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Passports

 

Passports

Passports

The Italian passport allows the holder to travel to all countries recognized by the Italian government. The model currently in use is unique and of the biometric type, has 48 pages, and contains a microchip with the owner's personal data, photo, and fingerprints. Children under the age of 12 and applicants suffering from illness or other serious impediments are exempted from the acquisition of fingerprints, upon presentation of the certifications required by law.

Further information is available on this page.

 

- Who can apply for a passport at this Consulate?

- How to get a passport

- Passport for children under 12 (only by post)

- Passport for 12-year-olds and older at the Consulate

- Passport for 12-years-olds and older at the honorary consular office

- Passport with emergency procedure

- What to do in case of theft or loss of the passport

- Consent to passport for minors

- Consent to passport for parents of minor children

- Authentication of signature for British citizens or citizens of other non-EU countries

- Decree of the tutelary judge

- Double passport

 

Who can apply for a passport at this Consulate?

Only the Italian citizens who are 1) residents in the Manchester district and 2) regularly registered to AIRE (Link to: AIRE). To return to Italy or to their country of residence, citizens who are not registered to AIRE can instead request an ETD.

Except in cases of documented urgency, a passport can only be requested in the six months before the expiry of the one provided. It is the sole responsibility of the holder to ensure that he has a valid passport and to arrange for its renewal on time.

For those born abroad ot who have acquired the Italian citizenship abroad, including those already in possession of an Italian passport, an essential requirement to be able to apply for a passport is the transcription of their birth certificate at the Registry of their AIRE Municipality (“Comune”), or the certainty that this procedure has been started. The Italian national who has not yet submitted a request for transcription of their birth certificate must therefore do so at the same time as the request for the passport (link to: Registry Office).

 

How to get a passport

The service is provided based on the age of the passport holder on the day of issue.

For children under 12, the request must be submitted by post.

From the age of 12 onwards, the acquisition of biometric data being necessary, it is necessary to proceed with a consular appointment to be fixed with the Prenot@Mi system or by contacting one of our Honorary Consular Offices.

In any case, the issued document is identical.

It is also possible, for compatriots aged 65 and over, to request an appointment by post by writing a letter, with a copy of the identity document attached to the below address:

Consulate of Italy - Passport Office

58 Spring Gardens - II floor

M2 1EW Manchester.

 

Passport for children under 12 (only by post)

A visit to the Consulate is not required. The request can only be sent by post, attaching:

1) the relevant form, filled out in its entirety;

2) simple photocopy of an identity document for each of the parents, not expired;

3) act of consent to the issue of the passport from both parents (see below);

4) two identical passport photos, acquired no more than 6 months prior to the request and compliant with ICAO standards. One of the photos must be authenticated, as per UK law, using the dedicated form, by a British or EEA citizen who has know the minor's parents for at least two years, is not their relative, is someone of good standing in their community and works in a recognized profession in the UK (a list can be found here (https://www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications/accepted-occupations-for-countersignatories). Should you not be able to refer to such professionals, you can refer to our honorary consulates 

5) parents’ proof of address, dated no more than 3 months before the request (link to: AIRE);

6) postal order or cash amount (updated amounts are available by clicking here). GBP 0.85 must be added to the amount of the postal order for collection fees;

7) A prepaid "Special Delivery" envelope up to 500g and complete with the address for returning the passport;

8) any passport that is expiring, expired or damaged or, in the case of a first passport request, a simple photocopy of another Italian identity document or foreign passport;

9) in case of loss or theft of the passport supplied, it is necessary to submit both the report made to the local police authorities and our report form.

All the documentation indicated must be sent to:

Consulate of Italy - Passport Office

The Chancery, 2nd floor

58 Spring Gardens

M2 1EW - Manchester

Once the passport has been printed, the Consulate sends it to the applicant at the address provided in the request.

Incomplete or incorrect requests cannot be processed and are returned to the sender.

 

Passport for 12-year-olds and older at the Consulate

The request can be submitted only by appointment, to be booked through Prenot@Mi, attaching:

1) the form for issuing passports for over 12 years, filled out in its entirety;

2) an identity document that has not expired;

3) two identical passport photos, acquired no more than 6 months before the request and ICAO standards (if the passport is for a minor, one of the photos must be authenticated using the dedicated form);

4) parents’ proof of address not older than 3 months (link to: AIRE);

5) if the passport is for a minor, the act of consent to the issuance of the passport from both parents (see below);

6) if the passport is for a parent with minor children, the act of consent to the issuance of the passport from the other parent (see paragraph "Passport consent for parents of minors");

7) postal order or cash amount (updated amounts are available by clicking here). GBP 0.85 must be added to the amount of the postal order for collection fees;

8) any passport that is expiring, expired or damaged;

9) in case of loss or theft of your passport, you must submit both the report made to the local police authorities and our report form.

If the request is correct and complete (registration with the applicant's AIRE through this Consulate, updated personal details and marital status, etc.), the passport is usually issued on the day of the appointment. In case of a lack of documentation, the compatriot must collect the passport at a later date or receive it at home after delivery of a prepaid envelope.

 

Passport for 12-years-olds and older at the honorary consular office

A passport can also be applied for at one of the honorary consular offices, according to the procedures specified by them. These are the documents to be submitted:

1) the relevant form, filled out in its entirety;

2) an unexpired identity document;

3) two identical passport photos (one of which is notarized with the appropriate form), acquired within the last 6 months and conforming to ICAO standards;

4) proof of address dated no later than 3 months from parents (link to: AIRE);

5) for minors, the act of consent from both parents (see below);

6) if the passport is for a parent with minor children, the act of consent to the issuance of the passport from the other parent (see below);

7) expiring, expired or damaged passport, if any;

8) if your passport is lost or stolen, you must submit: 1) the report made to the local police authorities and 2) our report form;

9) postal order or cash amount (updated amounts are available by clicking here). GBP 0.85 should be added to the postal order amount for collection fees;

10) a prepaid "Special Delivery" envelope up to 500g;

11) any expiring, expired or damaged passport.

The Honorary Consular Office will forward the file to this Consulate which, once verified, will mail the passport to the applicant's address of residence.

There is no application of the urgency procedure to passport applications through honorary consular offices.

 

Passport with emergency procedure

In cases of proven urgency, a citizen registered with AIRE through this Consulate may apply for a passport under an emergency procedure. The assessment of the circumstances justifying the urgency procedure is referred to this Office, which will consider:

a) serious health/family reasons of the applicant, their parents or their minor children certified by facilities or competent public or private Authorities in Italian or English (if in another language, a translation into English or Italian is required);

b) unavoidable work necessities, substantiated by a reasoned request signed by the person holding executive positions (complete with name, role and telephone number of the person signing) and drawn up on the employer's letterhead.

In all cases, the applicant must present the flight reservation or other travel document at the counter. The benefits of the emergency procedure can never be extended to family members or companions of the holder. In addition to the normal cost of the passport, the emergency procedure applicant must also pay the emergency fee (updated amounts are available here).

The urgency procedure also involves time, related to the necessary legal verifications, so an immediate issuance of the passport cannot be guaranteed.

To access the service, it is necessary to send an e-mail to manchester.passaporti@esteri.it, placing the applicant's LAST NAME, first name, and date of birth as the subject line, followed by "EMERGENCY PASSPORT," describing in the body of the e-mail the reasons why the passport is requested and attaching copies of:

1) applicant's ID;

2) proof of address of the parents dated no later than 3 months prior to the request (link to: AIRE);

3) flight reservation or other travel document;

4) supporting documentation as per a) and b).

Having ascertained the urgency, the Consulate will make an appointment for the compatriot to submit the request.

 

What to do in case of theft or loss of the passport

If your passport is stolen or lost, you should immediately file a report with the local authorities and then mail us the following:

1) the dedicated form;

2) a copy of the report filed with the Local Authorities;

3) a copy of an unexpired identity document;

4) proof of address dated no later than 3 months (link to: AIRE);

5) copy of lost or stolen document, if any;

6) supporting documentation of any urgency.

This should then be emailed to us at manchester.passaporti@esteri.it, taking care to fill in the subject field as follows: LAST NAME, first name and date of birth of the applicant, followed by "LOST/STOLEN/PASSPORT."

 

Consent to passport for minors

The issuance of a passport for a minor is conditional on the explicit approval of both of their parents, by means of handwritten signatures on the appropriate form (act of consent). The document is also essential in the case of unmarried, separated or divorced couples, even when the minors in question are already passport holders. This consent can be expressed either by signing in the appropriate field of the passport application form for the minor, or separately, with the appropriate Deed of Consent Form, as long as it is properly drafted. In either case, it is necessary to present a parental identification document with a photo and signature (e.g. passport or identity card) which must match the one on the form.

In the event that it is not possible to obtain consent from the other parent, it is necessary to obtain a Decree from the tutelary judge, in the person of the Consul of Italy in Manchester. For minors residing in Italy, on the other hand, the Juvenile Court has jurisdiction (see section "Decree of the tutelary judge").

If the other parent is deceased, the original death certificate must be produced. If the death occurred in a country other than the United Kingdom or Italy, said certificate must be submitted only with a notarized translation in Italian or multilingual format (see references here).

PLEASE NOTE: If one of the parents is a British citizen only, or otherwise of a non-EU state, please refer to the section "Authentication of signatures for British or non-EU citizens".

 

Consent to passport for parents of minor children

If the passport applicant is a parent of minor children, the issuance of the document is subject to the consent of the other parent, whatever their relationship (cohabiting, married, separated, divorced). This consent can be expressed directly on the passport application form in the appropriate field, or separately, with the appropriate Deed of Consent Form, provided it is properly drafted. In either case, it is necessary to present an identification document of the other parent with a photo and signature (e.g. passport or identity card) which must match the one on the form.

When it is not possible to obtain the consent of the other parent, it is necessary to request a Decree from the tutelary judge, in the person of the Consul of Italy in Manchester. For minors residing in Italy, however, the Juvenile Court has jurisdiction (see section "Decree of the tutelary judge").

If the other parent is deceased, the original death certificate must be produced. If the death occurred in a country other than the United Kingdom or Italy, said certificate must be submitted only with a notarized translation in Italian or in multilingual format (see references here).

PLEASE NOTE: If one of the parents is a British citizen only, or otherwise of a non-EU state, please refer to the section “Authentication of signatures for British or non-EU citizens”.

 

Authentication of signature for British citizens or citizens of other non-EU countries

A parent who is a British-only citizen or a citizen of another non-EU State must go to the Consulate and sign the consent at the counter when submitting the passport application. If unable to appear, the consent must be expressed by means of the form above, to be signed at:

(a) an office of the honorary consular network;

(b) any British notary public, whose statement must then be apostilled by sending it to the "Legalisation Office" of the British Foreign Office (FCDO);

(c) a Public Official in Italy (e.g., in the Municipality);

d) the Consulate of Italy in Manchester, Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (after that time you will not be allowed to enter, even if waiting outside), appearing in person with an ID and the form to apply for a passport on behalf of your child (for children under 12, all documentation must then be sent by mail as described above);

e) an official of any Embassy or Consulate of Italy (if the non-EU citizen parent is not in either Italy or the UK).

 

Decree of the tutelary judge

When it is not possible to obtain the consent of the other parent, the applicant may request the issuance of a Decree of the tutelary judge, which may authorize the issuance of the passport on an exceptional basis. The decree may be requested from the competent authority according to the domicile of the child, that is, at the place of residence of the family or legal guardian, as the place where the child is generally raised and educated. If the minor resides in the district of this Consulate, the tutelary judge is the Consul of Italy in Manchester. The application must be submitted by mail enclosing:

1) the relevant form, completed in its entirety;

2) documents in support of the petition (indicated on the form);

3) a postal order for the amount related to art. 31 + art. 31b (the updated amount is available by clicking here). GBP 0.85 should be added to the postal order amount for collection fees.

Documentation should be sent to:

Consulate of Italy - Social Assistance

58 Spring Gardens - 2nd Floor

M2 1EW Manchester

Applications received by e-mail or other means cannot be accepted. It is important to indicate the need for which the travel document is requested, the reasons for not consenting and the reasons why the refusal is considered unjustified, as well as the last address and telephone contacts of the non-consenting parent so that the Consulate can attempt to contact him/her directly. As proof of the statements received, the Consulate reserves the right to request additional documentation.

 

Double passport

Compatriots regularly registered with AIRE and residing in this consular district may apply for a second Italian passport, keeping the one they already hold, exclusively if one of the following cases occurs:

(a) when for special and proven contingencies of an international-political, war or religious nature the use of two passports for entry or stay in certain states is appropriate;

(b) when due to justified and unavoidable professional needs, the acquisition of a visa or the fulfilment of other procedures for the authorization of entry into certain states involves waiting times incompatible with the timing of travel.

The measure is exceptional in nature, and the validity of the second passport may be limited territorially to certain states and temporally to the period strictly necessary. At the time of travel, one of the two passports (obviously the one that cannot be used), must be deposited in custody at this Consulate. In exceptional cases of proven necessity and urgency, the applicant may be authorized by the issuing office to hold the two passports simultaneously. For its acceptance, it is necessary to send to this office:

1) letter addressed to the Consul of Italy in Manchester with which the applicant, in addition to formally requesting a dual passport, must report in detail on his profession and duties within the company;

2) letter from the company addressed to the Consul, signed by the person who holds positions of apex responsibility in it and confirming: the applicant's role and duties, the need to have a dual passport and the reasons for it;

3) copies of the pages of the passport in use, with the entry stamps of the countries to which the applicant has travelled in the last 3 years.

The above documentation should be sent to:

Consulate of Italy - Passport Office

58 Spring Gardens - 2nd Floor

M2 1EW Manchester

In the event of a successful application, the Consulate will summon the applicant who, in order to obtain the passport, must present all the documentation listed above.


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