OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS
The Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) maintains records of important events (birth, marriage, divorce, death, etc.) of Italian citizens and their relatives who are residents of the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee. These residents are required to inform the Consulate of Italy in Detroit of such events.
Italian citizens are required to submit the following U.S. documentation of important events:
All these documents, issued by U.S. authorities, are required whenever registering with the City Hall (Comune) where the head of the family (Capofamiglia) last resided.
Prior to submitting certificates, carefully check in particular: names, dates and places of birth. Indicate middle names only if they already appear in Italian registry records. In the event of an error, request that the issuing office make corrections prior to authenticating the certificate.
Births, marriages, or deaths occurring outside of Italy must be recorded in the last city or town of residence (Comune di ultima residenza) in order to be acknowledged. Approximately two months are needed for this process.
Verify with the Consulate that family records (births, marriages, divorces, deaths) are kept current.
1) Such documents must always be obtained from the U.S. authorities in "long form" and must bear a "live" or "ink" signature where required. Following is a list of Vital Records Offices in the area of jurisdiction of this Consulate:
2) Said documents must then be submitted to this Consulate bearing the APOSTILLE, issued by the Secretary of State of the state that has issued the certificate. The Apostille is an international method of authentication which renders a foreign document valid in Italy.
Following are the addresses of the appropriate Secretaries of State in our jurisdiction:
For additional information you are encouraged to visit the US State Department's web site.
In the case of divorce, the decision of the U.S. Court must be recorded in Italy.
The following have the right to register their divorce sentences in Italy through this Consulate:
In order to register a divorce in Italy you are required to submit:
Said documents must be submitted to this Consulate, who will in turn legalize the translations (please contact us to obtain current fees) and transmit them to the appropriate City Hall in Italy.
MARRIAGE BANNSThe Consulate must publish the announcement of a marriage when either the bride or the groom is an Italian citizen, registered with AIRE, resides in the consular jurisdiction, and when the marriage takes place in Italy.
It is advisable to request publication several months in advance since the marriage announcement needs also to be published in Italy.
For information on the documents required, please contact the Office of Vital Statistics.