How to obtain a police certificate - Italy (including Vatican City)

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings and a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Italy:

If you live in Italy:

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti) at your nearest Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). You do not need to go to the office closest to where you were born or where you live, however your certificate will only cover criminal proceedings and appeals at that office.

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate) at your nearest Judicial Records Office (Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale), which are attached to every Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). Only General Certificates are accepted (Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted). You must bring your valid identity document. If you apply by mail, you must send a copy of your valid identity document with your application.

If you cannot apply in person for either or both certificates, you may authorize someone to apply on your behalf. Your representative must bring his/her valid identity document.

If you live outside of Italy:

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti) at your nearest Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). You do not need to go to the office closest to where you were born or where you live, however your certificate will only cover criminal proceedings and appeals at that office.

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate) at your nearest Judicial Records Office (Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale), which are attached to every Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). Only General Certificates are accepted (Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted). You must bring your valid identity document. If you apply by mail, you must send a copy of your valid identity document with your application.

If you cannot apply in person for either or both certificates, you may authorize someone to apply on your behalf. Your representative must bring his/her valid identity document.

If you are not a citizen of Italy:

If you live in Italy:

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti) at your nearest Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). You do not need to go to the office closest to where you were born or where you live, however your certificate will only cover criminal proceedings and appeals at that office.

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate) at your nearest Judicial Records Office (Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale), which are attached to every Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). Only General Certificates are accepted (Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted). You must bring your valid identity document. If you apply by mail, you must send a copy of your valid identity document with your application.

If you cannot apply in person for either or both certificates, you may authorize someone to apply on your behalf. Your representative must bring his/her valid identity document.

If you are not a citizen of the European Union and you do not have a passport, you must show a copy of your permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno).

If you live outside of Italy:

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings (Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti) at your nearest Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). You do not need to go to the office closest to where you were born or where you live, however your certificate will only cover criminal proceedings and appeals at that office.

You should apply in person or by mail for a Certificate from the Judicial Records Register (Certificato del casellario giudiziale – General Certificate) at your nearest Judicial Records Office (Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale), which are attached to every Office of the Prosecutor of the Republic (Procura della Repubblica). Only General Certificates are accepted (Criminal Certificates and Civil certificates are not accepted). You must bring your valid identity document. If you apply by mail, you must send a copy of your valid identity document with your application.

If you cannot apply in person for either or both certificates, you may authorize someone to apply on your behalf. Your representative must bring his/her valid identity document.

If you are not a citizen of the European Union and you do not have a passport, you must show a copy of your permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno).

Information and documents you need:

  • Completed Form #3 - Judicial Records Register - Outstanding Criminal Proceedings application form (completed by yourself or your representative) - complete one form for each:
    • General (Art. 24 T. U.) (For the Certificate from the Judicial Records Register)
    • Outstanding Criminal Proceedings (Art. 27 T. U.) (For the Certificate of outstanding criminal proceedings)
  • Valid identity document (please see above for specifics)
  • Completed Form #5 - Appointment of Proxy (only if using a representative)
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

Visit the Ministero della Giustizia website for more information.

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