How to get a Codice Fiscale Tax Code in Italy… and why you need one.

In order to buy a property in Italy, or undertake any other form of official process in Italy for that matter, you will require a Codice Fiscale.

But what is a Codice Fiscale? what do you need one for? and how do you get one?

What is a Codice Fiscale?

A Codice Fiscale is an Italian tax and identification number, similar to a Social Security Number in the US or a National Insurance number in the UK. It is provided as a tax code card and if you are thinking of buying a property in Italy, you will need one.

What do you need a Codice Fiscale for?

You’ll need a Codice Fiscale for things like:

  • Buying a property in Italy
  • Opening a bank account in Italy
  • Buying a Vespa- or any other form of motor vehicle in Italy!
  • Signing contracts with utility companies for your property (gas, water, electric phone, internet etc)
  • Paying taxes
  • Getting a job
  • Buying tickets, paying fines or shopping online.

How do you get a Codice Fiscale?

The Codice Fiscale is issued by the Agenzia delle Entrate (the Italian Tax Agency) in Italy. You can apply for a Codice Fiscale in person by attending one of their local tax offices.

You will need to take with you’re your passport (it is usually helpful to take a couple of copies of this with you too). If you are not a EU-citizen you may also require your permit. They may also require some other documents, so it can be helpful to contact the local office in advance to check what is required before you go. It may be wise to check their office’s opening times too.

The application process consists of attending the tax office with your documents and filling out the Codice Fiscale application form (this will be in Italian so a dictionary might be handy if you have not yet got round to learning Italian!). The process is relatively straightforward although you may have to queue at the office for some time.

When you have completed the application, you will be provided with your number, usually there and then. Your Codice Fiscale card will be sent out to you later by post.

You can also apply for your Codice Fiscale at the Italian Embassy in your home country.


Your Italian lawyer helping you with your property purchase may also be able to assist you with obtaining your Codice Fiscale.


If you need any assistance with obtaining a Codice Fiscale for your property purchase in Italy or with any other part of the buying process call us on 01244 478 911 email us at or download of guide to buying property in Italy.

Article published: September 15, 2016