The Italian eID card (Carta d'identità Elettronica Italiana) started to roll out throughout Italy in 2016. Rome, Milan, Naples, and Turin were the first cities to launch the project in July 2016.
- As of 2 June 2021, 7,945 municipalities out of 7,982 can issue the new Italian national eID card.
- 21 million new ID cards have been delivered as of June 2021.
- 500K eIDs are delivered every month according to the Poligrafico e Zecca Dello Stato.
You can check if your city delivers the new card with this online service from the Ministry of Interior.
The main challenge is to get an appointment at the registry office, and a new app named "Agenda CIE" launched in April 2019 should reduce waiting times.
The app allows you to manage the preliminary stages of the request via smartphone. According to La Stampa, Italian citizens can obtain the card 5 to 6 days after the appointment.
The Minister of Interior dedicated website ( www.cartaidentita.interno.gov.it ) gives useful information on how to apply for the new national ID card, book an appointment with the municipal offices, and indicates the delivery address at home or the Town Hall. The card is delivered within six working days.
Italy is one of the 70+ countries to invest in a national eID card, as revealed in our dossier National IDs: facts and trends.
The new eID card comes to Naples - Nuova carta d'identità, Napoli è prima in Italia
Thales is proud to bring its contribution and provides its digital security technologies to the Italian eID initiative.
What is the new national ID card? How much does it cost?
The 2016 Electronic Identity Card is a personal identification document that certifies the holder's identity and a means of authentication for online Government services.
It aims to streamline and speed up communication between the state and citizens.
The 2016 Carta d'identità elettronica (CIE 3.0)has a credit card format.
The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance set the cost by decree at 16.79 Euros, VAT included. Municipalities add some administrative costs. The average price for citizens is 23 Euros.
In Italy, it is not compulsory to carry the card itself. But the official document is very handy to prove who you are in public offices, for example.
What data does the national ID contain?
Today, the contactless electronic identity card is a polycarbonate document, including:
- full name,
- date, and place of birth,
- fiscal number,
- residence and citizenship,
- code of the city of issuance,
- issuance and expiration dates,
- authentication certificate,
- fingerprints and a digital version of the photo.
That's not all.
As an option, the Italian citizen can give his/her consent to organ donation.
But what are the goals of the new Italian ELECTRONIC id card?
Boosting efficiency and economic development for Italy
The ID document offers greater document security to better protect against identity fraud and an easier travel experience in Europe (do you see the ICAO logo on the top left corner of the card?).
The card can be used with a PIN code to authenticate and access online services leveraging the national identity framework SPID (see below).
Like more than 70 countries, Italy is leaping to digital identity and is engaged in a national eID scheme.
Italy believes that eID can become a real catalyst for ts e-Government strategy and can be an efficient tool for the exercising and protection of citizens' rights with added value for citizens, government authorities, and businesses.
The authorities are seeking to boost efficiency, economic development, and inclusion with the ultimate aim of better serving their citizens in a reliable, secure, and transparent way.
The electronic identity card project is now activated in almost all municipalities of Italy.
But what's the starting point?
Transforming Italy with a new framework of trust
Let's start with the political decision: the decree of the President of the Council of Ministers.
On 9 December 2014, Italy published the goals, defined the organization, and the national eID system's roadmap.
It is part of two major national plans to reach the European digital agenda's objectives: the "ultra-fast broadband" plan and the "digital growth" plan.
- With the "ultra-fast broadband" plan, the goal is to cover, within 2020, 85% of the population with very high-speed connectivity, setting the basis for dematerialization and new e-services.
- The "digital growth" plan aims to boost technology usage and the intensive and secure use of digital exchanges to stimulate economic growth and social cohesion. The objective of the digital growth plan is to strengthen the framework of trust in digital exchanges.
Two projects illustrate this move:
- The "digital security" project aims to increase the security level of information and digital communication. With this initiative, privacy, integrity, and continuity of services can be assured using digital and online services.
- The SPID project (sistema pubblico per la gestione dell'identità digitale di cittadini e imprese) aims to create a new public system for digital identity management.
It is providing access to offer e-government services to citizens and companies alike. The goal was initially to have the system used by ten million users in 2017 ( and 70% of the population within 2020).
SPID also includes an ambitious plan to digitalize health, school, and justice and a scheme for electronic payments and electronic invoicing for transactions with the public administration.
The digital identity scheme in Italy
Who's the driver for the Italian digital identity scheme?
The Digital Agency for Italy (AgID - Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale) drives the digital transformation of the Italian Government.
It involves projects in both infrastructures and platforms, particularly with the objective – and challenge – to boost the usage of the Italian digital Identity Card.
Italy's plans align with the eIDAS regulation as interoperability is a key success factor of Italy's digital transformation.
Over 21 million digital identities in June 2021
- In January 2017, SPID announced that over 1 million Italians are using the new Identità Digitale, digital identity, distributed by central and local authorities.
- In December 2017, over 2 million digital identities were created. On 18 December, Aruba, one of the SPID providers, launched an offer to Italian companies: SPID for free until 31 May 2018.
- In May 2019, over 4 million digital identities were generated, a robust increase compared to 3.4m in January. Poste is the largest supplier and has activated more than 80% of digital identities.
- In December 2020, there were over 14,8m digital identities, according to AGID.
- As of June 2021, over 21m digital IDs have been created.
The digital transformation progress can be visualized on this dashboard.
In the future, SPID can be used to access the digital services of all member states of the European Union.
Two popular initiatives have boosted the use:
- Those turning 18 in 2021 get a €500 bonus to spend on cinema, museums, concerts, cultural events, books. This measure is known as "Bonus Cultura."
- The same amount is granted to teachers for educational resources such as books, courses, and tickets to museums and theatres.
In January 2018, the Ministry of Education also implemented SPID, to be used for the online registration of primary and secondary school children.
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How can we help you get the most of your digital identity project?
At Thales, we promote the emergence of a free and more sustainable society by making it more secure.
We have built a structured approach and mode of contribution to government programs, sharing international experience, industrial know-how, and working as a partner to public authorities in numerous countries.
This approach addresses three main areas:
- Securing the identity of citizens
- Protecting their privacy, personal data, and digital rights
- Promoting an optimal framework of trust for digital exchanges to create the conditions for reliable deployment of online services.
In the same spirit, we collaborate with our customers to analyze and promote best practices in these areas across the planet.
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