Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

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Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby mistertellyman » 14 Aug 2012, 19:33

Does anyone know what the cost would be for a birth, marriage or death certificate from a commune in Italy? Also, what would be the cost of mailing same back to the U.S.?

I received an email from one of the communes in which the amount of $.34 (34 cents, U.S.) was mentioned for a certificate, but I suspect it would cost more than than.

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Bob
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby ktpoloni » 14 Aug 2012, 23:11

Documents like birth certificates in Italy are free. If you send by mail, include a self addressed envelope. From what I have read, they can't use US stamps so you can include a International Reply Coupon:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse/pro ... ernational

Most of what I have read is when you send money or these copuons they often send them back, but is curteous to do.
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby Italysearcher » 15 Aug 2012, 09:13

Historical certificates are rarely charged for but 26 euro cents (34 cents) is a normal charge for a certificate at the Comune anagrafe. Cost of mailing to America is 1,60 euro. Coupons and bank drafts are a waste of time. They cost more to cash in time and money than they are worth which is why they send them back. Better to send 5 euro in cash and an addressed envelope (that way you are sure it will be addressed properly).
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby mistertellyman » 15 Aug 2012, 16:00

Thanks so much for the input! Since I am pursuing dual citizenship and the documents I seek must have an apostille (official seal), will the certificates automatically come that way or should I specifically ask for the apostille?

Thanks again for helping this newbie out!

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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby Italysearcher » 15 Aug 2012, 20:32

I am not sure if the Comune's official stamp and signature will be enough. The last time I had to get an apostille stamp on a certificate I had to take it to Frosinone where they authenticated the signature. I can only assume that is what an apostille is.
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby roobyred » 16 Aug 2012, 15:54

I sent requests to both Casacalenda and Montedoro by fax and snail mail. I offered to pay whatever they wanted. Neither one charged me a dime and the turnaround time was reasonable. Good luck! Roberta
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby mistertellyman » 16 Aug 2012, 19:04

Roberta,
Did you send your snail mail request via certified mail? That's what I intend to do just so I know it gets delivered. Here's hoping that I hear back positively from the Comnune di Gaeta!

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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby roobyred » 16 Aug 2012, 20:06

No. Just regular mail. I really don't think you will have any problem!
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby Italia1963 » 16 Aug 2012, 20:45

You do not need an Apostille for Italian documents
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby roobyred » 16 Aug 2012, 21:34

Bob, one thing to remember...most Italians are on holiday during the month of August so it may just take longer to get your certificates.
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Re: Cost of Birth Certificates from Italy?

Postby mistertellyman » 17 Aug 2012, 04:05

I appreciate everyone's input. I actually sent two letters in the past couple of years and heard nothing. That's why I wanted to send something certified. I think I'll wait until September and send another letter.

Grazie, all!
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