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Governo Italiano

Identity Card


Identity Card

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

Properly equipped consular offices (currently only the Italian consulates in the European Union countries and Switzerland, Norway, Principality of Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See/Vatican City) can issue paper format identity cards exclusively to Italian citizens legally residing in their consular jurisdiction and registered with the consulate, and whose personal data are listed in the database of the A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all'Estero) of the Ministry of the Interior.
Electronic identity cards may not be issued outside of Italy.
Issuance of the identity card is subject to clearance by the Italian municipality of AIRE registration. Identity cards are, therefore, not issued on the spot.
It remains possible to request an identity card in Italy from the municipality of AIRE registration.
Law decree no. 70/2011 (converted to Law no. 106/2011) eliminated the 15-year-old age limit for issuance of an identity card; as from May 2011 they may be issued at birth.

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 between the ages of 3 and 18;
  • 10 years for all those over the age of 18.

NOTE: Legislative decree no. 112 of 25 June 2008 (converted into Law no. 133/2008) extended the 10-year validity of a card valid on 26 June 2008 by an additional 5 years.

PLEASE NOTE: In light of repeated problems resulting from some countries’ refusal to recognise identity cards with the above-mentioned validity extension for expatriation purposes (paper cards renewed with an extension stamp, or electronic cards renewed by certificate), the Ministry of the Interior issued Circular no. 23 of 28 July 2010, by which it informs that those in possession of identity cards renewed by extension may request new ones, whose 10-year validity begins with the issuance of the new document. 

Applications can be submitted to the local authorised 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:

  • identity card application form, completed and signed by the applicant; 
  • valid identification document, in pursuance of DPR 445/2000;
  • 4 recent and identical colour passport-size photos showing the applicant at mid-bust, face-front and bare-headed with eyes clearly visible;
  • receipt for payment of fees;
  • if the applicant has children under the age of 18, written statement of consent to issuance of the identity card of the other parent, regardless of applicant’s civil status (single, married, separated or divorced);
  • if the applicant is under the age of 18, written statement of consent of both parents;
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18 and foreign-born, it is necessary to submit the child’s birth certificate – translated and legalised (or with affixed apostille) to the authorised consulate or, where required, a multilingual format certificate.

NOTE: For minors of up to 14 who travel abroad with one or both parents, these latter are advised to carry documentation proving their legal authority over the child (e.g. birth certificate indicating paternity and maternity, appointment of a guardian, certificate of enrolment in a consular registry showing the composition of the nuclear family, etc.).
As from 24 January 2012, the date that Law no. 1 of 24 January 2012, went into effect, identity cards valid for expatriation issued to minors under the age of 14 can, on request, also carry the parent(s)’ or legal guardian’s name, in which case it is not necessary to carry documentation proving their legal authority over the child.

Identity Card fees:

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

Identity cards must be collected in person since the authorised official will need to identify the applicant, who will then have to sign the card in the presence of the official along with documentation to be filed with the Police and consular office.

In the case of the rediscovery of an Italian identity card lost or stolen abroad, it must be returned to the consulate of the jurisdiction in which the loss or theft occurred.
Therefore, persons who have recently experienced loss/theft abroad and wish to be informed whether it has been returned, should contact the authorised consulate for further information.
The above-mentioned document can be collected from the consulate it has been returned to 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 identity cards issued by the consulate network that are lost or stolen, it will be the responsibility of the consular offices to communicate their rediscovery to their owners, along with the fact that they will be destroyed in the case that no request for restitution is made within one year of their return to the consulate.

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