Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

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Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 27 Aug 2012, 23:08

My girlfriend is trying to get a copy of her birth certificate from Napoli. She has sent a request to the commune using a request form we found online. She included all required information and a copy of her US drivers license and a self addressed return envelope with international reply coupons. She has yet to recieve anything and it has been just over a month. Is this a normal amount of time? Should we wait longer? Or should we look at other avenues? We are really at a loss as to what to do next. She needs the certificate to get her US passport. Any information would be much appreciated.

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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby Italysearcher » 28 Aug 2012, 17:52

Wait two more weeks then you need to take action.
Your problem is that they require a fee of 26 cents or 52 cents. Or perhps a 'bollo' of 14.52 euro. With no simple way of paying it.
Many towns have recently gone to autocertification where anyone needing a birth certificate simply fills out a form declaring the information to be true and signs it. For most purposes this is adequate. By filling out the form on line you probably couldn't say it was for passport purposes.
YOu should phone them and find out what they need. Good luck with this I have been trying to phone them for two weeks and they never answer the phone.
You might try writing, enclosing an addressed envelop and 5 euro! Also photo ID.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 29 Aug 2012, 04:40

Thankyou for your reply. The problem with calling them is neither of us speak fluent Italian. Would there be an english speaking employee there that could help us? It seems really rediculous that it is this hard to request something as widely needed as your birth certificate. Where would we obtain one of these autocertification forms? Thanks again in advance. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby jennabet » 29 Aug 2012, 14:39

I would call anyway and speak to them in English. You will probably be forwarded to someone who understands you. In Italy you can usually find a few English speakers in places like government/regional offices, pharmacies, etc., and especially in a big city like Naples which has a large American military presence.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 30 Aug 2012, 01:48

Thankyou so much. We will see what we can find out.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 04 Oct 2012, 07:42

Still nothing :( does anyone have any other suggestions as to where to go from here?
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby Italysearcher » 04 Oct 2012, 19:37

Write to the Mayor using this format:-

Accludo una copia della mia lettera addi 22 febbraio 1996. [Optional-Questa e la seconda lettera che Le invio in quanto non ho ancora ricevuto risposta.]

Dopo due mesi non ho ancora ricevuto alcuna risposta.

Temo che la mia lettera sia andata persa o sia stata dimenticata.

Vorrei chiederLe, ai sensi della legge 241/1990 sul diritto d accesso ai documenti amministrativi, se puo gentilmente interessarsi a questo caso, affinche io possa ottenere una riposta entro un tempo ragionevole.

La ringrazio per la sua gentilezza. Attendo con fiducia una risposta.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 04 Oct 2012, 23:22

Thankyou for your response. Would an email be ok?
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby Italysearcher » 05 Oct 2012, 08:38

You could try that but I don't have much faith in email in South Italy and you may just be prolonging the wait as you would still have to allow a month for the certificate to arrive before writing the letter.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 05 Oct 2012, 09:25

Ok thanks. Would anyone have the mailing address for the mayors office? Google come up with nothing :-/
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby Italysearcher » 05 Oct 2012, 23:44

Sindaco Luigi de Magistris
Comune di Napoli
Ufficio del Sindaco
Piazza Municipio - palazzo San Giacomo
Napoli, NA 80126

0817954393/94 fax

sindaco@comune.napoli.it
You could try this email or even fax your letter to speed things up.
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Re: Obtaining Italian birth certificate from the US

Postby aussiedude » 07 Oct 2012, 21:48

Thankyou
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