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Codice fiscale (Italian social insurance number)

The codice fiscale is a personal identification number (similar to the Canadian Social Insurance Number) assigned by the Agenzia delle Entrate (Italian Revenue Agency), and serves to identify every Italian citizen (or eligible foreign citizen) in their interactions with Italian government offices and agencies, no matter where they reside. The codice fiscale is necessary for all fiscal (taxation) or legal transactions, and is valid for the holder’s lifetime.

The codice fiscale consists of 16 characters based on the person’s surname, name, date of birth, sex and place of birth.

Should you wish to obtain a codice fiscale, and reside within this Consular jurisdiction, it may be requested upon presentation of the following documents either in person or by emailing them to :

  • the application form, duly completed
  • your valid photo ID (preferably your passport)
  • your birth certificate, to confirm your personal information*
  • your marriage certificate (if your photo ID is in your married name only)**

* Italians citizens who are registered with AIRE need not send their birth or marriage certificate
** Please note that Italian legislation requires that the codice fiscale be issued with the information provided on the applicant’s birth certificate.

If you are requesting a codice fiscale on behalf of another person, that person must provide written authorization for you to do so.

If you are requesting a codice fiscale for a minor, valid photo ID for one of the parents is also required.

If you are requesting a codice fiscale for a person who is deceased, both the death certificate of the deceased and your valid photo ID are required.

If you have lost your codice fiscale, you may request a replacement copy from this Consulate by submitting the documents listed above, as applicable.