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Criminal records/Police certificates

 

Criminal records/Police certificates

Criminal Record and Police Certificates

This Consulate General certifies the conformity of English translations of some criminal record and police certificates issued by Italian authorities, exclusively to Italian citizens.

For information on how to obtain British criminal record and police certificates for use in Italy, see http://conslondra.esteri.it/consolato_londra/en/la_comunicazione/domande_frequenti/certificato-penale-britannico.html

Italian certificates and how to obtain them

Applications for these certificates and their legalisation by apostille (necessary for their use in the UK) must be submitted directly to the competent Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy. The interested party, or a person officially authorised to act on their behalf, may submit this application. Some Public Prosecutors’s Offices have introduced postal procedures for applicants residing abroad (for instance, the one in Rome). Enquiries on this regard must be directed to the relevant Public Prosecutor’s Office in Italy.

General information regarding the types of certificates available and how to obtain these from abroad, is available at https://www.giustizia.it/giustizia/it/mg_3_3.page

The certificato penale is a document containing the summary of a person’s criminal convictions that may no longer be subject to appeal. The Legislative Decree n. 122/2018, has incorporated the certificato penale and the certificato civile in the certificato del casellario giudiziale, also containing any potential conviction included in the European criminal record. These certificates are valid for a maximum of six months from the date of issue.

The certificato del casellario giudiziale and its legalization by apostille can be obtained from any Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy, regardless of the place of birth or residence of the applicant.

The certificato dei carichi pendenti, on the other hand, reports the list of a person’s pending criminal proceedings. Also this certificate is valid for a maximum of six months from the date of issue. The certificato dei carichi pendenti and its legalization by apostille can be obtained from the specific Public Prosecutor's Office competent for the place of residence (past or present) of the person concerned. It is also possible to apply for this certificate at a Public Prosecutor's Office other than that of residence, but in that case the certificate will only report the proceedings pending at that relevant Court (non the one competent for the place of residence).

Certifications of conformity of English translations of Italian certificates

Foreign citizens (in any case) and Italian citizens whose certificates report criminal convictions or pending criminal proceedings, must refer to a certified translator in the United Kingdom to obtain certifications of conformity of the English translation. A list of translators known to this Consulate is available at https://conslondra.esteri.it/consolato_londra/it/in_linea_con_user/info_utili/info-utili.html#Traduttori_Interpreti

On the other hand, Italian citizens whose certificates do NOT report criminal convictions or pending criminal proceedings, can request this Notary Office to certify the conformity of the English translation, following to the postal procedure illustrated below.

First, prospective applicants should send an e-mail to notarile.londra@esteri.it containing the following documents:

  1. Scan (PDF format) of the applicant’s valid Italian identity document (passport or identity card);
  2. Scan (PDF format) of the apostilled certificate;
  3. English translation of the certificate (Word format). The translation can be carried out by the applicant themselves, using and adapting the following templates for the certificato del casellario giudiziale and for the certificato dei carichi pendenti.

If the material submitted in the application will be considered acceptable, an Officer will request the applicant to send, via the post, the following:

  • Photocopy of the applicant’s valid Italian identity document (passport or identity card);
  • ORIGINAL certificate, apostilled;
  • Printout of the certificate’s English translation;
  • One postal order for each certificate which translation should be certified. Postal Orders can be purchased at any Post Office, must be addressed to the Consulate General of Italy in London and must contain an amount equal to that indicated in art. 72C of the Table of Consular Fees;
  • A pre-stamped "Special Delivery" envelope, bearing the address to which the validated documents should be sent. It can be purchased from any Post Office.

Applicants should send the documents to:

Notary Office
Consulate General of Italy in London
Harp House, 83-86 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4BL

Should applicants send incomplete or incorrect documents, the Office will be unable to proceed with the certification of conformity of the translation.

Application form for certificato del casellario giudiziale and certificato dei carichi pendenti

Template for translation of certificato del casellario giudiziale

Template for translation of certificato dei carichi pendenti

 


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