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Photo and signature authentication

PLEASE NOTE

The service for photo and signature authentication is only for passports that will be issued by the Consulate General of Italy in London (for any other purpose please book an appointment with the Notary Office).

 

                                                                              

 

AUTHENTICATION OF A SIGNATURE – PASSPORT FOR MINORS BETWEEN 0 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE 

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

If the parent giving consent is an EU national, they can simply complete and sign the relevant declaration (MOD2 in “Passport” section) 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 in one of the following ways:

  • AT THIS CONSULATE GENERAL IN LONDON, without an appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 3pm to 4pm;
  • AT THIS CONSULATE GENERAL IN LONDON, without an appointment, together with your son/daughter for walk-in service (12-17 years old) on Wednesday or Friday from 3pm to 4pm;
  • WITHOUT COMING TO LONDON, at one of the Honorary Consulates or Consular Agencies of our consular network;
  • WITHOUT COMING TO LONDON, 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);
  • WITHOUT COMING TO LONDON, 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 (How to register a British death certificate).

 

                                                                              

 

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, only for minors resident/registered in the London consular district.

 

                                                                              

 

AUTHENTICATION OF A PHOTO – PASSPORT FOR MINORS BETWEEN 0 AND 11 YEARS OF AGE  (AFFIDAVIT)

To authenticate (certify) a photo you may use form AFT2, which is called “dichiarazione sostitutiva atto di notorietà/affidavit”, in one of the following ways:

  • AT THIS CONSULATE GENERAL IN LONDON, without an appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 3pm to 4pm. Italian/EU parent as well as the minor need to be present. The only non-EU parent is not accepted;
  • WITHOUT COMING TO THIS CONSULATE GENERAL: 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);
    • 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 15:00 to 16:00. .