Codice fiscale is the Italian tax code that is created with an algorithm of your name + surname + birth date + birth place.
You will be asked to give your codice fiscale number to do a rent contract, to create a bank account, to take your scholarship, nearly everywhere. So if you decided to live in Italy, it’s better to take it at the first days of your arrival.
To get your codice fiscale you should go to the “Agenzia delle Entrate” (which can be found in every city) with the necessary documents:
- Your passport AND two photocopies of the personal data/visa information pages
- The non-EU citizens should show their Italian visa.
- The form that you can take from the “Agenzia delle Entrate” at your arrival.
Interestingly, it is a very short process compared to the other bureaucratic issues so keep silent while waiting at the 2 hour line J You will get your codice fiscale immediately.
Tip: If you have more than one name or surname, check the paper if it is written correctly. I have a friend who could not receive her scholarship on time because her codice fiscale was written with the wrong name order (her name is A+B, but it was written like B+A on the document)
Tip 2: The paper you are given is as important as a treasure. Make a lot of copies and if necessary give the copies to the bank, hospital etc. Keep the original one as hardcopy and also scan and save it on your Google Drive or Dropbox.
Tip 3: This is not so legal way but if you immediately need to create a codice fiscale, you can create it from this link. But don’t forget that this is not the legal way to obtain the codice fiscale.