What is a Codice Fiscale?
A Codice Fiscale is the Italian National Identification Number and the Tax Code.
The Codice Fiscale is a unique and personal combination of letters and numbers that identifies any Italian citizen or permanently resident foreigner.
The only valid Codice Fiscale (Italian Tax Code) is issued directly by the Agenzia delle Entrate (Italian Revenue Agency) however, since it can be calculated from personal information (full name, date and place of birth), it is not considered private or an official proof of identity.
Moreover it does not contain a picture of the holder (as any other valid ID).
A Codice Fiscale (Italian Tax Code) is similar to the American Social Security Number (SSN) but be aware that “SSN” in Italy means something completely different.
Getting your personal Codice Fiscale (Italian Tax Code) is free.