FAQ. Estratto per riassunto dell’atto di matrimonio. What is it, where, when, and how can you request it?
Based on our customers’ experience, we can say that it happens quite often that people file their Italian citizenship application by marriage through an Italian consulate, and only after they start the process they discover that they have to formally prove their marital status. For this reason, they are then requested to produce an estratto per riassunto dell’atto di matrimonio, which most people that do not live in Italy rightly do not know what is.
An estratto per riassunto is an official document issued by the Italian Comune where the marriage was celebrated or was transcribed (if celebrated abroad), which contains the registration details (year, act number, part, and series of the Register of Civil Status), the personal data of the spouses, the date and place of marriage, plus additional data that is called “annotazioni marginali“ (marginal annotations), such as the matrimonial property regime (communion/separation of assets), or divorce. If there are no marginal annotations you will read “nessuna” (none).
Click here to see an example of an Estratto per riassunto dal registro per gli atti di matrimonio
So, after an applicant has been told that an estratto is needed, he/she does not know what exactly to do in order to obtain this important document. After some online research, they realize that the information on the website of the Comune of interest is not clear or is in Italian only, and so they try to get in touch with their Comune, but they usually do not receive any answer.
So, how can someone request and obtain an estratto per riassunto dell’atto di matrimonio from an Italian Comune?
One thing we noticed is that many people do not know that if they want to request an estratto per riassunto of their act of marriage, first they need to be sure that their marriage was ever transcribed in the Registers of the Comune of interest (where the Italian spouse is registered in the AIRE), if the marriage was celebrated abroad. Therefore, the first thing you have to do is verify if your act of marriage was actually transcribed in your Comune.
Then, if you receive a negative answer, which means your marriage was never transcribed, so your marital status in the registers of the Comune is still “celibe” or “nubile” (“unmarried”), in order to request an estratto per riassunto, you will first need to request the transcription of your act of marriage (here are our previous posts 1)In Rome, Milan, Turin, and Naples the transcription of your act of marriage can go on a fast-track thanks to VI. 2) Transcription of marriages celebrated abroad in the Italian Registers of Civil Status, and 3) Do you need to transcribe a foreign act in the registers of the Municipality of Rome? Here’s why you should do it quickly!)
On the contrary, in case you receive a positive answer, in the sense that your marriage has already been transcribed, you will be able to request your estratto per riassunto dell’atto di matrimonio, from your Comune. As per the procedure to follow in order to obtain the estratto, every Comune has its different rules, so it is advisable to try to get in touch with the administration to understand if in your case you have to go in person, or if you can send a letter (in Italian) to a specific address, or a pec message to the pec address of the Comune, should you have a pec account (in this case you will only receive a soft copy).
Certificato, estratto per riassunto, and copia integrale
Furthermore, we noticed that in many cases there is a little confusion between a certificato di matrimonio and an estratto (there is also the copia integrale dell’atto di matromonio, although it is requested/used less often). Therefore, it could be useful to clarify how an estratto per riassunto differs from a certificate or a copia integrale.
- The marriage certificate shows the minimum essential data, so it contains the registration details (year, act number, part, and series of the Register of Civil Status), the personal data of the spouses, the date and place of marriage. It is a certification that proves the marital status.
- In addition to the above data, the estratto per riassunto also includes other significant data that is called “annotazioni marginali” (marginal annotations as defined by article 69 of the D.p.R. 396/2000), such as the matrimonial property regime (communion/separation of assets), or divorce. It is a summary of what is registered in the official Register of Civil Status of the Comune.
- The copia integrale dell’atto di matrimonio is the authenticated copy of the act as it has been registered in the Register of the Civil Status of the Comune, where any circumstance and annotation is reported. It is a “complete copy” of the act of marriage.