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The children of Italian citizens, even if born abroad and possibly in possession of another citizenship, are Italian citizens.
Their birth must, therefore, be registered in Italy.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations submitted after the age of 18 require the payment of a late registration fee (see Consular Fees).

To request the registration of a birth, the Italian citizen can contact the competent Diplomatic or Consular Representation, equipped with the following documents:

  • original birth certificate (“full” or “unabridged” version) issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs and accompanied by an Apostille of the Hague, issued by DIRCO – South African Department for International Relations and Cooperation;
  • copy of a valid identity document of both parents;
  • the Consular office will take care of translating the documents for sending to the A.I.R.E. Municipality. The citizen is not required to present the sworn translation;
  • the original documents must be kept in the consular archive and cannot be returned after registration. It is advisable to obtain certified copies before delivering the originals to the Consulate;
  • the documents may be delivered in person, at the entrance to the Consulate, or by courier. It is not necessary to make an appointment for delivery.

Alternatively, the citizen may present the document, duly legalized and translated, directly to the Italian Municipality to which he/she belongs (see art. 12, para. 11, Presidential Decree 396/2000).

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