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What is a SPID Digital Identity in Italy

What is a SPID Digital Identity in Italy

If you are planning to move to Italy, you will find that there is a sea of bureaucracy to navigate. One item on the essentials list is a SPID ID.

What is a SPID ID?

SPID stands for Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale (SPID), Public Digital Identity System and is a digital identity.

Made up of an encrypted username and password it allows residents in Italy to access public administration and government online services.

Since 2021, a SPID is needed to access INPS (Tax, income and revenue service) and most public administration and government websites.

What sites do you need a SPID for?

All public administration and government websites (local and national) require the SPID.

You will need a SPID for services such as:

  • Public administration
  • Resident Registry office
  • Financing
  • Citizen/Resident online portals
  • Municipal/Regional websites
  • Tax, legal and financial websites
  • Educational facilities and universities
  • Inquiries and reservations for public hospitals and clinics
  • Social and Community Services
  • Certification and Self-Certification Services
  • Services for families
  • Utility companies
  • Electronic Health Record
  • INAIL services
  • INPS services
  • Sending and requesting documents
  • Certification and Self-Certification Services

How much does a SPID Cost?

The cost for a SPID is free, however some providers require payment for the id verification process.

Can a foreigner living in Italy get a SPID?

Yes. You must have a valid Italian identification document (such as an identity card) and a tax code card, an e-mail address and a mobile phone for personal use. If you have a residence permit, you can request an Italian identity card and present it during the SPID activation request phase. 

Can Italians living outside Italy get a SPID?

Yes, click here for more information

Learn more about how to get a SPID in Italy here.

Article by Easy Milano Editorial Staff


Easy Milano

Easy Milano is the online publication for the international community of Milan. We offer practical tips, key information and essential insights about living and working in Italy. Easy Milano has been assisting English speaking expats in Milan since 1999.
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