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Parental consent explained

 

Parental consent explained

If you wish to apply for an Italian passport and have children under the age of 18, you must ask the other parent to complete and sign SECTION B of your passport application form (MOD1). Parental consent is mandatory whether you are single, married, separated or divorced.

If the other parent is an EU citizen, he or she can complete and sign Section B of your passport application form in person or at home. Don’t forget to provide a photocopy of their passport or Identity card (clearly showing their photograph and signature) so that we can verify that the signatures match.

If the other parent is not an EU citizen, he or she must complete and sign Section B of your passport application form in person. Don’t forget to provide a photocopy of their passport or Identity card (clearly showing their photograph and signature) so that we can verify their identity. If the other non EU parent is not resident in England, you must ask them to sign a Parental Consent form, in person, at their nearest Italian Consulate/Embassy or Questura (police station in Italy).

Once the Parental Consent form has been legalized, the other parent must send it to you so that you can submit it together with your passport application form (MOD1).

If the other parent is deceased, you must provide a death certificate together with your passport application form (MOD1).

If you wish to apply for an Italian passport for a child, both parents must complete and sign MOD2. Please note that the rules regarding EU and non EU citizens described above still apply.

What if the other parent refuses to sign Section B of my passport application form (MOD1)?

If the other parent refuses to give you Parental consent, you can apply for a Consular Decree which will allow the Consul General, serving as a Guardianship Judge, to authorise the issue of your passport (or other travel document) in exceptional circumstances.

Your Consular Decree application must be made in writing. It should detail the reason/s why the other parent is refusing to give you their parental consent and the reason/s why you feel their refusal is unjustified. Your application should also include detailed information about child support payments or custody arrangements if any. If possible, please disclose the other parent’s last known address/contact details so that we may attempt to contact him/her directly.

If it is deemed that the reasons given for refusing consent are unjustified, the Consul General, serving as a Guardian Judge, may authorise the issue of your passport by Consular Decree.

Consular Decree applications are to be submitted only in the most exceptional of circumstances and should only be used as a last resort.


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