Legal requirements for Australian citizens

Two main documents are required for Australian couples who want to get married in Italy.

These are the Atto Notorio and the Nulla Osta.

Once couples choose the town or the city where to get married, we will start contacting the respective office of the town-hall to get all the information regarding their availability and current local rules.

For a legal marriage in Italy you will need:

  1. Atto di notorietà for wedding use” (also known as Atto Notorio):

this can be requested to the Italian Embassy or to he nearest Italian Consulate in the state where you live in Australia.

If you can’t receive the Atto Notorio from an Italian Consulate in Australia (for example because you’re already in Italy), you may obtain one from the Tribunale Civile (It may take time knowing the place….) in Italy or from the civil registrar (ufficiale di stato civile) of the marriage office of the city where you want to get married. An expert destination wedding planner knows how to deal with these authorities.

  1. NULLA OSTA: In addition to the Atto Notorio, an Australian citizen who intends to get married in Italy will need to make a Sworn Declaration (Nulla Osta) at the Australian Embassy in Rome or the at the Australian Consulate-General in Milan.

Remember to check the validity of your Australian passport as this one needs to be presented to the Embassy or to the Consulate officers when you will sign the Nulla Osta.

Briefly, a Nulla Osta declares that there are no obstacles to get married in Italy and must be signed, whether you are single, divorced, or widowed, in the presence of an Australian Consular officer at the Australian Embassy in Rome or at the Australian Consulate in Milan.

A Nulla Osta sworn outside of the Italian territory is not valid for use in Italy.

Besides, if you have been married previously, you will need to prove the termination of the previous marriage.

The consular officer who will be present at your signature of the Nulla Osta will need to see, where applicable, your original divorce certificate or the death certificate of your late spouse.

Note that photocopies are not acceptable.

Please note that, following the Italian rules in the subject of marriage, a divorced woman who desires to marry again within 300 days of the date of her divorce, must seek authorization from an Italian Judge in order to get married in Italy.

The Nulla Osta is valid for six months and it costs around $70.00 per Australian citizen. 

All certificates, including divorce certificates or death certificates certifying the termination of your previous marriage, must be originals. Photocopies will be not accepted.

  1. 3. LEGALISATION:

Once you have obtained the Nulla Osta, it will have to be legalized by the Ufficio Legalizzazioni of the Prefettura.

You may take the document to any Prefettura office in Italy. Your destination wedding planner can easily locate a Prefettura Office.

  1. CIVIL CEREMONY:

After all this, you or your wedding planner on your behalf will now take the Atto Notorio and Nulla Osta to the Ufficio Matrimoni, in the Italian city where you’ve planned to marry.

At this time, an appointment to lodge your Declaration of Intent to Marry will be given, and another for the day of the wedding ceremony.

These two appointments may be on the same day. It is customary to pay a fee for the rental of the marriage hall, and this fee may vary according to the town hall you are planning to marry in.

The Declaration of Intent to Marry is followed by the Civil Ceremony.

You will receive your marriage certificate before the wedding ceremony or you will receive it immediately after the ceremony.

After your wonderful ceremony, hopefully, after your amazing reception, you will have to affix an Apostille to the Italian Marriage certificated by the Italian authorities at the Prefettura of the city where you get married, so that it can be legally valid once you’ll be back Australia.

Please keep in mind that during the peak marriage season (May to September), it could be difficult to get an appointment for the marriage celebrant and to apply for the Apostille as many foreigners ask to marry in Italy in that period, therefore we suggest you take care of all these bureaucratic procedures quite in advance.

If one of the two of you is Italian or is an Australian citizen with Italian residency, the Italian authorities may require that Banns that will be posted for at least two weeks before the date of the wedding.

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