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Application for a change of name or surname

Application for a change of name or surname


ADMISSABLE APPLICATIONS: in the Italian legal system, a change of name or surname is HIGHLY UNUSUAL and permitted in EXCEPTIONAL CASES based only and exclusively on certain criteria, such as surnames that may be RIDICULOUS or SHAMEFUL or REVEALING PARENTAL ORIGINS. All applications submitted will require substantial documentation to support a CONCRETE and SIGNIFICANT request.

The reasons must be expressed in detail. Requests with insufficient reasons will be returned to the applicant.

In no case can a surname be changed to one of historical importance or otherwise, so as to cause confusion or error to one’s origins to illustrious families or famous people, where the birth certificate is registered or in that general area

PLEASE NOTE: The application MUST be written in correct Italian. Applications written in English will be returned to the sender.

WOMEN’S SURNAME: after marriage, Italian women continue to keep their maiden surname for passports and identity documents. On page 4 of the passport, if requested, the husband’s surname can be added.

ITALIAN WOMEN REQUESTING BRITISH CITIZENSHIP OR ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP: in the case of women who have changed their maiden surname to their married surname, as allowed by British law, the Consulate General can supply a ‘CERTIFICATO DI CONCORDANZA ANAGRAFICA’; this is a ‘letter of proof’ stating that, according to Italian law, married women do not change their surname to that of their husband’s (however the husband’s surname can be added on page 4 of their Italian passport) and therefore the applicant should be considered as one and the same person. This certificate can be requested by post – Address: Consulate General of Italy – Registry Office – III Floor – “Harp House” 83/86 Farringdon Street London EC4A 4BL (for cost of certificate please see Table of Consular Fees).


WHERE TO APPLY: applications will be sent to the relevant ‘PREFETTURA’ (Italian local Home Office branch, established on a ‘Province’ basis) in Italy where applicant’s birth certificate has been registered (if born outside of Italy), or relating to the applicant’s last city of residence. If the application is considered worthy of being processed, a Decree will be issued by the Prefecture.

WHO CAN APPLY: applications can be submitted only by ITALIAN citizens.



To apply for a change of name or surname, these are the steps that need to be followed:

1. complete the change of name/surname form (see HomePage – Forms – Registry Office);

2. payment of applicable fee (Imposta di bollo NAA (Decrees and Change of Name/Surname Application) – see Table of Consular Fees) by Postal order, purchased at UK Post Offices and made out to “Italian Consulate General – London”. PLEASE NOTE: Please staple the Postal Order to the application form.

3. form will be sent to the appropriate ‘PREFETTURA’ in Italy;

4. if the application is accepted, a Provisional Decree will be issued by the ‘Prefettura’;

5. Provisional Decree will be posted on-line by this Consulate for 30 days, following the payment of applicable fee (as in point 2, by Postal Order);

6. after 30-days, a letter of confirmation will be sent to the relevant ‘Prefettura’ in Italy;

7. a Final Decree will be issued by the ‘Prefettura’;

8. Final Decree wiil be posted to you (pre paid Special Delivery required, together with final payment, as in point 2);

9. applicant will need to send Final Decree to the Town Hall (‘Comune’) in the city of their birth or where their birth certificate is registered, to ensure it is legally filed and registered;

10. only after Final Decree has been legally filed and registered, applicant may apply for a new passport and all other relevant documents such as driving license, ‘Codice Fiscale’, Identity Card etc.


1.APPLICATION FORM : please complete the appropriate application form in Italian (see HomePage – Forms – Registry Office), in particular;

a. required change of name or surname;

b. reasons for your request, that should be adequately justified and exceptional (see above the paragraph “ADMISSABLE APPLICATIONS”)

c. your current address in the United Kingdom;

d. list of all your family members;

2.please sign and date your application form;

IMPORTANT: APPLICATIONS FOR A CHANGE OF NAME OR SURNAME FOR A MINOR CHILD: please be informed that such an application must be completed and signed by both parents, by using a specific form (see HomePage – Forms – Registry Office); in this case please also attach both the parents and the minor child’s valid ID together with a sworn declaration of consent to the change (see table at the end of this article);

3.please attach a copy of your valid PASSPORT or ID CARD;

4.DECLARATION OF CONSENT FOR CHANGE OF NAME/SURNAME: a declaration must be signed by immediate family members related to the applicant, such as SPOUSE, PARENTS and SIBLINGS. This must be attached to the application together with a photocopy of each relative’s valid passport or identity card. Each family member can find and download this document in the Forms section above. The declarations must be written in Italian.

5.BRITISH CRIMINAL CERTIFICATE (“Police certificate for immigration purposes”) to be requested from: If an unsigned certificate is issued, it must be requested that the document be signed by a public official. This certificate must be legalized with ‘Apostille’ by:

The Legalisation Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. You will be provided with the relevant address details to submit your documents to upon completing your application online at the following link:; email:; tel. 03700 00 22 44 – 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

PLEASE NOTE: The certificate should also contain any other previous names and/or surnames held by the applicant.

Applications without the Police Certificate duly translated and legalised will be returned to the applicant.

This service is carried out only by post.
This certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
This certificate must be translated into Italian by an official translator (see Home Page for List of Translators).

6.DEED POLL : if the applicant has already obtained a change of name or surname by Deed Poll in the United Kingdom, the original document must be attached to the application and provided with an official translation in Italian (see Home Page for List of Translators inserire allegato) and ‘Apostille’ issued by the British Foreign Office (see point no. 5);

7.ANY OTHER ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT : any additional document in support of the request of a change of name or surname must be provided with an official translation (see Home Page for List of Translators);

8. the application for a change of name or surname is subject to a Stamp Duty Tax (Imposta NAA). The payment for this can be made, by post, including with your application a postal order made out to this Consulate (see Home Page for Table of Consular Fees);

9. once your application is completed, signed, dated, all the attachments enclosed and the relevant fee is paid, it will be sent directly to the relevant ‘Prefettura’ in Italy.