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Italian Fiscal code

“Codice fiscale” (Italian Social Insurance Number)

The “codice fiscale” (Italian social insurance number) is issued by the Agenzia delle Entrate (Revenue Agency). It is the instrument used by the Italian Authorities to identify all Italian citizens, as well as foreigners who may have a need for it, regardless of their place of residence, when dealing with agencies in the public and private sector, as well as government offices.

The “codice fiscale” is made up of a combination of 16 characters that represent the name, surname, sex, date and place of birth of the applicant. It is issued online by the Agenzia delle Entrate through the Consulate General.
The “codice fiscale” is valid for the entire life of the holder.

NOTE: “codice fiscale” for married women is generated on the basis of their maiden name unless they legally changed last name as proven by the updated “Registration of Birth”.

Those permanently residing in this consular jurisdiction may request the “codice fiscale” through this Consulate General by providing to the Consulate, via Canada Post or e-mail to the following:

  • application form ASSI05 (click here) duly completed and signed;
  • valid passport (if the applicant is an Italian citizen, an Italian passport must be submitted);
  • for non-Italian citizens a “Registration of Birth” showing their legal name;
  • marriage certificate (only for married or common-law women with passport under their spouse last name);
  • copy of Canadian driver’s license with updated address or other proof of address (utility bill, bank account ,
    lease agreement, etc.).


If the tax number is requested for a newborn, the form must be accompained by the parent photo ID and birth certificate of the child.

If the tax number is requested for a minor, the form must be accompanied by valid photo ID for the minor and the parent plus birth certificate of the child.

Additional requirements apply to specific cases:

– hereditary succession: to obtain the “codice fiscale” of a deceased person it is necessary to provide a death certificate or a personally signed statement indicating the particulars of the deceased.

– change of name: the request for the corresponding modification of one’s “codice fiscale” must be submitted to the Agenzia delle Entrate together with a photocopy of a valid piece of photo ID showing the new name.

– loss or theft of the “codice fiscale” card: the holder must report the loss or theft to the police and then submit an application for a duplicate card.

The “codice fiscale” is required for several types of legal and taxation related documents.

Last update: May 18, 2023