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Italian Passports

 

Italian Passports

NEW: online passport applications

NOTICE to all Italian Citizens registered with AIRE and residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Washington: as of June 18, 2018, users will be able to complete Italian passport applications online, as well as make an appointment with the passport office. The online booking system is accessible from the Embassy website’s passport page.

 

The Italian passport is both a travel document and a form of identification issued:

  • in Italy: by the Questure (Police offices);
  • abroad: by the network of diplomatic-consular missions.

It is valid for 10 years, and once it expires, may not be renewed: upon expiry, a new passport must be issued. For general information on passports abroad, passport types, and what to do in case of theft or loss, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Italian citizens resident in the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. consular jurisdiction may apply for a new passport by booking an appointment with the Passport Office, following the instructions herein included and those indicated in the prenota online page. New Passport Applications must be supported by the documents listed below.

Those Italian citizens who reside in other Consulate jurisdictions must submit their application to the competent Italian Consulate. Information and contacts of the Italian Consular Network in the U.S are listed on our website in the section “Consular Network”.

Should the applicant not reside in the consular jurisdiction of Washington, D.C., a passport will be issued only in cases of a documented serious emergency which occurred during an occasional stay in this Consular jurisdiction, and will still be subject to clearance by the competent Police Office or diplomatic-consular missions, depending on the legal residence of the applicant. Requests for a new passport by non-residents may be submitted, with a duly filled-out application form, to the following email: passaporti.washington@esteri.it. In such circumstances, the Passport Office will verify that the request meets all the necessary criteria to issue the passport, and will subsequently contact the applicant to schedule an appointment for the applicant to come to the Embassy in person in order to have his/her fingerprints taken (for applicants over 12 years old) and have his/her passport issued.

Pursuant to Law n. 89 of 2014, new passport booklets are subject to payment of a total 116.00 Euro (42.50 Euro for the passport book and a processing fee of 73.50 Euro). We only accept payments in US$ at the Euro/USD exchange rate applied for the current quarter (Passport Fee), issued in the form of “Money Order” or “Cashier’s Check” to “Embassy of Italy, Washington, D.C.”

Since July 2014, the annual passport tax has been abolished.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Provisions regarding application for passports of adults and minors

After booking the appointment online, the applicant is required to submit together with the application:

  • two recent passport photographs, in compliance with the Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Click here to find out more.

  • The old Italian passport (expired or close to expiry), unless this is the first time application or an application following the loss/theft of the Italian passport. In case you are applying for your first passport, you must also submit a valid ID document – either Italian or foreign - with picture and signature. In case of loss/theft you must submit evidence that you filed a loss/theft report with the local US police.

  • U.S. Entry VISA or U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) issued or renewed after August 16, 1992. If the issuing date of your Green Card is before August 16, 1992, you must also submit a declaration issued by USCIS confirming that the applicant has not become a U.S. naturalized citizen, or you must exhibit a U.S. Customs and Border Entry Stamp issued by the U.S. Immigration Office on one of your passport pages after August 16, 1992. In the absence of either the Green Card or the passport stamp, the new Italian passport won’t be released. If you are applying for a new Italian passport under emergency, you are not required to prove that you are legally resident in this consular jurisdiction.

If the applicant has become a U.S. naturalized citizen after his/her birth, he/she must submit, if never submitted before, copy of his/her Naturalization Certificate.

Provisions regarding application for passports of minors and Atto di Assenso (Act of Assent)

If the minor child hasn’t yet been registered in Italy, the parent should submit the child birth certificate (in original book form, with apostille, and with Italian translation, together with relevant application form to transcribe the vital record to Italy) to verify the maternity and paternity and to proceed with transcribing the birth to Italy. Such obligations must be fulfilled before booking the appointment to submit the passport application (you can do so by either submitting the documents in person to the Consular Chancery or by mailing them in).

The Atto di Assenso is a personal declaration signed by the person who has parental responsibility, guardianship, or custodial rights over the minor child. It can be signed at the Consular Chancery or mailed, or e-mailed (PEC or by e-mail to passaporti.washington@esteri.it) or faxed, together with a photocopy of an ID document. The signature of a non-EU citizen residing abroad is authenticated by the officer that receives the declaration based on current applicable law, after properly checking the ID of the non-EU citizen; otherwise the signature can also be authenticated by the competent foreign authority (in the U.S., by a Notary Public), duly apostilled or legalized.

-to release a minor passport, it is always necessary to first acquire the act of assent of those who have parental responsibility, guardianship or custodial rights over him/her

Act of Assent for a parent of a minor child

In this case the act of assent of the other parent is needed. The assent is required also for those parents not legally married, living together or not living together, if they have minor children. If the Act of Assent is not available, it is necessary to obtain the authorization from the Tutelary Judge. In such cases, the applicant must submit a formal application specifying the reason why he/she does not have the Act of Assent and providing the contacts of the parent who has denied it and file it with the Tutelary Judge with jurisdiction over the area where the minor resides. If the minor resides in Italy, the competence is with the Court of Minors of his/her place of residence. If the minor (or the citizen subject to custodial arrangements) lives abroad, the filing is done with the Chief of the Consular Office, whom, in the performance of the functions of tutelary judge as per Art. 33 and 34 of Law Decree N. 71/2011, after having after having carried out every useful preliminary investigation to guarantee the protection of the minor, issues a motivated provision of authorization or refusal to issue the document.

Provisions Concerning Passports of Minors

Since 26 June 2012 minors are required to have their own individual passport. The registration of minors on the parents' passport is no longer valid.

Parents’ passports with registration of minor children remain valid for the parent only until the passport expires.

If the minor is born abroad, the birth certificate must have been already submitted to the local Italian Consulate to transcribe it to Italy and register it in the Vital Records Office of the AIRE Comune where the parent is registered.

Once the child turns 12 years of age, fingerprints are taken.

To release a minor passport, it is always necessary to first acquire the act of assent of those who have parental responsibility, guardianship or custodial rights over him/her. If such assent is denied by one of the parents, the same provisions apply as described above for the release of a passport to an adult who has minor children.

The validity of the passport differs by age:

  • 3 years for children from 0 to 3 years of age;
  • 5 years for children from 3 to 18 years of age.

The issue of a passport on behalf of minors requires that you come personally to the Consular Office with the following:

  • a passport application using the downloadable form below signed by: a) both parents, or b) by one of the parents with the signed consent of the other parent and a photocopy of the latter’s identification document if EU citizen or c) signed by one parent, with the other parent’s act of assent notarized by a Public Notary if non-EU citizen;
  • Two passport photos in compliance with the Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Click here to learn more.
  • birth certificate (if it has never been officially registered in Italy), long form, together with a translation into Italian and apostille.
  • If this is not the first passport application, please also submit the former passport.

Minors traveling unaccompanied by parents

Minors under the 14 years of age may not travel without a parent or guardian without previous authorization from the Office consular jurisdiction.

The authorization will be issued based on a declaration of accompaniment by the parent or guardian that reports the name of the person or company or airline in whose case the minor will be entrusted during the travel. The declaration must be signed by both parents or guardian before a Consular Office r. The declaration of accompaniment and authorization is valid for one round trip travel, and may be extended for a maximum of six months for compelling reasons (medical treatment, study).

You may download the declaration of accompaniment here.

Passports lost or stolen in our consular district

Lost or stolen passports that have been recovered by local law enforcement are returned to our Consular Office .

If your passport has been lost or stolen in this consular district, please report the loss/theft/robbery to the police at the station located nearest you and then inform this Consular Office in writing in order to receive any updates on its possible recovery: passaporti.washington@esteri.it

Passports are released at the Consular Office. Passports that remain unclaimed for a period of one year from the date on which they were returned by local authorities are destroyed.

The official police report must be submitted to our Consular Office in order for a new passport or emergency travel document to be issued.

To contact the Passport Section of the Consular Office in Washington, click here

FAQ

  1. How do I get a new passport?
  2. Can I apply for a new passport by mail?
  3. What should I do if my permanent residency card is damaged or expired?
  4. What can I do if the other parent refuses to provide consent for our underage child?
  5. Must the consent by the spouse and for the minor be submitted only in person?
  6. May a woman have her married name reported on the passport?
  7. Can Italian citizens who were born abroad and never had an Italian passport apply for one?

ANSWERS

  1. How do I get a new passport?
    You must submit:
    - The previous passport, or a valid Italian or foreign photo ID bearing your signature,
    - Two recent passport photos, according to this format (link ICAO o altra informazione che dovrà essere fornita dall’Ufficio Consolare)
    - Documents certifying permanent residency status in the U.S. (green card), long-stay visa (not type B1-B2), or U.S. passport.

  2. Can I apply for a new passport by mail?
    No. You must come personally to the Consular Office.

  3. What should I do if my permanent residency card is damaged or expired?
    You must request a new permanent residency card or submit evidence from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office that you are not a naturalized U.S. citizen.

  4. What can I do if the other parent refuses to provide consent for our underage child?
    You must submit a statement indicating the reasons for the refusal and providing with last known address of the other parent so that s/he may be contacted directly by the Consular office.

  5. Must the consent by the spouse and for the minor be submitted only in person?
    Yes. The spouse must appear personally to sign the consent.

  6. May a woman have her married name reported on the passport?
    No. If requested, a woman’s married name can be noted on p. 4 of the passport booklet so long as the marriage took place in Italy, or, if the marriage took place abroad, was properly registered in Italy.

  7. Can Italian citizens who were born abroad and never had an Italian passport apply for one?
    Yes, as long as the birth has been officially recorded in the “Registri di Stato Civile” (civil status records office) of an Italian town.

 

If you have additional questions, please send an email to: passaporti.washington@esteri.it.

FORMS:

Click here to contact the Consular Office

 


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