Codice Fiscale: The Italian Tax Identification Code

The Codice Fiscale is needed for many administrative matters. Find out what it is and how and where to apply for this Italian tax code...

The Codice Fiscale is a tax identification number used in all interaction with government agencies and public administration in Italy. It is a unique identity code devised from an individual's name, date and place of birth. It is similar to the National Insurance number (NI) in the UK or the Social Security Number (SSN) in the US.

The Codice Fiscale is issued by the Agenzia delle Entrate (the Italian Revenue Agency) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy. It is a plastic credit card-sized card with a unique 16 alphanumeric digit code.

Applying for a Codice Fiscale

An application must be made at the local office of the Agenzie delle Entrate. EU citizens planning on moving to Italy can apply for the Codice Fiscale at the Italian consular authorities in the Country of residence.

Documents required:

Citizens of EU citizens can apply for the tax identification number at any Italian Revenue Agency by presenting a valid identiification document (identity card, passport or stay permit (Permesso di Soggiorno)

On making an application, a number will be issued and the card will be sent by post at a later time.

Newborn babies must be issued with a Codice Fiscale within 60 days of birth. A parent must submit the application and supply the birth certificate.

Citizens from non-EU Countries must submit at least one of the following documents:

  • a valid passport with visa (if required), or any other document accepted by the Italian authorities
  • a certificate of identity issued by the Italian diplomatic or consular authorities of the Country of nationality (with photo)
  • a valid residence permit (permesso di soggiorno)
  • an ID card issued by the municipality of residence in Italy.

Applying from outside Italy

A Codice Fiscale can also be issued by an Italian Embassy in an applicant's home country.

Italian Embassies in the following countries:

What the numbers mean

The first fifteen characters define the individual, the sixteenth, an alphabetical character, has control function.

In the following order:

  • Three alphabetical characters for the last name
  • Three alphabetical characters for the name
  • Two numerical characters for the birth year
  • An alphabetical character for the birth month
  • Two numerical characters for the day of birth and the gender
  • Four characters (of which one is alphabetical and three numerical) for the Italian or the foreign state of birth
  • One control letter

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