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You can do the certificate request in two ways:

  • Over the counter
    • You have to go to the ATM Registry with a valid ID.
    • The application form for the certificate can be downloaded from the website of your commune and delivered to the door already completed, or you can pick up and fill in at the counter registry.
    • It is important to indicate on the form:
      • The name, surname and date of birth of the certificate holder and the other members of the family,
      • The date on which you must report the certification
      • The use that he has to do.
  • By mail
    • You can receive your certificate by mail. In this case you need to download the form, fill it out and send it to: Registry office, Municipality of Sesto San Giovanni, 20099 Sesto San Giovanni (MI).
    • Even in this case, indicate on the form:
      • the name, surname and date of birth of the certificate holder and the other members of the family,
      • The date on which you must report the certification
      • The use that he has to do.


Required Documents[edit]

  • An application form filled out by the applicant
  • Residence Certificate
  • Valid ID

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministero dell'Interno
Piazza del Viminale n. 1 - 00184 Roma
TelefonoCentralino tel. 064651
41.899721690058364, 12.494035363197326

Municipality of Savona

Venice Municipality

Register and Marital Status

Directory of Italian municipalities

Italian Cities and Towns



It is easy to get a stato di famiglia BUT only when you are all already registered as residents in your town hall (comune).


  • A standard or regular letter = 2.58 for each individual recorded in the Stato de Famiglia in the required date;
  • A legal letter = 14.62 for stamps + 5.16 for each individual recorded in the Stato de Famiglia in the required date.


The Certificate of Family Status is valid for six months.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

Declaration in lieu Certification of Family Status -

Processing Time[edit]

Usually the delay for its issue is about 2 days.

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This certificato can be obtained from the Ufficio di Stato civile (Office of Vital Records) of the town or city.

The Office of Anagrafe (Office of the Census) keeps a record called certificato di stato di famiglia (Certificate of Family Status). This document shows the composition of the family unit, including names and dates and places of birth, etc. limited to the family members who were still present at the time the document was prepared.

With the exception of few towns that started to keep such records from about 1870, they are usually not complete for those related to periods before 1911, which means that they have to be constructed by the town official researching each birth, marriage, and death record separately.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of the head of the household
  • Full names of all members living in the same household
  • The relationship of each member to the family
  • Civil status
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Sometimes, the number, part and series of the birth act is also indicated


Need for the Document[edit]

The Certificate of Family Status shows all the events of a family from the beginning of its constitution. It includes changes of domicile, or other changes, as: births, marriages and dates of decease recorded in chronologic order.

Information which might help[edit]

This document may not be proof of the claim of all the legal heirs, if the family has formed in different places and then its members were residing in different municipalities. In this case we require the original certificate in the municipalities in which all members of the family were residents.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

This document is also required for notary purposes, or to hold information about inheritances, successions, etc.

External Links[edit]


This very unusual certificate is also a boon for genealogist. It contains information on the family unit as a whole. Some towns started keeping this type of record as early as 1870 but was not common until 1911. This record truly reflects the Italian belief in family. It will contain information on each member. Grandparents, Parents, siblings, Births, deaths, marriages in usually chronological order.