Legalization of documents in Italy

legalization of documents in italy
Find out more about how the legalization of documents in Italy works: for documents that are issued and need to be validated for use abroad.

This section is dedicated to how the legalization of documents in Italy works, based on types of documents, legalizations and jurisdiction bodies.

Table of contents

  1. Application of legalization
  2. Types of documents to legalize
  3. When to legalize documents
  4. Jurisdiction bodies
  5. Translation of official document
  6. How we can help you
  7. Book a call
  8. Get a quotation for your Legalization


1. Legalization of documents in Italy: which type?

The legalization of documents in Itally applies to the following:

  • Acts and documents issued by Italian authorities, so that they are legally valid abroad (i.e. Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Driving licences, Criminal Records Certificates, etc.).


2. The types of legalizations for documents

Depending on the destination country, the document will need a dedicated type of legalization.


A&P team can support you in the legalization process of Italian documents.


3. When do I need to legalize documents in Italy?

The legalization of documents in Italy can be requested by:

  • Italian citizens or foreigners who have to validate a document in Italy to be used abroad.


4. The Jurisdiction bodies

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs is responsible for taking care of the legalization of documents in Italy.

Depending on the office that has issued a specific document, the Ministry delegates the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Courts and the Prefectures in the legalization process.

Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Courts: responsible for legalizing acts signed by Notaries, Chancellor’s office Functionaries and Sheriff-Officers.

Prefectures: responsible for legalizing documents signed by other Italian Authorities, such as Registry office Functionaries.

  • Consular: after the legalizaton of Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Courts or Prefectures, documents have to be submitted to the Embassy/ Consulate of the destination country to receive the final legalization
  • Apostille: it is released by the competent jurisdiction body in Italy
  • Other Legalization: due to special agreement between Italy and the destination country:  it is necessary to verify what the agreement requires for a document to be valid in the destination country (i.e. multilingual certificate)


5. Translation of official documents

In addition to the legalization of documents issued by Italian authorities, it is possible to authenticate official translations of documents from Italian to a foreign language. These translations, which can be made by our team of multilingual experts, can acquire legal value abroad if submitted to a special legalization process to be done at the Italian Court.

How we can help you get your documents legalized

Arletti & Partners can support you in obtaining an Apostille or a standard legalization stamp on your documents and/or requesting new documents, if required.

The process can be summarized in 3 easy steps:

  1. First, you have to send the original documents to Studio A&P (in some cases, however, copies of the documents are enough);
  2. After receiving the documents, we will deposit them on your behalf at the competent authorities’ offices;
  3. Finally, once they are ready, Studio A&P sends you back the legalized documents.


The timing for apostille a document is around one week, depending on the province.

On the other hand, the timing for the consulate legalization, instead, is around two weeks, depending on the competent consulate.

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If you would like to read more about legalization types and our process, please refer to our dedicated webpage: Legalization and Apostille.

Otherwise, feel free to fill in the form below to receive a quotation and apply to legalize your documents.

Please Note: fees for legalization of documents vary based on your needs. Prices start from a minimum of €100,00 and increase based on:

  • Your Country;
  • Translation;
  • Type of document;
  • and other.