Under Italian law, registering in the A.I.R.E. [which stands for “Anagrafe Italiani Residenti Estero”, i.e. a register of Italian citizens residing abroad] is a duty for Italian nationals.
More specifically, Italian law no. 470 of 27 October 1988 states that all Italian citizens who transfer their residency outside the territory of Italy for a period of more than 12 months must complete the necessary formalities to register in the A.I.R.E. before the Italian consular office having jurisdiction over the foreign place within 90 days of arrival in the foreign country.
The registration by the interested party (for himself/herself as well as on behalf of his/her family members) is a pre-requirement to access all the services issued by the competent consular offices, including the issuance or renewal of an Italian passport as well as voting material. That is why this is a very important thing to do!
We strongly recommend to use the portal FAST IT for all services concerning AIRE such as registration/update/access to your consular file needed to renew your Italian passport etc. This is a free service available to anyone. To help you with the AIRE registration process, the Consulate has also created a tutorial which explains it step-by-step.
For those of you who prefer to use mail in forms rather than do things online through FAST IT, below are two basic forms, i.e. to register for the first time in the A.I.R.E. and to update your information respectively:
If you chose to register in the A.I.R.E. by traceable mail (FedEx/UPS/USPS Priority with tracking etc.), the exact address where to send your registration is:
Consulate General of Italy
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite # 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90067