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Carta d'identità

 

Carta d'identità

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Electronic Identity Card (CIE)

(Office of Reference: D.G.IT. - OFFICE III)

N.B.: The identity card (in electronic or paper format) is issued exclusively by the Consular Offices in the European Union and in Switzerland, Norway, Principality of Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See - Vatican City.

An experimentation has started on the issuance of the Electronic Identity Card (CIE) abroad in the Consular Offices of Vienna, Athens and Nice, at the end of which all the Italian Consular Offices in the European Union countries and those in Switzerland, Norway, Principality of Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See - Vatican City shall be authorized to issue the Electronic Identity Card (CIE).

The Electronic Identity Card (CIE) can be issued exclusively to Italian citizens legally residing in their consular jurisdiction and registered with the Consulate, whose personal data are listed in the database of the A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all'Estero) of the Interior Ministry (and, in the future, in the A.N.P.R. - Anagrafe Nazionale della Popolazione Residente).

For the purposes of issuing the CIE, a validated tax code is also needed. Otherwise, the tax code shall be attributed or validated by the Inland Revenue Agency, through the Consular Office, prior to the issuance of the CIE.

1. Period of validity

The period for which the identity card is valid varies according to the age of its bearer:

  •   3 years for minors up to the age of 3;
  •   5 years for minors aged between 3 and 18;
  •   10 years for all those over the age of 18.

2. How to apply for CIE

The application for an electronic identity card shall be submitted using the Online Booking platform or any other channel made available to the relevant Consular Office, which can be consulted on its website.

From the moment of the application to the date set for the appointment, at least 15 days elapse, which are necessary to enable the Consular Office to check the personal data, resolve any discrepancies and misalignments and verify that there are no causes that may hinder the issuance of the document.

Please note that registration with A.I.R.E. is essential to submit the application for the issuance of the CIE. For the Italian citizens born abroad, the birth certificate shall be already entered into the Civil Status registers of the relevant municipality, since the details of the registration shall be shown on the CIE.

3. Appointment and documents to be submitted:

At the appointment the applicant shall submit the following documents:

  •  1 paper-format passport-size photo;
  •  a valid identification document pursuant to D.P.R. 445/2000. Otherwise, the applicant shall be accompanied by two witnesses;
  •  written statement of consent to issuance of the identity card by the other parent in case the applicant has children under the age of 18 (regardless of the applicant’s civil status: single, married, separated or divorced)
     atto di assenso al rilascio da parte dell’altro genitore
  •  written statament of consent by both parents in case the applicant has children under the age of 18
     atto di assenso di entrambi genitori

 At the time of the appointment, the Consular Officer shall acquire the photo and, except for children under the age of 12, the fingerprints and signature, which shall be safely recorded in the microchip of the CIE and not stored in any other place.

4. Fees

Identity card fees:

  •  € 21.95 for first issuance or renewal;
  •  € 27.11 for duplicates in case of loss or theft.

Payment shall be made on the day of the appointment, in accordance with the procedures laid down by the relevant Consular Office.

5. Delivery of the identity card

The CIE is printed and later delivered by mail to the address of residence (or other address) declared by the applicant, by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, within 15 days from the date of the request made to the Consulate.

In case of non-delivery due to incorrect address, the mail shall be stored at the local post office for the prescribed period of time, at the end of which the parcel shall be returned to the relevant Consular Office for a further attempt at delivery.

 

Paper-format Identity Card (CIC)

(Office of Reference: D.G.IT. - OFFICE III)

 

The Consular Offices operating in the EU Member States and in Switzerland, Norway, Principality of Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See - Vatican City and not yet authorized to issue the Electronic Identity Card - CIE can issue the  paper-format identity card exclusively to Italian citizens legally residing in their consular jurisdiction and registered with the Consulate, whose personal data are listed in the database of the A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all'Estero) of the Interior Ministry.

The issuance of identity cards is always subject to clearance by the Italian municipality of AIRE registration. Therefore identity cards are not issued on the spot.
It is still possible to request an identity card in Italy from the municipality of AIRE registration.

Law decree No. 70/2011 (converted into Law No. 106/2011) eliminated the 15-year-old age limit for issuance of the identity card. Hence, as from May 2011, it may be requested and issued as early as birth.

 1. Period of validity

The period for which the identity card is valid varies according to the age of its bearer:

  • 3 years for minors up to the age of 3;
  • 5 years for minors aged between 3 and 18;
  • 10 years for all those over the age of 18.

2. How to apply and documents needed

Applications can be submitted personally to the local authorized Consular Office or by mail. For all specific information on how to apply (by fax, mail, etc.) we suggest visiting the website of the Consular Office.

A. Documents to be submitted:

  • formulario di richiesta della carta d’identità (identity card application form), completed and signed  by the applicant; 
  • valid identification document pursuant to D.P.R. 445/2000;
  • 4 recent and identical colour passaport-size photos showing the applicant from the waist up, face-front and bare-headed, with eyes clearly visible;
  • receipt for payment of fees;
  • in case the applicant has children under the age of 18, atto di assenso al rilascio da parte dell’altro genitore (written statement of consent to issuance of the identity card by the other parent), regardless of the applicant’s civil status (single, married, separated or divorced);
  • in case the applicant is under the age of 18, atto di assenso di entrambi genitori (written statement of consent by both parents);
  • in case the applicant is under the age of 18 and born abroad, it is necessary to submit the child’s birth certificate – translated and legalised (or with affixed apostille) to the competent Consulate or, where required, a multilingual format certificate for subsequent registration in Italy.

NOTE: the new provisions require that the children under the age of 14 who go abroad unaccompanied by one of their parents or their legal guardian must have a declaration bearing the name of the person, entity or transport company to whom the child is entrusted, issued by the person who can give consent, validated by the Police Office or the Consular Authority.

In case of children under the age of 14 who travel abroad with one or both parents, the latter are  recommended to carry documents proving their legal authority over the child (e.g. birth certificate indicating paternity and maternity; appointment as legal guardian; certificate of enrolment in a consular registry showing the composition of the family, etc.).

As from January 24, 2012, the date of entry into force of  Law No. 1 of  January 2012, 2012, the  identity cards valid for expatriation issued to children under the age of 14 can, upon request, also carry the parent(s)’ or legal guardian’s name. In this case, it is not necessary to carry documents proving their legal authority over the child.

 

3. Fees

CIC fees:

  • € 5.61 for first issuance or renewal;
  • € 10.77 for duplicates in case of loss or theft.

 4. Collection of identity cards

Identity cards shall always be collected personally since the authorized official shall identify the applicant, who shall sign both the identity card and the documents to be filed with the competent Police Office and with the Consular Office.

5. Rediscovery of the identity card

In case of rediscovery of an Italian identity card lost or stolen abroad, it shall be returned to the Consular Office of the jurisdiction in which the loss or theft occurred.
 
Therefore, those who have recently experienced loss/theft abroad and wish to be informed whether the identity card has been returned, should contact the competent Consular Office for further information.
 
The above-mentioned document can be collected from the Consular Office where it has been returned in one of the following ways:

  • directly at the Consulate service desk;
  • through the postal service, at the request and expense of the person concerned.

With regard to lost or stolen identity cards issued by the Consular Offices, the latter shall communicate their rediscovery to their owners, and inform them of the fact that they will be destroyed in case no request for restitution is made within one year of their rediscovery.

 


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