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What is Italian carta d identità and Why Do You Need It?

What is Italian carta d identità and Why Do You Need It?

What is  Italian identity card

The identity card of the Italian Republic is one of the recognition documents provided for in Italy by law. It is used by the person to whom it is registered as a personal identification document, and as a document for expatriation (in the states that accept it instead of the passport for citizens of a given state if valid and authorized for this purpose) or requested by who provides the service or sells a commodity to identify the customer.

At the moment two ID card formats are valid in Italy:

  1. The “old” paper identity card ;
  2. The “new” electronic identity card (CIE) that is gradually replacing it.

Regardless of whether you are an EU or a Non-EU citizen, if you are planning on living in Italy full-time, you will need to register at the Town Hall as a resident where you live. This is a vital step in your Italian immigration process and is required to keep you compliant while living here.

How to register

Depending on where you live, you may need to make an appointment to register, or in other cases, you can simply show up with all the required documents. Some Town Halls will also allow EU citizens to register remotely by sending all the necessary documentation by email.


List of required documents

Before actually going to register at the Town Hall, it is a good idea to call ahead and ask them for the list of documents that you will need to bring with you. Even though Italy has national immigration laws, these can be interpreted differently from city to city, and even from office to office! Therefore, it will behoove you to get the list that your Town Hall requires ahead of your visit to register.


The following is the list of documents that the Town Hall generally requires to register a foreigner:


  • Passport for each family member along with photocopies of the ID pages
  • Support Letter on headed notepaper issued by the worker’s company and signed by the local Human Resources manager.
  • Copy of Work Permit and Permit of Stay (This applies only to Non-EU)
  • Copy of registered lease contract
  • Copies of the lasted two pay slips
  • Italian Tax Code for each family member
  • S1 form for EU citizens – this must be obtained before coming to Italy
  • Certified and legalized copies of any other documents required such as marriage or birth certificates
  • If required, translated and legalized letter confirming private medical insurance, issued by the carrier


Again, please note that this list may vary from one Town Hall to another. In the case of EU citizens that are not employees, the Town Hall has the right to ask for proof of economic self-sufficiency.


Why to do need to register at the Town Hall?


Apart from the fact that it is needed for compliancy, registering at the Town Hall is also mandatory to be able to carry out the following:


  • Health Care Registration (ASL) – You cannot register for the Italian Health Care Service until you are registered as a resident in Italy.
  • Car Purchase / Importation – Neither can be completed until you are a resident.
  • Bank Account – You can only get a fully functioning bank account once you have become an Italian resident.
  • Italian ID Card – This can only be applied for once you are registered at the Town Hall.
  • Driving License – You cannot exchange your license or get an Italian one until you are a resident.

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Comments (1)

  1. Please I really need a driving licence here in Italy 🇮🇹,
    But I don’t know what to do, And how to do it…. Someone should please help me out… Is very important

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