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Access your Health Records
If you’re registered with Italy’s national health service, the SSN, you can consult your own records online via what the government calls a fascicolo sanitario elettronico or ‘electronic health record’. You’ll find the details of care you received at both public and private facilities, if they’re connected with the regional health system.
The service is available in every region of Italy: find a link to electronic records in your region here. Most require a SPID or CIE to log in.
Italy’s ‘Public Digital Identity System’ or Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale (SPID for short) is the digital equivalent of a passport: a personal, verified ID that you can use to identify yourself when doing anything official online.
The first step is to choose a provider, since the SPID isn’t managed by the Italian government but provided by accredited private companies.
What documents do you need?
You’ll need a few basics:
- an email address;
- a mobile phone number;
- a valid identity document (e.g. ID card, passport, driving license)
- either a tessera sanitaria (health card) or a codice fiscale card.
The final document is required to provide proof of your codice fiscale. According to the the Agency for Digital Italy (AgID), which is responsible for managing the electronic ID system, if you live in Italy you’ll need to show a tessera sanitaria, which logs your codice fiscale, while if you’re an Italian citizen applying from overseas you can just show your codice fiscale card itself.
How do you use your SPID?
On their websites you’ll find the option ‘Entra con SPID‘ (‘login with SPID’), which will prompt you to enter your credentials.
Depending on the service and how much security is required, you may also be asked for a randomly generated code either sent to your phone or generated by an authenticator app, or prompted to put your CIE in a card reader and enter its PIN.
There are currently nine approved providers, including the Poste Italiane: find a full list here.
It’s basically an email account that you have to show official ID to set up. Messages you send from it are certified with a date and time stamp to show when you sent it and when it was received, and they have the same legal value as a physical lettera raccomandata (registered letter). From time to time you may run into government offices that will required official communications via this method.
You can get your own PEC address – for a monthly or yearly fee – from one of the official providers listed here.
Register on the Revenue Agency’s website and you should be able to calculate, declare, pay, check and claim back your taxes online. You can use a SPID or CIE to log in.
If you’re an employee in Italy and file a pre-filled income tax return (Form 730), you can also access a dedicated portal here.
Car owners can find out how much regional or provincial vehicle tax (bollo auto) they owe using this online tool from Italian drivers’ association ACI.
Most drivers can pay it online too, though the service isn’t yet available in every region: register on ACI’s website to get started.
ACI also offers a number of other online options to check records, order certificates and calculate costs that are useful if you’re buying or selling a car, or driving for work: find a full list here.
ACI also has a app for both Iphone and Android.
This program is going to appeal to many expats who want to settle in the more rural southern regions.
Culture and Travel Resources
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