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Paperwork Requirements for Canadian Citizens

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You wish to get married in Italy?

Certificate of marriage celebrated in Canada

You wish to get married in Italy?

Italian law requires EACH non-Italian wishing to be married in Italy to present a "Nulla Osta" (Certificate of non-Impediment) or equivalent documentation.

The Government of Canada does not issue "Nulla Osta". However, to assist Canadians to meet the Italian requirements, the Embassy of Canada issues a declaration containing the relevant information.

Requests for the declaration can be made by mail or in person, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our delivery service standards are 5 business days from the time we receive a complete application.

Obtaining a Declaration (Nulla Osta) from the Embassy in Rome

You must first complete and swear an affidavit to the effect that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage. You may swear the affidavit in Canada, at the Embassy in Rome or at one of our Consulates, or at another Government of Canada office abroad.

Then, the affidavit and the attached documents listed below must be sent or brought, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to the Embassy of Canada in Rome.

Each Canadian Citizen must:

complete and swear an affidavit. The affidavit may be sworn:

submit the sworn affidavitto the Embassy of Canada in Rome, together with all of the following supporting documents, by mail or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. certified true copy of his/her own valid Canadian passport
  2. proof of Canadian Citizenship:original or certified true copy of a marriage record search issued by the Vital Statistics office of each Canadian Province and/or Territory where he/she resided since reaching the age of 16; each search must cover the entire period during which the person has resided in that Province or Territory
    • for persons born in Canada, original or certified true copy of both sides of the long-form birth certificate, which includes information on the parents
    • for persons born outside of Canada, original or certified true copy of both sides of the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  3. original or certified copy of the applicant’s final divorce certificate or decree (if divorced)*
  4. original or certified copy of a deceased spouse’s death certificate(if widowed)*
  5. certified copy of the fiancé(e)’s valid passport
  6. copy of the consular processing fee payment receipt, or payment in person by MasterCard or Visa
  7. mailing/pick-up instructions (mailing is done by registered post to a foreign or Italian address at no additional cost)

IMPORTANT:If you and your fiancé(e) are both Canadian citizens, you will each need to swear an affidavit, and each obtain a declaration from the Embassy of Canada. Please consider that fees will, therefore, also be doubled.

*Since the new affidavit no longer has all of the divorce data, the Italian municipalities will require that you have your divorce decree or death certificate translated by an official translator and have them authenticated (or notary stamp). These will be presented to the municipality during your declaration.


Fees are payable for each declaration and for each affidavit, if sworn at the Embassy; they are non-refundable. For more information, please see Fees and Method of Payment.

Where do I submit the application?

By mail or courier:

Embassy of Canada
Consular Affairs (LN)
Via Zara, 30
00198 Rome

In person: same address as above, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.  A wedding planning agency can do this for you.

What to Do After Obtaining the Declaration

Your wedding planner will assist with these next steps:

  1. Present the declaration to the competent "Prefettura - Ufficio Legalizzazioni" (provincial authority) to be formally authenticated. 
  2. After it has been authenticated, you must present it to the Marriage Office of the Municipality in Italy. Banns are waived if neither party is Italian nor residing in Italy.
  3. The Municipal authorities will request the couple to return (usually in 2 or 3 days) with 2 witnesses PLUS an interpreter (if one or both parties are not familiar with the Italian language) to execute a declaration before the "Ufficiale dello Stato Civile" (Registrar of Vital Statistics) of the Municipality. Arrangements are then concluded and a date is scheduled for the civil marriage ceremony. Two witnesses PLUS an interpreter (if necessary) must be present at the civil marriage ceremony.

What to Do After the Marriage                                    

Marriages that are legally performed in a foreign country are usually valid in Canada, and you do not need to register them in Canada. If you have questions about the validity of your foreign marriage, contact the Vital Statistics Office of your province or territory.

It is recommended that, before leaving Italy or with the help of the wedding planner if one is present, the newly-married couple obtain from the municipality (Comune) where the marriage was celebrated several copies of a marriage certificate in multilingual format, called Estratto dell’atto di matrimonio in formato plurilingue


It is extremely important that your full name is written in the same way in all the following documents, otherwise the wedding office will not accept the paperwork:

* Passports
* Nulla Osta/Affidavit

Bride: please be sure that your passport and Nulla Osta contains your maiden name.



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