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Declaration of birth

When a child is born in the City of Florence, the declaration of birth may be carried out by one of the parents, by a special attorney or by the doctor or midwife or other person who attended the birth.

The declaration of birth has to be carried out:

  • within three days, at the health department of the hospital or nursing home where the child has been born
  • within ten days after the birth at the municipality where the child has been born
  • parents also have the possibility to declare the birth, within ten days, at their own place of residence. If the parents do not live within the same municipality, the declaration of birth will be carried out at the municipality of residence of the mother (unless otherwise agreed).

The following documents have to be submitted:

  • Birth certificate issued by the doctor or midwife who attended the birth.
  • A valid identification of the registrant. Foreign citizens must present a valid passport or equivalent document.

If both parents are foreigners and names and/or surnames are assigned in a manner different to Italian regulations, this has to be declared based on the nationality of the newborn.
Foreigners who do not speak Italian must be accompanied by an interpreter.



For couples who wish to apply for an adoption through the city’s adoption expertise center, the following requirements are considered:

  • The couple must be married for at least three years at the moment of application, or be able to prove a continuous and stable coexistence of at least three years prior to their marriage (being married is mandatory)
  • the potential adoptive parents must be between the ages of 18 and 45 years

Interested couples may contact the Adoption expertise centres before presenting their declaration of availability to the Juvenile Court. To utilize this service you are required to present the following documentation:

  • a birth certificate, if you want to give your child up for adoption
  • a demonstration of your residency in Florence



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