Italian identity card and local residency registration

italian identity card and residency registration
Find out how to apply for an Italian idendity card and register your residency address in Italy.

The issuance of the identity card in Italy and the enrolment into the register of the people living in the municipality are strictly related topics as the latter is mandatory in order to obtain the former.

Table of contents

  1. How to enter Italy from abroad
  2. Italian Local residency registration
  3. Benefits of registering the local residency in Italy
  4. The Italian identity card
  5. Local residency cancellation and enrolment into the AIRE register
  6. How can we help you
  7. Book a call
  8. Get a quotation


1. How to enter Italy from abroad

Depending on whether you are EU or non-EU national, preliminary steps to enter Italy may differ:

  • EU citizens only need their passport or their national identity card to enter Italy;
  • Non-EU citizens, on the other hand, will need an Italian Visa to enter the Country. After obtaining the Visa and within 8 days from entering the Country, they shall also register at the Immigration Office of the place where you wish to stay in order to obtain the residence permit.


There are many types of Italian Visas depending on the activity you plan to carry out in Italy: have a look at our full list of Italian Visas available here.

2. Italian local residency registration

Both EU and Extra-EU citizens who are planning to live permanently in Italy and hold a residence permit valid for more than 3 months need to enrol to the “Ufficio Anagrafe” of the Town Hall of the city where they wish to reside.

In case of EU citizens, the residency registration formally constitutes a stay permit and gives them the right to legally stay in Italy.

2.1. Process, timeline and required documents to register the residency in Italy

The enrolment into the municipal register can only be applied for once the applicant has moved to Italy and has found an accommodation.

The application can usually be submitted online through the websites of the Italian municipalities.

For a successful application, it is important that the forms are properly filled out and that the correct documents are attached to the application. The set of documents to be presented for the residency registration vary according to the nationality, work conditions and specific circumstance for the applicants. In all cases, it will be necessary to present proof of an accommodation available for the long term, be it a registered rental contract or a deed of purchase of a house or a long-term accommodation booking.

If you still don’t have a proper accommodation, you might be interesting in getting our support to swiftly secure one by availing of our relocation services.

In case of dependent family members joining the main applicant, it will be necessary to submit the relevant civil status certificate as a proof of the family relations and, if such certificates are issued in foreign countries, they will have to be legalized and translated before they can be accepted by the local municipality.

If you are looking for further information, have a look at how we can support you in legalizing your documents for use in Italy.

Soon after the residency application is submitted, the competent office issues a formal receipt called “Comunicazione di avvio del procedimento anagrafico”: please note that this document does not confirm the conclusion of the process, but that the verification process has just started.

In fact, in 45 days after the process has started, the local police will do a random visit at the applicant home address to check if the person is actually living at the declared address. Should the check be successful, only then is the process considered finalized, and it will be so through a so-called “tacit consent procedure”.

3. Benefits of registering the local residency in Italy

While being a mandatory requirement, foreigners with registered residency in Italy also offers several benefits:

  • Access to more favorable rates when opening a bank account;
  • Apply for a long-term enrolment into the Italian Health System;
  • Possibility to purchase a car and/or to convert a foreign driving license into a local one;
  • Dedicated permits to drive into traffic-restricted areas (ZTL – Limited Traffic Zone)
  • Dedicated offers for utility bills.


These are only some of the few advantages that will allow foreigners to actively participate in the Italian lifestyle.

Accumulating years spent as an Italian resident will contribute to the right to avail further immigration procedures, such as the long-term resident permits or Italian citizenship.

3.1. Mind the deadlines

Each time the residence permit is renewed, non-EU citizens must also go to Ufficio Anagrafe to renew the declaration of habitual residence within 60 days from said renewal. In default of this, the Anagrafe will delete the residency registration.

3.2. Tax implications from being an Italian resident

Residency registration in Italy obviously implies relevant tax fulfillments and benefits. If you are looking for further information, have a look at how we can support you in filing an Italian Tax Declaration and in many other tax services.

4. The Italian Identity card

The Italian Identity card is an identification document that can be used to circulate in the Italian territory and can be applied for with a local residency registration.

The Italian Identity Card cannot be used abroad as an identification document by foreign nationals. It is advisable to always bring a passport with travelling internationally, along with their own national alternative ID.

4.1. Application process for the Italian Identity Card

The Italian Identity card must be applied in person at the Town Hall of the registered residency. Applicants are required to:

  • Submit their biometrics at the time of application;
  • Provide supporting documents, like an Italian tax code, passport or national identification document;
  • [For non-EU citizens] submit the residence permit or the receipt of application for the Italian residence permit.


4.1.1. How long does it take to issue the Italian Identity Card?

The identity card is not automatically issued by the Town Hall on the day of application: it takes approximately 6 days to be released.

4.2. Validity of the Italian Identity Card

The validity of the identity card depends on the age of the applicant:

  • 10 years for people of age,
  • 5 years for minors from 3 to 18 years old,
  • 3 years for minors who are less than 3 years old.


Please note that, as far as non-EU citizens are concerned, if the residence permit is not renewed and/or is not anymore granted, the document might lose its validity even before its standard expiration.

5. Local residency cancellation and enrolment into the AIRE register

In case you move from a city to another one within the Italian territory, the residency registration must be updated accordingly.

In case you permanently move out of Italy, you must de-register from the local municipality registers.

For Italian citizens, the de-registration procedure entails also the enrolment into the AIRE register – register of Italians living abroad.

How We can help you

Studio A&P provides full support to apply for an Italian Visa. We can carry out the entire process online.

Quick and easy steps on how to get an Italian Visa:

  1. Contact us before you arrive in Italy;
  2. We will analyze your specific case;
  3. You will receive ad-hoc advisory on fulfillments, timing and costs of the procedure;
  4. You will receive full support in the preparation and submission of all the relevant documents;
  5. We will inform you on the mandatory fulfillments to be completed upon your arrival to Italy.

Don’t know where to start? Have a look here at our full list of Italian Visas to find the one that best suits you.

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