The death of an Italian citizen who died abroad must be registered in Italy. The documents needed to register the death of the following:
- the death certificate (original) issued by the competent Civil Register Office, duly authenticated and translated(see Document Translation and Authentication section);
- documents attesting to the Italian citizenship of the deceased (if not listed in the consular register).
As an alternative, the 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, 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.