Italy - Register a Death
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
In the event of a death, all interested parties must be notified. If a death takes place in a hospital the attending doctor completes a certificate stating the cause of death (constatazione della morte). Several copies should be made of this document as it is required by banks and other institutions.
If a death occurs at home, the family doctor or the local guardia medica should be called. If there are suspicious circumstances the polizia mortuaria must be informed (call: 113). They will arrange for a post mortem/autopsy examination. Usually the undertakers register the death.
In the case of the death of a foreigner in Italy, the deceased citizen's Consulate or Embassy can be contacted for further information. Although not all nationalities have to register a death in Italy, a Consulate or Embassy can be a good source of advice and support.
If the deceased was a tourist visiting Italy with a tour operator or group, the tour representative must be contacted. They should then contact the insurance company who will take over many of the arrangements.
In order to obtain the required documents and assist with burial and transport, the funeral agent must have the death and identity information of the deceased. A permit must be obtained from the Comune and the Prefettura before the remains can be moved.
Office Locations & Contacts
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
Deaths must be registered within seven days at the registry office (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town commune where it took place. Registration applies to everyone irrespective of their nationality and whether they're residents or visitors.
A fee is charged for the issuance of the certificate. In addition, Italian municipalities also require international reply coupons to pay for postage when mailing vital records to other countries.
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Documents to Use
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Under Italian law, records of births, marriages, and deaths are maintained by the Registrar of Vital Statistics (Ufficio dello Stato civile) in the City Office (Comune or Municipio) of the place where the event occurred. There is no central, regional, or provincial office established which keeps such records.
- Full name at birth of deceased
- Date and place of birth if available
- Place and date of death.
- Cause of death
Need for the Document
The death of an Italian citizens must be registered in Italy.
When a death is registered a certificate is filled out and the information is kept on file and added to the summary register, or Index, of all the events.
Information which might help
The opening hours of registration offices varies between local authorities and some operate an appointments system. You should therefore check with the relevant local authority before attending an office. You will wish to note that a burial can take place before the registration but that a cremation can only take place after the death has been registered.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
The register gives you all the references you need to discover more - in this case, order a certificate.
When the registration is complete the registrar will give you, free of charge:
- A certificate of registration of death for production to the person in charge of the burial ground or crematorium;
- A Social Security registration or notification of death certificate for use in obtaining or adjusting Social Security benefits.
- An abbreviated extract (i.e. excluding cause of death and parentage details) of the death entry.
- You can obtain a full extract of the death entry for a fee.