Registering Your Marriage In Italy
Francesco and I were married three times technically. First in the city building in Salt Lake, second in Park City a week later, third in Italy six months later. We chose to do it that way to make everyone happy. It was a lot of work. I wouldn’t recommend it. We married in the city building so we could get a jump-start on the paperwork. Why? Because after you get married in the US you CANNOT RETURN TO ITALY until you have a spouse visa. It’s bullshit. So, I would recommend doing things as fast as possible if you do it that way. The steps are fairly basic.
Register Marriage License with Italy (Getting Your Spouse Visa)
- File for a marriage license. In Utah this took one hour. It varies from state to state.
- Get Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate. You ask for this at the same place to get your marriage license. In Utah they don’t have a certified one. So they just stamped it a few times in various places and called it good.
- Have county clerk certify the signature. You have to ask while you are at the county building. Utah doesn’t do this either and we were fine.
- Request an “apostle” from the secretary of state-Lieutenant Governor’s Office. This took us about 20 minutes and cost like 90 bucks (bastards!).
- Obtain Translation Of All Documents Into Italian (the marriage certificate). I scanned everything and emailed it to a translator that I had found on the Italian Consulate website. She translated everything and emailed it back to me. This took 24 hours. She’s super nice.
- Attach Application Form to request registration certificate. You print all of this off from the Italian Consulate website.
- Attach copy of Francesco’s Passport. Self explanatory.
- Get passport pictures.
- Deliver in person or mail all above documents to Consulate General. If you deliver it in person it is a million times faster. Also, it took me three days instead of two weeks because I told the woman working that I missed my husband. She felt bad, finished it all on her own very fast and called me back on her day off to pick it up. It was in San Francisco. I love her. Seriously.
Submit with your passport (which the Italian consulate keeps)
A copy of marriage certificate (the certificate must have the apostle seal) and a COPY of it all translated into Italian
A copy of your partner’s passport.
Passport Photos of yourself
Go to the Italian Consulate for your area. You can find out which one services you online. If you don’t see your city/state listed it’s because you don’t have one. You can find out which place represents you. For example, Utah doesn’t have one. I have to go to San Francisco. Lame.
When You Get To Italy:
“Foreigners must report to the ‘Questura’ of the city where they are residing in, to obtain a ‘Permesso di Soggiorno’ (Stay Permit), within one week from entry into Italy. To obtain an extension of the ‘Permesso di Soggiorno’, the foreigner must file an application with the ‘Questura’ before the expiration of the original stay permit.” You register where your husband is a resident. I am a resident of the great city of Cassino. Though I live in Florence (thank you God!).