I’ve had dual citizenship, American and Italian, for almost two years now. I officially became an Italian citizen September 1st, 2006 through marriage. After almost two years being too lazy to go down to the police station to apply for my Italian passport, I’ve finally done it. Picked up my Italian passport this morning. I went down to the police station two weeks ago today, was told my passport would be ready in two weeks. Sure enough, it was ready and waiting for me this morning.
Why did I wait almost two years to get my Italian passport? Up until now I haven’t needed it so I figure why bother. Also, the Italian passport is more expensive compared to the American counterpart. I had to pay 44 euros and 66 cents for the passport, then an annual tax for every year I use it of 40 euros and 26 cents. So if I use it once a year for ten years, that’s 402.60 euros in “taxes” plus the 44.66 I paid for the passport.
When I went down to the police station this morning to pick up my passport, the lady working normally works in the Foreigner office, she remembered me from the days when I had the Italian permit-to-stay so of course we had to chit chat for a couple of minutes. Jokingly she was like “Oh yes, that’s right, you need the electronic passport to go to the United States.”, knowing full well that I am American. I responded back “Yes, that’s right, I forget that my American passport is sooo old.”