Welcome to the official site of
the honorary consulate of Italy in San Diego.

Thank you for visiting!
  • Please do not come to the office without an appointment as we will not be able to assist you.
  • Please do not schedule more than one appointment for the same service.
  • We do not offer expedited appointments/services. Please schedule accordingly.
  • In case of emergency and urgency to travel, please contact the Los Angeles consulate for an emergency travel document (ETD).
  • If you need to cancel, please do so in a timely manner so we are not expecting you.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND COURTESY!

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SERVICES

Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (AIRE) and FAST IT

This honorary consulate does not offer services regarding the database. For further information and to update your data (such as change of address using the FAST IT platform), please follow the link:

Citizenship

All matters regarding obtaining Italian citizenship are handled by the LA consulate. Please reach out to the citizenship department in Los Angeles.

Student Visas

Student-visa applications are processed through the Los Angeles consulate. If you have been unsuccessful in getting an appointment with the Los Angeles consulate after at least three attempts, you may book an appointment with our local office. The only function the local office can provide is to verify your identity. For your local appointment, you will only need to bring your National D visa application and your valid passport. We will verify your identity, stamp your application, and then you can mail your required documentation directly to the LA consulate.

Visas

All visa matters are handled by the Los Angeles consulate and we cannot advise on visa-related queries. Please reach out to the visa department in Los Angeles.

Identity Cards and Licenses

All ID card and driver's license matters are handled by the Los Angeles consulate. Please reach out directly to the LA consulate.

Notary and Legal Services

This honorary consulate does not offer notary nor power of attorney services in general. We may be able to assist you with a power of attorney, but you must first contact the Los Angeles consulate with your request at the following e-mail: notarile.losangeles@esteri.it.
As another option, you may contact our local notary of record who may be able to assist you: Faby Pasariello - 1.786.218.3374.

Fiscal Code

To obtain a fiscal code, please refer to the following link through the Los Angeles consulate.

Apostille

This honorary consulate does not offer apostille services. For assistance, please contact the Los Angeles consulate. As another option, you may contact our local notary of record who may be able to assist you: Faby Pasariello - 1.786.218.3374.

PASSPORT INFORMATION

please read carefully before booking an appointment

PASSPORT RENEWALS / NEW PASSPORTS (ADULTS)

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN AN ITALIAN PASSPORT (ADULTS):
  • You must be an Italian citizen.
  • You must be enrolled in our Los Angeles database (AIRE), the registry of Italians living abroad.
  • You must reside in our consular jurisdiction of Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, or New Mexico.
GENERAL INFORMATION
  • You do NOT need to go to the Los Angeles consulate if you make an appointment in San Diego.
  • Please do NOT make an appointment for renewal if you still have more than six months before expiration as we cannot process your request. You must wait until your passport is within the six-month time frame of expiration.
  • Locally, we can capture your biometric data, which are then sent digitally to the Los Angeles consulate.
  • You can then send your application, payment, and other required documents directly to the Los Angeles consulate by postal service.
  • Generally, it takes about 3-7 days to receive your passport once the LA consulate receives your documentation.
LOST OR STOLEN PASSPORTS
  • You must obtain a police report and send it to the Los Angeles consulate along with the other required documentation for passport processing.
EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
  • Please contact the Italian consulate in Los Angeles directly to obtain an emergency travel document (ETD) – ACCESS WEB PAGE →

PASSPORT RENEWALS / NEW PASSPORTS (MINORS)

For minors’ passports, both parents will need to sign a consent form. The consent cannot be older than six (6) months. Please also provide a photocopy of the minor(s) birth certificate(s).
  • For minors under 12, fingerprints are not required. Simply mail your documents to the Los Angeles consulate. Minors 12 years and older require fingerprints.
  • Parent(s) citizen(s) of Italy or the European Union: The consent form signed by parents must include a photocopy of the Italian or EU passport (page with passport holder’s information AND signature).
  • Parent(s) NOT citizen(s) of Italy or the European Union: The signature on the consent form must be authenticated either by a notary public OR by an honorary consul.
  • If other parent is deceased: Please provide a photocopy of the death certificate of the deceased parent.
PASSPORT FEES AND MAILING INFORMATION
  • PASSPORT FEE – cashier’s check or money order ONLY
    payable to ‘Consulate General of Italy’
    VIEW FEE SCHEDULE →
    Note: Correct fee is in bold under ‘Passaporti’ and in USD
    (Rilascio Art. 27 A + B)
  • MAILINGUSPS Priority Mail ONLY (no FedEx, no UPS)
    Send using two priority-mail envelopes from the post office: one pre-paid envelope with your return address (put YOUR address in both the FROM and TO label areas) folded and placed inside an outer envelope addressed to the consulate general.
  • Send everything to the following address:
    Consulate General of Italy
    12424 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400
    Los Angeles, CA, 90025

What you need to bring to your San Diego appointment:

  • Pictures: Two (2) printed, passport-size photos
  • Previous Italian passport: (if applicable)
  • AIRE: Confirmation of AIRE registration; your current address must match what is in the database. 
  • FAST IT platform to obtain AIRE confirmation: 
    ACCESS WEB PAGE →

Getting AIRE confirmation once you are on the FAST IT portal:

  1. Select “Consular register and AIRE” at top of page;
  2. Select “View your registry personal file” box;
  3. Select “View sheet” and print form or have ready on your mobile device.
  4. If you are having any difficulty with the platform, please send an e-mail to anagrafe.losangeles@esteri.it

NOTE: WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR REQUEST WITHOUT AIRE CONFIRMATION EITHER PRINTED OR SHOWN ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

What you need to mail to Los Angeles after your San Diego appointment:

APPLICANTS THAT ARE DUAL CITIZENS
(Italian and American): 

  • PASSPORT APPLICATION – (DOWNLOAD)
  • MAILING CONSENT FORM – (DOWNLOAD)
  • Two (2) passport-size photos (the same two photos you bring to your San Diego appointment, not two additional photos)
  • Signature card (provided by San Diego office)
  • Previous Italian passport (if applicable)
  • COPY of US passport (page with passport holder’s information AND signature)
  • COPY of US Naturalization Certificate (required only for Italian citizens who were naturalized as United States citizens after birth)
  • COPY of Consular Report of Birth Abroad (required only for United States Citizens born outside of the US)
  • Passport Fee (see fees and mailing section)
APPLICANTS THAT ARE ONLY ITALIAN CITIZENS:
  • PASSPORT APPLICATION – (DOWNLOAD)
  • MAILING CONSENT FORM – (DOWNLOAD)
  • Two (2) passport-size photos (the same two photos you bring to your San Diego appointment, not two additional photos)
  • Signature card (provided by San Diego office)
  • Previous Italian passport (if applicable)
  • COPY of Visa or Green Card issued after August 16th, 1992. (If these documents cannot be provided, the applicant will have to provide a US Immigration declaration confirming the applicant never became an American citizen or show the US entry stamp on the passport. Without the above, no passport will be issued)
  • Passport Fee (see fees and mailing section)

STUDENT-VISA INFORMATION

please read carefully before booking an appointment

General Information:
Student-visa applications are processed through the Los Angeles consulate.
You may make an
appointment with our local office (for identity-verification only). You must be a resident in or attend school in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles consulate (Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico).

Prior to scheduling with this local office:

  1. Check with your advisor whether a visa batch process is available.
  2. Try to obtain an appointment through the Los Angeles consulate.

If no batch process is available through your institution, and If you have been unsuccessful in getting an appointment with the LA consulate after at least three attempts, you may schedule an appointment with our local office.

The only function the local office can provide is to verify your identity. For your local appointment, you will only need to bring your National D visa application and your valid passport. We will verify your identity, stamp your application, and then you can mail your required documentation directly to the Los Angeles consulate.

Turnaround time to receive the visa  is generally two weeks once the Los Angeles consulate receives your materials.

This local office cannot answer any questions regarding the visa process. You will need to reach out directly to the Los Angeles consulate for further assistance in that regard.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE APPOINTMENT IN SAN DIEGO:

  • Visa Application (National D)
  • Valid Passport

MAILING THE PACKET TO THE LOS ANGELES ITALIAN CONSULATE:

Consulate General of Italy
12424 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

 

IF NO APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE CALENDAR FOR CANCELLATIONS OR NEW DATES. WE CANNOT ASSIST YOU WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS.

ABOUT US

The Honorary Consulate of Italy in San Diego

The honorary consulate of Italy in San Diego is part of the Italian consular network and operates under the direction and guidance of the consulate general of Italy in Los Angeles. Other honorary consulates within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles consulate general include offices in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. 

Honorary consuls maintain their positions on a volunteer basis. Local services are limited by decree, and the primary resource for assistance remains the consulate general of Italy in Los Angeles.

We are located at Amici House, the community and event center in Little Italy.

Appointments are held on Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm (by appointment only).

Tom Cesarini, PhD

Tom Cesarini was appointed the Italian honorary consul in San Diego in 2019 and proudly serves the community in this important role, helping co-nationals with a variety of needs.

As an advocate for the local Italian community, Tom Cesarini has helped to promote Italian arts, culture, and heritage for numerous local Italian cultural organizations. Noting an absence of a singular point of reference for San Diego’s myriad Italian groups, Tom founded Convivio in 2003 with the goal of establishing a multifaceted Italian cultural center and museum in San Diego. Tom’s vision for a collaborative cultural venue includes a reference library, media lab, historical archives, performance and event space, cafe and market, and an exhibition area. Currently, through Convivio, Tom directs the Amici House in Little Italy, which serves as the event, heritage, and visitor center for the community.

Tom also has extensive experience in the social sector as a consultant with a focus on narrative building, writing and editing, group relations, nonprofit-organization infrastructure, resource development, program design, and capacity building. He also established Chiaroscuro Consulting, providing a host of services to social-sector organizations in a consulting role.

Tom holds a PhD in leadership studies and an MA in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. Tom’s doctoral dissertation is titled, The Multiple Meanings of San Diego’s Little Italy: A Study of the Impact of Real and Symbolic Space and Boundaries on the Ethnic Identities of Eight Italian Americans. For this work, Tom was a nominee for the university’s William P. Foster Outstanding Dissertation Award. In this research study, Tom examined identity perceptions of San Diego Italian Americans with a connection to Little Italy by analyzing narrative constructions of the participants’ life stories.

Tom’s academic interests include leadership theory and practice; group relations; adult development; organizational culture; communications studies; arts and humanities; cultural and ethnic studies; film and society; ethical, philosophical, and psychological components of leadership; Emergent Leadership Theory; Integral Theory; and nonprofit-sector trends.

Tom’s family members hail from Aspra, Sicily, and he remains grateful for their stories, lessons, and experiences as immigrants. Tom credits his parents’ and grandparents’ emphasis on preserving their cultural heritage for his passion and his commitment to San Diego’s Italian American community.

CONTACT

Please contact us at the following locations.

Honorary Consulate of Italy in San Diego

Amici House, Little Italy
250 W. Date St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ph: 619.800.7974 (urgent issues only or if you don't have e-mail)
E-mail: sandiego.onorario@esteri.it

Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

12424 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Ph: 310.820.0622
Emergency: 310.433.5422
E-mail: consolato.losangeles@esteri.it