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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.

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

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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A CHANGE OF NAME OR SURNAME:

WHERE TO APPLY: applications will be sent to the relevant ‘PREFETTURA’  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.

APPLICATIONS : INSTRUCTIONS AND DOCUMENTS TO BE ATTACHED:

  1. Application form

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

c. sign and date your application form

You need to provide as follows:

c. Certificate of residence in Armenia;

d. Household certificate;

c. photocopy of your Italian passport

d.  payment of fees (AMD 6,800, please be informed that the amount change every 3 months)

IMPORTANT: NO ORIGINALS OR COPIES OF DOCUMENTS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT.

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 click here;

2. payment of applicable fee (it is available at this Embassy).

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 Embassy for 30 days, by the payment of applicable fee;

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, by the payment of applicable fee;

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.