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ID Cards

 

ID Cards

You may contact the office of Carte d'Identità:

Via post:   Ufficio Carte d'Identità
                Consulate General of Italy
                "Harp House", 83/86 Farringdon Street EC4A 4BL London

Online:  Contact Us Form ID Card

Tel:           0207 9365900 – Every Tuesday from 3PM -4.30PM

PLEASE NOTE: Given the high volume of applications, the processing time for the issue of ID cards is about 4 months from receipt of the application. In case of an emergency, and if you do not have a passport, you can come to the Consulate Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 12 noon without an appointment, within the five days prior to your departure, to apply for an ETD (Emergency Travel Document), which is valid for 5 days and allows the holder to return to Italy ONLY. Once in Italy, you can go to your “comune” to apply for the issue/renewal of your ID card. The “comune” is the authority which is competent for the issue of ID cards, even if the applicant is registered with the AIRE office. Click here for further information and an ETD application form.


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General information / laws of reference:

  • As per Italian decree n. 296/2006, comma 1319, all Italian Consulates abroad can issue paper based Carta d'Identità Cartacea (C.I.C.).
  • The following service is exclusively reserved to Italian citizens that are regularly residing abroad and registered in the Consular Registry office (AIRE) within their respective Italian Consulate constituency
  • With effect from 14th May 2011, in conjunction to what has been decreed on Art.14 of the Italian Decree 21 November 1967, n. 1185, all Italian Consulates abroad are empowered to issue paper based Carta d'Identità Cartacea (C.I.C.) in favour of all Italian citizens regardless of their age.


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Conditions for the issuance of Carta d'Identità:

  • The carta d'identità can be issued only and exclusively to Italian citizens that are regularly residing abroad and registered in the Consular Registry office (A.I.R.E.) within their respective Italian Consulate constituency
  • The carta d'identità can be issued only and exclusively to Italian citizens whose details are present in the CIC database A.I.R.E. (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all'Estero) managed directly by the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the local Italian Town Halls (not to be confused with the Consular A.I.R.E. registration). Such a requirement is imperative in order for us to be able to process your application.
    Please note that for your details to appear on the CIC database, you must wait at least a minimum of 6 months from receipt of a written confirmation of your approved/completed A.I.R.E. registration from the local Italian Town Hall of reference. Being registered in the Consular A.I.R.E. does not mean that you are officially registered AIRE nor does it guarantee that your details are present in such a database!
  • The issue of the carta d’identità is always subject to receipt of a successful Nulla Osta (criminal record check) from the local Italian Town Halls. Infact the Italian Town Halls are solely responsible for the issuance of the carta d’identità and can continue to issue said document directly, to all Italian citizens residing abroad.
  • With regards to timescales, the issuance of carta d’identità can be subject to longer periods of delays which may be caused by numerous factors such as: delays in response from the Italian Town Halls, backlogs of the respective offices due to large volumes of applications, together with discrepancies’ (lack of updated details) between Consular A.I.R.E. and official Town Halls A.I.R.E. registry.

IMPORTANT:
Please note that, as per decree art. 6 comma 1, law 470/1988, ALL ITALIANS residing abroad are required by law to register within 90 days from their arrival with their respective Consular A.I.R.E. constituency.

For further information on how to register click here


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