Italian electronic identity card

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Italian electronic identity card
(Carta di Identità Elettronica)
Italian electronic ID card (front-back).png
CIE 3.0
Date first issued4 July 2016
Issued by Italy
Valid in Italy and for travel to:
 EU and rest of Europe (except Belarus, Russia and Ukraine)
France French overseas territories
 Montserrat (max 14 days)
 Tunisia (organized tours)
Type of documentIdentity document
PurposeIdentification and travel
Eligibility requirementsItalian citizenship
Aliens regularly residing in Italy
Expiration10 years (for adults aged 18 and above)
5 years (for minors aged 3–18)
3 years (for children aged up to 3)
Cost€22.21 (€16.79 for the card + €5.42 for fees charged by municipality/consulate, which may vary if the previous card was lost, stolen or deteriorated)

The Carta di Identità Elettronica (Electronic Identity Card, CIE) is an Italian personal identification document issued to Italian citizens and resident aliens, that has been progressively replacing the paper-based identity card since the latest version (3.0) has been released on 4 July 2016.

The CIE is intended for both online and offline identification.

The information is both printed on an ID-1 card and stored in a contactless chip.[1]

After about 15 years of trials, finally as per decree of 25 May 2016 every classic identity card with expired validity must be replaced by the electronic version.[2]

On 18 July 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is allowing Italians who reside abroad to request an electronic identity card. Tests are going to be done at some European consulates beginning 20 September 2019 then rolled out to the rest of the European Union and to all those countries where Italians have the right to reside without needing a passport.[3][4]


Italian citizens are entitled to request an identity card and it is a valid document to leave the country when travelling to another EU country or to those countries with which Italy has signed specific agreements.[5][6]

It is not compulsory to carry the card itself, as the authorities may ask for only the identity of a person, not a specific document. However, if public-security officers are not convinced of the claimed identity, like from a verbally-provided identity claim, they may keep the claimant in custody until the identity is ascertained.[7][8]

All foreigners in Italy are required by law to have identification with them at all times. Citizens of EU member countries must be ready to display an identity document that is legally government-issued in their country. Non-EU residents must have their passport with customs entrance stamp or a residence permit issued by Italian authorities; while all the resident/immigrant aliens must have a residence permit (otherwise they are illegal and face deportation), foreigners from certain non-EU countries staying in Italy for a limited amount of time (typically for tourism) may be required only to have their passport with proper customs stamp.[9]

The ID card is only for Italian citizens, nonetheless, permanent resident aliens with a valid Permesso di soggiorno may ask to be issued a CIE, but in this case the document is valid only and exclusively in Italy for identification purposes and the sentence "NON VALIDA PER L'ESPATRIO" (not valid abroad) is printed on the front side of the card.[10]

Issuing system[edit]

The CIE can be requested at the Italian municipality of residence[11] by Italian citizens and resident aliens. The request is digitally processed and transmitted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs which issues the card in collaboration with the IPZS in Rome. Finally, the card is sent to an address chosen by the applicant or else to the municipality of residence within 6 business days.[12]

Starting from 20 September 2019 the request can be submitted even at the Italian embassies/consulates just by Italian citizens residing abroad. After a short test time at the consular offices in Vienna, Athens and Nice, the service is extended to all the European Union and to those countries where Italians have the right of free movement (Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland).[3]


The biometric symbol on the front of the CIE 3.0

Like European biometric passports, the CIE has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip that stores the following items:[13]

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Place and date of birth
  • Residency
  • Holder's picture
  • Two fingerprints (one of each hand), only if the applicant is aged 12 or over[14]

The information can be read with NFC tools, but anyway fingerprints are accessible just by police forces.[13]


The card has an ID-1 standard size and it is made of polycarbonate with many security features (such as holograms, security backgrounds, micro-texts, guilloches, etc...), over which the information is printed by using the laser engraving technology.[1]


Front of the CIE 3.0
  1. Card number (for example CA00000AA)
  2. Municipality of residence (or, if living abroad, embassy/consulate of residence)
  3. Surname
  4. Name
  5. Place and date of birth
  6. Sex
  7. Height
  8. Nationality
  9. Date of issue
  10. Date of expiry
  11. Holder's signature
  12. Card Access Number – CAN
  13. This field is located under the CAN and it doesn't exist if the document is valid to travel abroad. On the contrary, the sentence "NON VALIDA PER L'ESPATRIO" is printed if it's not valid to travel abroad.


Back of the CIE 3.0
  1. Surname and name of parents or legal guardian (this field is filled in only for applicants aged 0–18)
  2. Italian fiscal code
  3. Italian birth code (this field is filled in only if the applicant was born in Italy)
  4. Residence address
  5. This field is located under the residence and it usually doesn't exist. However, in case of an Italian applicant living abroad, the sentence "COMUNE DI ISCRIZIONE AIRE" is printed and followed by the name of the municipality where the applicant was resident before moving abroad
  6. Italian fiscal code in the form of barcode
  7. Machine Readable Zone – MRZ


According to the Law 106/2011 the card lasts:[11]

  • 10 years for adults aged 18 and above
  • 5 years for minors aged 3–18
  • 3 years for children aged up to 3

and, according to the Law 35/2012, the validity is extended or shortened in order to expire on the birthday.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Caratteristiche del documento". Carta di identità elettronica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  2. ^ Gazzetta Ufficiale. "DECRETO 25 maggio 2016". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Carta d'identità elettronica per gli italiani all'estero". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  4. ^ ""Carta d'identità elettronica": firmato il Decreto contenente le modalità di emissione per i cittadini italiani residenti all'Estero". Enti Locali Online (in Italian). 5 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ "I servizi demografici". Dipartimento per gli affari interni e territoriali (in Italian). 25 November 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  6. ^ "I documenti per viaggiare". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Download di: Regio Decreto 18 giugno 1931, n. 773 T.U.L.P.S. (testo unico delle leggi di pubblica sicurezza)". Il portale delle Prefetture-UTG (in Italian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Che si rischia a camminare senza documenti d'identità?". La Legge per Tutti (in Italian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Identificazione di persone - Sicurezza Pubblica". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Gazzetta Ufficiale". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  11. ^ a b "La richiesta al Comune". Carta di identità elettronica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Modalità di spedizione del documento". Carta di identità elettronica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Il microprocessore". Carta di identità elettronica (in Italian). Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Modalità di acquisizione impronte". Carta di identità elettronica (in Italian). Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Circolare n. 7/2012 – Scadenza dei documenti di identità e di riconoscimento". Ministro per la Pubblica Amministrazione (in Italian). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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