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Italian Passports

 

Italian Passports

The Italian passport is a both a travel document and a form of identification issued:

  • in Italy by the Questure (Police Headquarters);
  • abroad by the network of diplomatic-consular missions.

It is valid for 10 years, requiring that a new one be issued once it expires. For general information on the issue of passports abroad, passport types, and what to do in case of theft or loss, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Please note that passport requests submitted to our office require that the form downloadable below be compiled and submitted in person together with the following documents:

  • expired passport or valid for a period less than 90 days from the date of the request is submitted;
  • two recent passport photographs, in compliance with the Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Click here to find out more.

Pursuant to Law n. 89 of 2014, new passport booklets are subject to payment of a total 116.00 Euro (42.50 Euro for the passport book and a fee of 73.50 Euro). The annual renewal fee has been eliminated.

If the applicant is not a resident in the consular district of Washington, DC, a passport will be issued only in cases of documented serious and exceptional circumstances, and will still be subject to clearance by the competent Police Headquarters or diplomatic-consular missions.

Provisions regarding passports of minors

As of June 26, 2012, children are required to have their own passports. Minors can no longer be registered on the passports of their parents. Earlier releases of passports with parents and minor children are now valid only and exclusively for the parent until the document reaches the expiration date.

The collection of fingerprints is required for anyone over 12 years of age.

The following is required:

  1. consent from both parents;
  2. the presence of at least one parent and any applicant when he or she is less than 18 years of age.

The validity of the passport differs by age:

  • 3 years for children from 0 to 2 years of age;
  • 5 years for children from 3 to 17 years of age.

 The issue of a passport on behalf of minors requires that you come personally to the Consular Office with the following:

  • a passport application using the downloadable form below signed by: a) both parents, or b) by one of the parents with the signed consent of the other parent and a photocopy of the latter’s identification document;
  • Two passport photos in compliance with the Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Click here to learn more.
  • birth certificate (if it has never been officially registered in Italy), long form, together with a translation into Italian and apostille. Click here for more information on the apostille.

Minors traveling unaccompanied by parents

Minors under the 14 years of age may not travel without a parent or guardian without previous authorization from the Office consular jurisdiction.

The authorization will be issued based on a declaration of accompaniment by the parent or guardian that reports the name of the person or company or airline in whose case the minor will be entrusted during the travel. The declaration must be signed by both parents or guardian before a Consular Office r. The declaration of accompaniment and authorization is valid for one round trip travel, and may be extended for a maximum of six months for compelling reasons (medical treatment, study).

You may download the declaration of accompaniment here.

Passports lost or stolen in our consular district

Lost or stolen passports that have been recovered by local law enforcement are returned to our Consular Office .

If your passport has been lost or stolen in this consular district, please report the loss/theft/robbery to the police at the station located nearest you and then inform this Consular Office in writing in order to receive any updates on its possible recovery: passaporti.washington@esteri.it

Passports are released at the Consular Office. Passports that remain unclaimed for a period of one year from the date on which they were returned by local authorities are destroyed.

The official police report must be submitted to our Consular Office in order for a new passport or emergency travel document to be issued.

To contact the Passport Section of the Consular Office in Washington, click here

FAQ

  1. How do I get a new passport?
  2. Can I apply for a new passport by mail?
  3. What should I do if my permanent residency card is damaged or expired?
  4. What can I do if the other parent refuses to provide consent for our underage child?
  5. Must the consent by the spouse and for the minor be submitted only in person?
  6. May a woman have her married name reported on the passport?
  7. Can Italian citizens who were born abroad and never had an Italian passport apply for one?

ANSWERS

  1. How do I get a new passport?
    You must submit:
    - The previous passport, or a valid Italian or foreign photo ID bearing your signature,
    - Two recent passport photos, according to this format (link ICAO o altra informazione che dovrà essere fornita dall’Ufficio Consolare)
    - Documents certifying permanent residency status in the U.S. (green card), long-stay visa (not type B1-B2), or U.S. passport.

  2. Can I apply for a new passport by mail?
    No. You must come personally to the Consular Office.

  3. What should I do if my permanent residency card is damaged or expired?
    You must request a new permanent residency card or submit evidence from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office that you are not a naturalized U.S. citizen.

  4. What can I do if the other parent refuses to provide consent for our underage child?
    You must submit a statement indicating the reasons for the refusal and providing with last known address of the other parent so that s/he may be contacted directly by the Consular office.

  5. Must the consent by the spouse and for the minor be submitted only in person?
    Yes. The spouse must appear personally to sign the consent.

  6. May a woman have her married name reported on the passport?
    No. If requested, a woman’s married name can be noted on p. 4 of the passport booklet so long as the marriage took place in Italy, or, if the marriage took place abroad, was properly registered in Italy.

  7. Can Italian citizens who were born abroad and never had an Italian passport apply for one?
    Yes, as long as the birth has been officially recorded in the “Registri di Stato Civile” (civil status records office) of an Italian town.

 

If you have additional questions, please send an email to: passaporti.washington@esteri.it.

FORMS:

Click here to contact the Consular Office


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