Are you moving to Italy? You need an Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

Are you moving to Italy? You need an Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

If you are planning on moving to Italy or staying here for some time, maybe for working reasons or because you decided to retire in the bel paese, one of the first things you will have to do is request an Italian tax code (codice fiscale). 

As a matter of fact, the Italian tax code (codice fiscale) is the document of identification of individuals (newborns, foreigners, residents abroad) and entities other than individuals in all their relationships with the Italian public authorities and administrations.

This document is required in order to obtain the Italian Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria), the “residence permit” (permesso di soggiorno), and also to undersign any kind of contract (loan, sale and purchase, bank account, rent, employment, household utilities, etc.,) or to start a business activity, to deduct medical expenses, to buy a mobile phone, or for billing purposes in general, and much more.

Therefore, if you are a foreigner or an Italian citizen residing abroad, who will be moving to Italy soon, you will need a codice fiscale to do all the above and, in general, for your everyday Italian life.  

Where can you request a codice fiscale?

The easiest way for a foreigner or an Italian citizen residing abroad to obtain a tax code, before coming to Italy, is to ask the Italian diplomatic or consular representation in the country of residence, for it. To request a tax code at a consular office you will need to complete a special form and show an identification document. For further information, we suggest visiting the website of the competent consular office.

Otherwise, foreigners who are in Italy and have a valid visa can ask the local office of the Inland Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate) directly for the tax code.

The tax code and the certificate of granting of the tax code are also issued in favor of foreigners applying for entry into the territory, for employment and family reunification, by the “Sportelli Unici per l’Immigrazione” (One-stop-shops for immigration).

In addition, police headquarters (“Questure“) can issue the tax code to foreign citizens who do not have one as it is required for the issuance/renewal of a residence permit.

For further information on the codice fiscale, please read our guide The Italian tax code

  1. My brother who has been working in Italy for 7 years is now wanting to leave Italy and he has to submit his details online and they have requested a leaving tax code to complete his application. Where does he obtain this from? He has asked his employers and they say they cannot help him. Please advise.

  2. my father died 13 years ago HE is from senegal . And WE DON T KNOW ANYTHING IF HE LEFT A account in Italian . Same us; all his sons have each a code fiscale’s card.

  3. I am an italian citizen by blood. So I have an Italian passport but have never lived (or intend to for the time being) in Italy.

    I live in Netherlands (so in the EU) and just found out that I can ask for an Italian electronic ID in the consulate, which is very handy as a document vs having to carry my passport.

    However it seems that for the CAE (Carta d’Identita electronica) application I need a codice fiscale.

    My question is: Would I be subject to any bureaucracy or tax paper work obligation in italy if I get a codice fiscale? Or this is just a bit of bureaucracy and given that I do not live, do not have assets nor income in Italy, the codice fiscale is useless and I can carry on with my life and nothing changes?


    • Dear Rafael,
      We apologize for the late reply.

      A codice fiscale is needed for all the reasons mentioned in the post.

      Unless you have assests or produce income in Italy, you will should not be subject to taxes.


  4. Hi,

    I am going to rent an apartment in Italy to join friends/tourism for 6 months.
    For this, I need a CF. However I wanted to make sure there is no taxes to pay, even for 6 months or more ?

    Could find the answer anywhere,

    Thank you in advance for your help !

    • Hi,
      If you do not produce income in Italy you should not pay taxes here.

  5. Hi, I am looking to move to Padova as a student in September and am currently looking for apartments to live in. I have been told by a potential landlord that I need the fiscal code to sign the necessary tenancy contract. Do I need to get a student visa to get the code or can I receive the code before the visa? Because to get the visa I need proof of residence, but then how can I show that if I need the fiscal code?

    I hope this makes sense.


    • You need the codice fiscale to sign (and then register) the rental agreement. You can get the codice fiscale without the Visa.

  6. I am a UK citizen wanting to return to Italy to live and work (I previously worked and lived there in 2008) I realise as a result of Brexit I now need a visa, but I already have a code fiscale, can I use this to live and work there, or do I still need to find a way to get a visa

  7. Hi I came to Italy past 90 days I got married within 90 days and submitted documents for permesso d sogiorno aswell. However I don’t have a codice fiscale because I was misinformed that I needed the permesso. Now that I went to agencia sellé éntrate with recevuta im told that my 90 days have past and I need permesso d sogiorno which I have appointment only in February next year. So my question is … how can u now get a códice fiscale?

  8. Ciao! Thank you for all the information.
    I have a question. We moved to Italy in September 2023. My husband and daughter are EU citizen, I am non-EU citizen. We all lived in Turkey. Now in Italy they got their ID card very easily. I went to Questura with all my documents, they took only my passport copy and told me to wait. I can apply when they call me. But I have to start working in April. I asked it to the police in charge there and she said “Do you have codice fiscale? Ok, then you can work!”
    I have Codice Fiscale but I am not sure if I am allowed to work with this only. Shouldn’t I need work permit??
    Thank you.

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