The children of Italian citizens, even if born abroad and possibly in possession of another citizenship, are Italian citizens.
Therefore, their birth must be registered in Italy. To file a birth registration application, the applicant may turn to the competent diplomatic or consular office with the following documents:
- A birth certificate (the original or a certified copy of the original) issued by the Civil Registry Office of the foreign Country, duly authenticated and translated into Italian (see the Document Translation and Authentication section);
- a self-declaration affidavit attesting to the Italian citizenship of at least one of the parents (if not listed in the consular register).
As an alternative, the Italian applicant may file the certificate, duly authenticated and translated into Italian, directly with the competent Italian municipal administration (see Art. 12, Para. 11, of Presidential Decree No. 396/2000).
The certificates released by the signatory Countries of the Vienna Convention of 8 September 1976, providing for the issue of a multi-lingual form, are exempted from the obligation to be authenticated and translated. These Countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. It should be noted that at present the aforesaid Vienna Convention cannot apply to Greece, even if it is one of the signatories of the Convention, because it has not yet proceeded to ratify it.