My police certificate arrived by post on Friday, exactly 18 days after I made the on-line application to the ACRO criminal records office in the first step towards becoming an Italian citizen (see Becoming an Italian citizen / 1).
Much to my relief the certificate did carry an official signature of sorts, so I was able to proceed with the next step of having this document and my birth certificate legalised.
This involved sending the two certificates together with a completed legalisation application form (downloadable from the gov.uk website), a blank A4-sized envelope and confirmation of payment (£30 per document plus £14.50 to have the documents returned by courier) to the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes.
The documents went into the post this morning and the application should take 48 hours to process, so with any luck I should have them safely back by early next week.
In the meantime I now need to investigate appropriate certified translation services in readiness for the third step towards becoming an Italian citizen.
For Becoming an Italian citizen / 1 click here
For Becoming an Italian citizen / 3 click here