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AUTHENTICATION (CERTIFICATION) OF SIGNATURES AND PHOTOS

 

AUTHENTICATION (CERTIFICATION) OF SIGNATURES AND PHOTOS

AUTHENTICATION (CERTIFICATION) OF SIGNATURES AND PHOTOS FOR PASSPORT ISSUING

 

AUTHENTICATION OF A SIGNATURE FOR PASSPORT ISSUING

The parents’ consent is always required for the issue of a passport to a minor or to a parent with minor children. It is irrelevant whether the parents are married, cohabiting, separated, divorced or are natural parents. The reason for this is to protect the minor.

If the parent giving consent is an EU national, they can simply complete and sign the relevant declaration (MOD 1/MOD 2 in "Passaporti" section/MOD 2 in "Passaporti" section or using a specific form) and enclose a photocopy of a valid passport or national ID card where the signature is visible, so that it can be compared to the one on the form.

If the parent giving consent is a non-EU national – which includes British nationals – they must sign the consent declaration (MOD 1/MOD 2 in "Passaporti section/MOD 2 in "Passaporti section or using a specific form) in one of the following ways:

· Without coming to London, at one of the Honorary Consulates or Consular Agencies of our consular network. Following is a list of honorary consular offices: ASHFORD, BEDFORD, BIRMINGHAM, BRISTOL, CARDIFF, CHESHUNT, GIBRALTAR, GUERNSEY, JERSEY, LIVERPOOL, MANCHESTER, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NOTTINGHAM, PETERBOROUGH, WATFORD e WOKING. Contact details here.

· At any British notary public. The declaration certified by the notary must then be legalised by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Get your document legalised).

· At this Consulate General on the day of the appointment. Alternatively without an appointment (walk-in service only for the consent) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 3pm to 5pm

· Before a public official in Italy

· If the non-EU parent is in a country other than Italy or the UK, before an officer of the relevant Italian Embassy or Consulate.

If one of the parents is deceased, a copy of their death certificate must also be submitted.

If the other parent’s consent cannot be obtained, the passport applicant may initiate the procedure for the issue of a Consular decree, signed by the Consul General acting as Judge supervising a guardianship, for minors resident/registered in the London consular district.

 

AUTHENTICATION OF A PHOTO (AFFIDAVIT)

To authenticate (certify) a photo you may use Form AFT2, which is called “dichiarazione sostitutiva atto di notorietà/affidavit.

The photo does not have to be certified at the Consulate. You can ask a British or EU national to certify it. As laid down in British legislation, the signatory must:

- Have known the parents for at least two years (you can ask a friend, neighbour, or colleague), but they cannot be related to the applicant.

- Be a person of good standing in their community

- Work in a recognised profession. The British authorities have published a NON-exhaustive list which includes, amongst others, a teacher, a dentist, a pharmacist, a photographer, a local government employee etc.

Only if you are unable to have the photo certified by someone that fulfills the above requirements will you be able to come to the Consulate without an appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm. BOTH parents as well as the minor (under 12) need to be present.


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