have to be in the Court of Bari for your appointment.
  • Make sure 2 witnesses that know you well can be with you at the meeting with the court (who may be of any nationality, must be over 18, possess valid photo identification, and know the applicant; they cannot be family members, future family members or affines. The witnesses should speak at least basic Italian)
  • A fee of 16€*2 + 11,06€ = 43,06€ (three day issue) or 16€*2 + 33,18€ = 65,18€ (same day issue) payable by tax seals (marca da bollo) which I can buy on your behalf.
  • Atto Notorio is valid for 90 days.

How to obtain NULLA OSTA

  • The required “Nulla Osta” Affidavit form is available for download. Please, print out and complete the form beforehand, but do not sign it until you are in front of a consular officer in one of the consular sections in Italy responsible for your wedding city. Please, find below the Consular Districts you might wish to consider. If you are already in Puglia the Consular Districts in Rome or Naples are the most convenient.
  • Be sure to book a meeting with the US consulate via their website at least two months before your arrival in Italy. Some consular sections are only opened to the public a couple of days a week, so be sure you plan your trip and wedding in Italy accordingly.

Notarial services are performed only by appointment.

To schedule a notarial appointment in Rome, click here
To schedule a notarial appointment in Florence, click here
To schedule a notarial appointment in Naples, click here
To schedule a notarial appointment in Milan, click here

  • The fee to the consulate can be paid at the consulate for the equivalent of 50 US$ per Nulla Osta (credit cards are usually accepted).
  • The Nulla Osta will have to be LEGALIZED at the local Prefettura, adding an administrative fee stamp of 16,00€ per document to the amount. This is handled by me and my colleagues, but consider that the Prefetturas are only open in the mornings, and if we do not have the Nulla Osta by 10 – 10:30 am, we might not be able to have the legalization before the following day. So, booking an appointment first thing in the morning around 9:00 am is the best solution, as many Prefettura Legalization Offices do not accept any new visitors by 11:00 am.

With the Atto Notorio and the Legalized Nulla Osta, the American Couple NON RESIDING IN ITALY will then meet the local town hall registrar two days before the wedding, together with an interpreter, to sign a sworn declaration (witnesses are not needed at this stage). After that, the wedding can take place as planned.

In case one of the spouses is residing in Italy, after the above, banns must be posted at the local city hall for 8 working days before the marriage occurs. As said though, banns are waived if neither party to the marriage is an Italian citizen and neither is residing in Italy.

A marriage is considered valid in Italy if performed under civil or religious auspices. A civil ceremony is performed at the city hall or an authorize venue in Puglia (please, visit Puglia wedding venue page on this website) and a translator must interpret if at least one of the parties does not understand the Italian language. A religious ceremony is performed by a Roman Catholic priest or by a clergyman of any other denomination authorized by the Italian Ministry of Interior to perform a religious ceremony.

You do not need to register your wedding in the US, but to make sure all the organizations accept your marriage certificate. I will take your marriage certificate to the local Prefettura to have it legalized by placing an Apostille on the certificate. This process is obligatory, however, not doing so may result in some organizations not accepting the document though.

Documents Required for US Citizens Jewish Wedding in Italy

For a Jewish marriage to be legally binding you will have to have both a civil marriage (as described above) and the Jewish ceremony for the union to be accepted under Jewish law. Firstly contact your local Rabbi in the US who will help you coordinate the Jewish wedding with an Italian synagogue. You will need the following documents:
– A document from your local Rabbi declaring that you are both Jewish and free to marry.
– Jewish divorce/annulment, death certificate of previous spouse.
– Bride’s Ketubah and the groom’s parent’s Ketubah.
– Certificate attesting that the couple has attended pre-marital counseling.
– Certificate attesting that the bride has being to the ritual baths and performed the mikvah mitzvah not more than 4 days before the wedding.

Documentation Required for US Citizens Catholic Wedding in Puglia

For the Catholic wedding to be legally binding you need to have a civil union as well, this is often included in the Catholic ceremony or handled by your Catholic official, but you will need all the above mentioned documents required for a civil union. In addition a Catholic wedding requires:
– Baptism, first communion and confirmation certificates of both the spouses.
– Certificate attesting that you have completed a pre-marital course.
– A letter from your local priest authorizing the wedding, stating that you are active members of the church and naming the venue for your wedding.
– A letter (Nihil Obstat) from your local Bishop authorizing the wedding, stating there is no legal or religious reason for you not to wed and naming the venue and date of your proposed wedding.
– Obtain a prenuptial Inquiry Form from the archdiocese of your city, it is filled out by your priest and stamped and signed by your Bishop.
– Catholics who have previously been married will need a formal certificate of annulment in order to remarry in Italy.
– If one of the spouses is not Catholic you will need a “Permission of mixed religion” sealed and stamped by your local Bishop.
– All the documents need to be translated into Italian.

 Further details may be found here.

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