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Criminal records/Police certificates

 

Criminal records/Police certificates

The "certificato penale" is a document which contains the summary of a person’s  criminal  convictions that may no longer be subject to appeal. The "certificato penale" can be requested in person by the interested party or by a person specifically authorised to act on their behalf. The request can only be made in Italy, at the local Court Record Office of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of any town (Ufficio Locale del Casellario presso la Procura della Repubblica), irrespective of the place of birth or residence of the interested  party.

The “certificato dei carichi pendenti”, on the other hand, is a document that shows a person’s  pending criminal proceedings. This certificate can be requested in person by the interested party or by a person specifically authorised to act on their behalf. The request can only be made in Italy, at the  Court Record Office  of  the Public Prosecutor’s Office  (Ufficio Locale del Casellario presso la Procura della Repubblica), in the town of residence or last residence of the interested party.

The relevant application forms can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Justice (click here).

Please note that this Consulate General  cannot request the above certificates on your behalf.

For the above certificates to be valid in the UK, they must be legalised with an Apostille and translated into English. The Apostille can be obtained at a Public Prosecutor’s Office in Italy.

For a translation into English of the above certificates, provided they do not list any criminal records or pending criminal proceedings, you can use  the following templates, which will need to be amended accordingly by adding the relevant information contained in the certificates:

- “Certificato Penale” Translation template (click here)
- “Certificato Carichi Pendenti” Translation template (click here)

Only Italian citizens who need to have the translation of their certificates showing no conviction or pending proceedings certified can come to this Notary Department in person (1) or send someone specifically authorised to act on their  behalf  (2), without an appointment, during normal opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 12.00 noon.

However, for a translation of certificates listing convictions or pending proceedings you will need to use an official translator (click here for the list).  

Please note that this consular translation certification is to be used in UK only, and the relevant British Authorities may not accept it.

Please bring the following:

(1) If the interested party is present:
- Their Identity document
- Original “Certificato Penale” or “ Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti”  duly apostilled
- Translation into English of the certificate/s 
(2) If the interested party is not present:
- The authorised party’s identity document, original  authorisation letter, copy of the interested party’s ID
- Original “Certificato Penale” or “ Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti”  duly apostilled
- Translation into English of the certificate/s 


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