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FAQs Electronic Identity Card

 

FAQs Electronic Identity Card

FAQs Electronic Identity Card

It is possible to apply for a Carta d’identità elettronica (CIE) – electronic identity card at the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh, starting from 18th January 2021. Applications for a CIE must follow the following procedure (applications without prior appointment can not be accepted).

It is not possible to apply for an Identity Card in paper format (CIC) anymore. Applications for CIC will not be accepted.

 

1) What is an electronic identity card?
2) Who can apply for an electronic identity card?
3) When will it possible to apply for an electronic identity card?
4) How can I apply for an electronic identity card?
5) How can I book an appointment on Prenota Online system?
6) Is it possible to book an appointment for another person?
7) What do I need to bring with me when applying for an electronic identity card?
8) What happens on the day of the appointment?
9) How do I receive the electronic identity card?
10) How long will the identity card be valid?
11) What is the ‘act of consent’?
12) Is it possible to change the data on the identity card?
13) Is it possible for married women to add the husband’s surname?

 

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1) What is an electronic identity card?

The carta d’identità elettronica (CIE) – electronic identity card is the new identity card in the bank card format.

The CIE is a multifunctional document: it is a proof of identity, a travel document, it bears the Italian personal tax code (Codice Fiscale) and it can be used on the Italian Public System of Digital Identity (Sistema Pubblico di Identitá Digitale – SPID) for accessing the services of the Italian Public Administration.

The Identity Card is a personal document, valid as proof of identity and as travel document in the European Union, in some countries part of the Schengen Agreement (i.e. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and in other countries with bilateral agreements (please check individual “country focus” on www.viaggiaresicuri.it).

The British Government recently announced that it will be possible to continue to use the national Identity Card for travels to and from the United Kingdom until 30th September 2021, or until at least 2025 for those who obtained the (pre-)settled status (please check www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit).

 

2) Who can apply for an electronic identity card?

Only Italian citizens who live in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh (Scotland and Northern Ireland), regularly registered with the Consulate and whose details are on the Ministry of the Interior’s A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero) can apply for an identity card.

At the moment, only people without a valid identity card, whose identity card is expiring (within the next 6 months), or in case of theft, loss or damage of the previous identity card, can apply for an electronic identity card.

People who are not on A.I.R.E. registers must first apply, using the portal FAST IT and they shall wait for their name to be enrolled in the register by the competent A.I.R.E. Municipality in Italy, before being able to apply for the electronic identity card (it will be possible to apply at the Italian Municipality in Italy, for those who are not register on A.I.R.E.).

Italian citizens born abroad must have their birth certificate registered at the competent A.I.R.E. Municipality in Italy to be able to apply for A.I.R.E. registration.

In case the address you are currently living at is different from the one registered at the Consulate, it is necessary to update it using the portal FAST IT.

Moreover, it is necessary to have an Italian tax code (Codice Fiscale), validated by the Italian tax agency (Agenzia delle Entrate). In case the Italian citizen has not assigned any tax code or should it not be validated, the Consulate will provide one.

 

3) When will it possible to book an appointment for an electronic identity card?

It will be possible to book an appointment to apply for an electronic identity card starting from 21st December 2020.

 

4) How can I apply for an electronic identity card?

The appointment for submitting an electronic identity card application can only be booked using the Prenota Online system.

Prior to booking an appointment, it is necessary to make sure that own registrations at the Consulate (address, marital status, etc) are regularly up to date.

 

5) How can I book an appointment on Prenota Online system?

If the user is already registered on Prenota Online system, they shall select “login for registered user” and type the own login details:

Username: e-mail address

Password: the one chosen at registration

When viewing all available services, it is possible to choose Carta d’Identitá/Identity Card and fill in the details of the person who needs to obtain the document (“applicant”). Therefore, if the appointment is for the application for an identity card for a child, their details must be submitted even if it is the parent filling in the booking form.

It is then possible to view the appointments availabilities on the calendar and choose a suitable date.

If the user is already registered with another Consulate, it is necessary to change registration Consulate using the tab “change office” on the left-hand side of the main page, prior to booking the appointment.

In case of a new user, they must first register on Prenota Online system selecting “new user registration”. After the registration, it is possible to access the booking system and to book an appointment.

At least 15 days pass from the day you book an appointment to the date of the appointment itself. During this time, the Office will check your details, resolve possible inconsistencies between consular archives and the data hold by the Italian Municipality and acquire the police clearance for the issuance of the document.

PLEASE NOTE that in case it will not be possible (temporarily or permanently) to issue the identity card because of issue arisen during the preliminary checks, the user will be contacted by the Office to cancel the appointment.

 

6) Is it possible to book an appointment for another person?

Yes, it is possible. However, when booking the appointment, it is necessary to provide the details of the person who needs the identity card, to allow the mandatory preliminary checks. In case on the day of the appointment a different person, whose details were not on Prenota Online system, applies for the identity card, it will not be possible to proceed.

In case of children underaged, the parent can apply for their appointment. In such case, the child’s personal details of the child – NOT the parent’s – must be filled in in the online booking form. Similarly, in case the user wishes to book an appointment for another family member, it is possible to login on the own account, but the family member’s personal details must be submitted.

The online booking system allows only one appointment per e-mail address/user and device. If you need to book more than one appointment for other family members, you need to register different accounts and possibly use different devices (i.e. different computers or smartphones).

 

7) What do I need to bring with me when applying for an electronic identity card?

The applicant must bring on the day of the appointment:

- Previous identity card (if applicable; if not available, any other form of ID); if the person who needs the identity card is a minor, it is necessary that the accompanying parent shows a proof of ID.

- 1 passport photo, which must meet ICAO rules (recent, colours, 35 x 45 mm).

- when the person who needs the identity card is a children under the age of 12, if they are not attending the appointment, photo authentication form (MOD3), duly filled and signed by a professional countersignatory in the list of those accepted by this Consulate General;

- when the applicant has any child under the age of 18, act of consent to the issue of the document by the other parent. The other parent’s consent is required independently from the fact that the applicant is not married, or if the applicant is separated or divorced. If the other parent is a non-EU citizen, the act of consent must be signed in person at the Consulate during the appointment. It is necessary that the child is already registered with this Consulate or, alternatively, that the original full birth certificate with apostille is submitted

- when the applicant is under the age of 18, acts of consent to the issue of the document by both parents and a copy of their IDs. If one parent is a non-EU citizen, the act of consent must be signed in person at the Consulate during the appointment

- when the applicant has not the previous identity card anymore, due to loss or theft, it is necessary to submit a loss or theft report form on the day of the appointment.

- payment (cash only) for the consular fees. The cost of the electronic identity card is subject to quarterly fluctuations in the exchange rate between EUR/GBP.To find out how much an electronic identity card costs, please see Consular fees.

 

8) What happens on the day of the appointment?

On the day of the appointment, the officer will receive all the documents listed above, will identify the applicant and authenticate the photo and will acquire signature and fingerprints (except for the applicants below the age of 12). Photo, fingerprints, and signature will be securely stored in the microprocessor on the new electronic identity card.

If the person who needs the identity card is a child under the age of 12 and it is not possible that they attend the appointment, the parent must submit the photo authentication form (MOD3), duly filled and signed by a professional countersignatory in the list of those accepted by this Consulate General. In case the child below the age of 12 can attend the appointment, the officer will identify them and authenticate their photo.

Minors must be always accompanied by one with parental responsibilities or, if a different person is appointed, by the legal guardian.

Moreover, the current valid identity card (in paper or electronic format) will be always revoked, even if the applicant does not hold any other ID.

 

9) How do I receive the electronic identity card?

The electronic identity card is not issued on the day of the appointment. The electronic identity card is issued by the Ministry of the Interior and produced by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian National Mint and Printing House), which will send it to the applicant’s address by tracked and signed mail. The electronic identity card usually arrives within 15 days from the day of the appointment (the applicant can track the envelope online with the trucking number given on the day of the appointment). In case the envelope can not be delivered at the address, it will be available at the Post Office and returned to the Consulate, if not claimed.

 

10) How long will the identity card be valid?

The validity of the identity card changes according to the age of the applicant:

- 3 years for children between 0 and 3 years old;

- 5 years for children between 3 and until reaching the legal age (18 years old);

- 10 years from 18 years old.

 

11) What is the ‘act of consent’?

The ‘act of consent’ is a statement that the parent can sign on the designated act of consent form; a copy of the ID must be attached to the form. In case the other parent is not an EU citizen, their signature on the act of consent must be authenticated by a consular officer on the day of the appointment.

In case of death of one of the parents, it is necessary to submit their death certificate.

 

12) Is it possible to change the data on the identity card?

No. The identity card is a proof of identity document, not a residence or marital status proof. Therefore, it is not possible to update the address on the identity card.

 

13) Is it possible for married women to add the husband’s surname?

No, it is not possible.

 

Contacts of the Identity Card Department:

E-mail address: ci_conedim@esteri.it

For further information and details please check the following link:

Further information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

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