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  • Get the name of the town where the event took place and its province.
  • Address the envelope to the Ufficio dello Stato Civile for that city, town or province. It must include any postal code.
  • Insert a letter in the envelope that explains why you are requesting the vital records. It must include the full name of the individual, that individual's parents, and the date and place of the event.
  • Sign the letter and include a self addressed stamped envelope. Check ahead of time on the cost of the processing fee with that city.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Identification documents
  • Reason for obtaining the certificate
  • Receipt

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Office Acts of Death
Via della Consolata, 23 - first floor
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8.15 am to 15.00 hrs on Fridays 8:15 to 13:50
Wednesday: 8:30 to 12:30 with entrance from Via Giulio, 22
Phone: 011/4425290 - 4425353-4425472
E-mail: [email protected]

Municipality of Savona

Venice Municipality

Register and Marital Status



There are reliable agencies that can get vital records from Italy for a fee. However, it is possible to request the same information by mail. The registrar of vital statistics, or Ufficio dello Stato civile, keeps such records in city offices. If possible, write the request in Italian to get a faster response.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


The death certificate has no expiry date.

Documents to Use[edit]

Death Certificate, fill out the following form Certificato di Morte(PDF, 48kb)


Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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The most important fact to remember about genealogical records in Italy is that records are kept at the town (Comune) level, with duplicate copies of these records being deposited in State Archive (Ufficio dello Stato Civile) of each province, located in the provincial capital.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name at birth of deceased
  • Date and place of birth if available
  • Place and date of death


Need for the Document[edit]

The Death Certificate is the certificate certifying the death of a citizen in a given day. Death certificate is a document issued by the competent authority, specifically the Registry of Vital Records at the municipality of residence. The death certificate declares the date, place and cause of a person's death entered in an official register of deaths. In order to obtain a death certificate, the competent authority requires copies of the deceaseds personal ID, and tax code.

Information which might help[edit]

Under Italian law, records of births, marriages, and deaths are maintained by the Registrar of Vital Statistics (Ufficio dello Stato C ivile) in the c ity ( comune or m unicipio) where the event occurred. There is no central, regional, or provincial office established which keeps such records. When applying for one of these certificates, the applicant must supply all relevant information. The office of the registrar cannot undertake extensive research of its files to locate a record which is not properly identified, and will not translate requests in a foreign language. A request written in Italian usually produces faster results.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Death certificate is a very useful document and is required under various circumstances e.g. succession, inheritance, future marriages e.t.c.

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If a document is required as evidence before a court or similar body, it must be authenticated by the responsible Italian authorities.