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Legal Office


Legal Office

The notary office of this Consulate General is authorized to receive and file acts and wills and to issue copies and extracts of the same.

The notary service is available to all Italian citizens living abroad permanently or temporarily. 

The Notary Office services must be scheduled by appointment, Monday - Friday 9 am to 12 noon. To schedule an appointment please email  or call 215-279-9562.

*** It is highly recommended to send to this Consulate General, either by email ( or by fax (215 592 9808)
the specific Italian text to be used in the General Power of Attorney prior to your coming to this Office. Normally, the text can be obtained from the notary or attorney who is handling the matter in Italy.
This process will greatly reduce your wait time while here.***

For any power of attorney (general or special) you must consult with an Italian notary first. You might retrieve a list of notaries through our "helpful contacts" page.

Effective May 28th, 2011, due to a new Law (Decreto Legislativo 3 febbraio 2011, n. 71, "Ordinamento e funzioni degli Uffici consolari"
- Art. 28 - Funzioni notarili), the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia is no longer providing notary services, for any purpose,
to non Italian citizens (except for marriages in Italy of U.S. Citizens which is a Vital Statistics matter).

As a consequence, non Italian citizens are invited to contact, in this order:

1) a Notary Public in the U.S. for any notary need (e.g. to notarize a Power of Attorney, PoA);

2) the Department of State - Secretary of State to obtain an Apostille for the international legalization of the documents previously notarized;

3) a translator to obtain the translation from English to Italian of the aforementioned documents (there are no “official” translators
recognized by the Consulate General; the Consulate General is not responsible for the services of the professionals listed on the web site);

4) Italian Consulates or Embassies (please refer to “The Consular Network” page on this web site) for the legalization of the translation. At the end of this procedure the notarized document (or certification, if issued by a local government authority) will be recognized by the Italian authorities and can be utilized in Italy. Please note that a Notary Public in the U.S. – if aware of the Italian language – could notarize a document written directly in Italian. In such specific case, the procedure is limited to the aforementioned step 1 and 2 and no consular intervention is required.

Notes on Apostilles

Notes on Self-Certification

Most frequently requested notary services are:

1. Power of Attorney

2. Last Will and Testament

3. Public Act

4. Certificate of Authentication

5. Atti Notarili (Request Form)

6. ATTO NOTORIO for marriages of U.S. citizens celebrated in Italy
    ATTO NOTORIO (Request Form)