Aggiornato al: 27/01/2017
Since the “Stability law” (Law no. 183/2011) came into force on 1 January 2012, public offices can no longer issue certificates to show to other public authorities and private operators of public services (under article 40 of Presidential Decree no. 445/2000). So the municipal Registry office can now issue certificates for private use only. Public authorities and private operators of public services must accept self-certifications by individual citizens instead of Registry office certificates.
(Under article 46 of Presidential Decree no. 445/00)
Can be used by:
Self-declarations must be signed by the citizen concerned. The signature does not need to be authenticated, nor is the declarant’s identity document required.
Self-certifications can be submitted to the public authorities by someone else, or they can be sent by fax or email. Emailed self-certifications are valid only if accompanied by a digital signature.
Self-declarations in place of certificates:
Public authorities and operators of public services must never ask you for certificates in place of self-certification. The only exceptions are that: the law courts do not have to accept self-certificates; and self-certification is not accepted in the Italian citizenship application process.
For various reasons, you may be unable to provide a self-certification. If so, you can simply ask the relevant official bodies to automatically obtain the documents that they need for a particular procedure from the bodies that keep them.
If you make a false statement, then you may be committing a criminal offence. You could face criminal penalties, and you would lose any benefit that you had gained. The public authorities have to make random checks to see if the statements that you and other citizens make are true. So you must complete the document carefully. For example, the names given must match those on the corresponding identity cards or passports, spelled correctly and written in full.
You can declare facts, statuses and personal attributes about yourself that are not listed as self-certifiable information (under article 46 of Presidential Decree no. 445/2000) using a self-declaration in place of a sworn statement.
You can also declare facts, statuses and personal attributes about other people, as long as you know them personally and you have a personal interest in making the declaration. A self-declaration in place of a sworn statement cannot ever be used as an indication of wishes, a statement of intent, or a means of appointing a third party (e.g. for powers of attorney, acceptance or refusal or appointments, or final settlements).
Your signature must be authenticated by a public official, if the declaration needs to be submitted to a private individual or if money paid by public authorities needs to be collected. For the authentication, you must sign in front of the public official and pay a € 0.52 administration fee. Also, bring a € 16,00 revenue stamp (marca da bollo).
If the declaration is for a public authority, then the signature does not need to be authenticated. Just attach a photocopy of the identity document of the person who has signed.
You can ask a responsible official to check that the copies are true reflections of the originals.
Only copies of original documents can be authenticated.
To authenticate a copy of an original electronic document, you will need to show the electronic file, so that the official can see that it has a time stamp and a valid digital signature. Only if the file meets these requirements can the official print the document and authenticate it.
You may have to pay stamp duty, depending on how the document is to be used (for exemptions, see table B annexed to Presidential Decree no. 642/1972).
You can use a self-declaration in place of a sworn statement for the following documents:
You cannot use a self-declaration or other substitute for the following:
Registry Office (ufficio anagrafe)
Palazzo degli Uffici, piazza Biade 26 8ground floor)
Tel. +39 (0)444 221 604, fax +39 (0)444 221 568
When: Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm Tuesday and Thursday, 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm
For security reasons, the maximum number of people that we can see at counters every day is: 102 in the morning and 51 in the afternoon.
Sub-registry offices: to see where and when you can visit your nearest local Registry office in the city, click here:
Link to the pages of the Municipal register, civil status and electoral office services (link: