Are you moving to Italy with your Italian spouse?

This is a blessed time of your life: enjoy fully the beauty of living in Italy!

But don’t let the infamous Italian bureaucracy suck your energies. Just take these 4 right steps to deal with registrations effectively.


STEP #1  –  Marriage certificate

Before moving to Italy, your spouse should register your marriage at the Italian Consulate of your area of residence. They will send your marriage certificate to the Italian municipality in which your spouse is registered (on the Registrar of Italian citizens living abroad, so-called AIRE). This process may take up to 60 days.

As a result, you will be officially recognized as the spouse of an Italian citizen with all the benefits and rights attached to that status in Italy.

It is best to do this registration BEFORE moving: that prevents discussions with the Italian authorities and a lengthy processing. You don’t want to see the worst side of Italy at the start of your stay, right?

So you should hand in your marriage certificate to the Italian Consulate of the area you are residing. They will need your certificate in a specific form:

Your marriage certificate must be in full format: i.e. with all the details registered on the original record, including the spouses’ dates and place of birth as well as their parents’ full name/last names, maiden name.

If you do not register your marriage at the Italian Consulate before moving to Italy, you will need to hand your certificate to the Italian municipality. In that case, your certificate must be translated and stamped by the Italian consulate of the area in which the certificate was issued.

Important! A marriage certificate is regarded as valid in Italy only for 6 months up from its issue date.


STEP #2   –  Immigration

This is a necessary step only if your family member is a national of a non European Union country.
In order to operate your right of residence in Italy (national level), you need to register at the Immigration Office. This is located at the police headquarters of every province (Questura).

You are expected to register within 90 days from your arrival in Italy.

As a family member to an Italian citizen, you are entitled to obtain a residence card. That is a document valid for 5 years and free of charge. Find more information here about the Residence Card

What happens at the office? The immigration office will give you:

– a receipt as proof of your application and

– an appointment for delivering your Carta di Soggiorno

– your tax number (Codice Fiscale)


STEP #3  – Municipality (Anagrafe)

The Italian administration requires multiple registrations and offices do not communicate with each other. So you are required to register with more offices to operate each of your rights.

At this stage, you have to register at the local administration by entering your data on the Population Registrar (Anagrafe) held by the Municipality of your residence. They call this “iscrizione di residenza”.

This step is necessary for ALL family members, no matter of which nationality.

You will have to take the following documents:

– your Immigration Office receipt,

– your passport

– a proof of your lawful residence: a statement by your host, a rental contract or another document concerning your accommodation on a long term

STEP #4  – National Health Care Insurance

Italian health care coverage is free and mandatory, so take full advantage and register for it: just show up at the local public health care office (called Unità Sanitaria Locale, USL) for your area of residence. Take the following documents:

– Municipality receipt,

– Immigration Office receipt,

– your passport

– your tax number

What happens at this office?

You will have to fill yet another application form (often available on the office’s website) and they will give you immediately the health care card.

Finally, you’re done!

And now it’s your turn…

Is there an issue which you regard as more tricky to solve?  If you already moved to Italy, how was your experience?

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