Legal advisory


For US citizens getting married in Italy

  • Valid U.S. passport (active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces can present their military ID card instead).
  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy).
  • Evidence of the termination of any previous marriage/s if applicable (e.g., final divorce decree, annulment decree, or death certificate of former spouse).  If you are a female whose previous marriage was terminated within the last 300 days, you must obtain a waiver from the Italian District Attorney’s Office (Procura della Repubblica presso il tribunale) at the court in the city where the new marriage will be performed.  The waiver is issued upon presentation of medical evidence that you are not pregnant.

For US citizens getting married in Cyprus

The following documents are required:

  • A valid passport which may be presented as proof of identity, age and nationality;
  • Proof that they are single;
  • Proof of termination of any previous marriages;
  • Confirmation by the competent authority of the foreign nationals’ country that he or she is legally free to marry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to get married in Cyprus, national authorities may request a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, attesting that you are single and free to marry, issued by an official in the United States and certified by an apostille.  The United States, at the federal level, and many individual states do not issue this type of certificate.  National Cypriot authorities will not accept an affidavit in which the participants attest that they are free to marry. U.S. citizens facing this issue should contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, for further assistance.


For Canadian citizens getting married in Italy

  • 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, by appointment, to the Embassy of Canada in Rome.

Each Canadian Citizen must complete and swear the following Marriage Affidavit. The affidavit may be sworn:

  • in Canada before a Notary public
  • in Italy at the Embassy or one of the Consulates
  • abroad at any Embassy or Consulate of Canada.

For Canadian citizens getting married in Cyprus

  • As a first step, the interested persons who should be in possession of legal identification (passports and birth certificates) have to fill in, sign and submit to the Marriage Officer a joint application called “Notice of Marriage” indicating their will to marry each other and containing their particulars on the basis of their passport.
  • At the same time, each of the two parties must make a declaration on oath or affirmation before the Marriage Officer that they know of no impediment or other lawful hindrance to their marriage and that any necessary consent required for the marriage has been obtained, or that no such consent is required.
  • The interested persons should also furnish an official certificate indicating that they are not married. If however the Marriage Officer has any doubt about the accuracy or genuineness of the certificate furnished by the interested persons, or if the interested persons are unable to produce such an official document (like British citizens) they will be called upon to make a sworn declaration before the Registrar of a District Court that they are single and have never been married before. However divorcees have to present the “Decree Absolute” of their dissolved marriage and widows /ers have to present the “Certificate of Death” of their late partner. Also they both have to make a declaration on oath (affidavit) that they have never been married again since then.

For Australian citizens getting married in Italy

Two main documents are required for Australian citizens to marry in Italy. These are the Atto Notorio and the Nulla Osta. Outlined below is information regarding the procuring of this documentation. Please contact the marriage office of the city were you intend to marry in order to obtain more detailed information on marriage requirements (including the list of documents that you need to present) for Australian citizens wishing to marry in Italy.

  • “Atto di notorietà per uso matrimonio” (also known as Atto Notorio): this should be obtained from the Italian Embassy or nearest Italian Consulate in the state where you reside before leaving Australia.
  • If you are unable to obtain the Atto Notorio from an Italian Consulate in Australia, you may obtain one from a Tribunale Civile (Civil Court) in Italy

For Australian citizens getting married in Cyprus

  • As a first step, the interested persons who should be in possession of legal identification (passports and birth certificates) have to fill in, sign and submit to the Marriage Officer a joint application called “Notice of Marriage” indicating their will to marry each other and containing their particulars on the basis of their passport.
  • At the same time, each of the two parties must make a declaration on oath or affirmation before the Marriage Officer that they know of no impediment or other lawful hindrance to their marriage and that any necessary consent required for the marriage has been obtained, or that no such consent is required.

For British citizens getting married in Italy

  • You’ll need to get a certificate of no impediment (CNI) from the authorities in the UK to prove you’re allowed to marry.
  • Your partner will need to follow the same process to get their own CNI.
  • You can normally get a CNI by giving a notice of marriage at your local register office or registrar in the UK. Find your local office or registrar in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey.

For British citizens getting married in Cyprus

  • As a first step, the interested persons who should be in possession of legal identification (passports and birth certificates) have to fill in, sign and submit to the Marriage Officer a joint application called “Notice of Marriage” indicating their will to marry each other and containing their particulars on the basis of their passport.
  • At the same time, each of the two parties must make a declaration on oath or affirmation before the Marriage Officer that they know of no impediment or other lawful hindrance to their marriage and that any necessary consent required for the marriage has been obtained, or that no such consent is required.

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