Tax identification code

Tax identification code (Codice Fiscale in Italian)  is a code made up of letters and numbers on the basis of your first name, family name, date and place of birth. It is a very important document, used by the Public Administration, to identify the citizens living in Italy. Codice Fiscale is necessary in order to apply for residence permit, to open a bank account, to enter into a tenancy agreement, to receive the payment of a scholarship, to earn a salary and carry out other procedures/activities. All those living in Italy need to have their own.

How to get it

Before arriving in Italy

If the Italian Consulate / Embassy in your country offers this service, you can apply for an official Italian tax code before travelling to Italy.


After arriving in Italy

Write an email to [email protected] in order to request the code and specify that you are an international student enrolling in a degree course.

EU citizens

To apply for a Tax identification code, EU citizens have to show a valid identification document.

Non-EU citizens

To apply for a Tax identification code, non-EU citizens need to show 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.

Additional information can be found on the website of Agenzia dell’Entrate.