Apostille Information - The Hague
The Apostille authenticates the signatures
and stamps appearing on a document.
Documents issued in one country (USA for example) which need
to be used in another country (Italy) must be authenticated or legalized before
they can be recognized as valid by the Italian government for dual citizenship.
The Apostille is the legalization provided by the Office of the Secretary of
State of the State where the document/certificate is issued.
note: it is not a stamp on the certificate. It is a legalization, a document
stapled to the birth/marriage/death certificate by the Secretary of State.
certification by the Hague Convention Apostille, the document is entitled to
recognition in the country of intended use (Italy), and no certification by the
Authentications Office or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the
foreign country where the document is to be used is required.
Birth / Marriage / Death records
related to the Italian side must bear an "Apostille" (according to Hague
Convention of Dec. 5, 1961) , except for the Certificate of Naturalization
and/or similar documentation.
DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR AN APOSTILLE FOR ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP
Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records:
certificates must be in “CERTIFED COPY” a.k.a. “LONG FORM” or “FULL FORM” (not
“certification” or “abstract”). Said forms can be obtained at the Vital
Statistics Office of the State in which the birth/marriage/death took place.
Certificates reporting only the “County” of birth can not be accepted. You must
request the Vital Statistics Authority to state the CITY OF BIRTH. The document
must contain a legible signature from the county clerk as well a have a raised
seal in order to be authenticated and not be more than one (1) year old.
Additional Requirements Regarding New York City Documents for Birth,
Death, Marriage and Divorces:
New York City Vital Record Documents
must first be notarized and then have the notary's signature certified at the
county clerk's office where the notary is qualified. For this to occur the
original document must be presented to the County Clerk's Office in the county
where the document was obtained so that the signature of the clerk may be
verified and so that a Letter of Exemplification may be attached .
When requesting your Certified vital record document you should request
that it be Exemplified by the county clerk’s office, that they affix a certified
seal and that the document contain a legible signature.