Translation, Apostille and Certification of Compliance of Foreign Documents
In order to be enforceable in Italy, deeds and documents issued by U.S. authorities must be legalized by means of an Apostille issued by the Secretary of State of the State where such documents originated.
Such deeds and documents, except those drawn up on multilingual models provided for by International Conventions, must also be translated into Italian.
The translations must bear the certification of the translation affixed by the Consular Authorities.
In order to obtain the certification of conformity of the translation, the applicant should send their request to:
Consulate General of Italy in Miami
Certification of Conformity Translations
4000 Ponce de Leon Blvd, suite 590
Coral Gables FL 33146
It will be necessary to include the following:
– Original document;
– Apostille, where required;
– money order (link to Consular Rate art. 72A).
– Pre-stamped and completed return envelope.
Please note: in case of missing or incomplete documentation, the contents of the shipment will be returned in full to the sender without the issuance of service
The above documents are subject to payment of the fees in accordance with the Consular Tariff currently in force.
In countries that have signed the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 on the Abolition of the Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, the need to legalize acts and documents issued by foreign authorities is replaced by another formality: the affixing of the “APOSTILLE.”
Therefore, a person from a country that has acceded to this Convention does not need to go to the Consular Representation and ask for legalization, but can go to the competent local authority designated by each state-and indicated for each country in the act of accession to the Convention itself-to have the APOSTILLE affixed to the original document. Thus perfected, the document is recognized in Italy, after being translated.
The updated list of countries that have ratified the Hague Convention and the Authorities competent to affix the apostille for each of the states is available on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law: