How to register for residency in Italy before key Brexit date: A step-by-step guide for Brits

Registering as a resident is the first step for Brits who want to continue living in Italy after the end of the Brexit transition period. UK in Italy guides us through the process.

How to register for residency in Italy before key Brexit date: A step-by-step guide for Brits
Getting your paperwork in order is the first step to protecting your right to live in Italy after Brexit. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

It is a legal requirement to register your residency in Italy for those wishing to stay for longer than 90 days. If you are moving to Italy before December 31st or you haven’t yet registered we strongly recommend that you do so before the end of the year.

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If you are lawfully living in Italy by the end of this year, your rights will be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement. This extends to your close family members.

By registering your residency now, you will have evidence of these rights. So make sure you register your residency as soon as possible.

Here’s how to register:

1. Go to your nearest town hall, called the comune or municipio. There you will find the registration office, called the anagrafe. Some town halls are only meeting the public through appointments online so check what yours is offering.

2. Download a registration form from the town hall’s website. You will need to complete it and bring it with you.

3. You’ll need a codice fiscale – a personalised tax number – before you apply for residency. You can get this from the Agenzia delle Entrate, or tax office.

READ ALSO: Codice fiscale: How to get your Italian tax code

4. You’ll also need evidence that confirms you are lawfully living in Italy. For example:

  • If you’re a worker you’ll need to prove it through a work contract.
  • If you are self-employed, take along your Italian VAT number (called a partita IVA in Italian).
  • If you are a student, you should take along evidence of your course enrolment. You will also need to show you can support yourself financially and that you have some kind of healthcare cover.
  • If you are retired or not working, you will need to show a minimum income of approximately 6,000 euros a year – for example with a bank statement or a self-declaration of your funds. You will also need to provide evidence of healthcare cover.

Check the exact requirements from your local town hall.

5. All applicants will need to provide an original and valid UK passport as an identity document.

6. And lastly, you will probably need to show some evidence of where you live, e.g. a rental agreement. Check with your town hall first what they require.

7. You should expect to pay a small fee in the form of ‘tax stamps’ or bolli. You can purchase these from many shops.

Make sure to call the municipality or check their website for a full list of required documents before you apply.

What happens when you apply?

When you apply, you will receive a receipt of your application. Your date of residency will start from when you submitted your application.

Your local town hall then has 45 days to consider your request. The local police will visit your flat or house to verify that you live there.

Once you hear that your application has been successful, you have the right to obtain a residency certificate called an ‘Attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica’ or ‘Attestazione di regolare soggiorno cittadini UE’.

It should refer to the following law – Decreto legislativo 6/2/2007, n. 30 – because that’s the law it is issued under. So you need to check it does.


If you haven’t heard anything from your town hall after 45 days, get in touch with them to check the progress of your application.

It’s worth knowing that you may also be able to apply for residency via registered mail, email, fax or electronically. Check your local town hall website to see what services they offer.

If you have lived in Italy for five continuous years you now have the right to obtain a permanent residency document called an ‘attestazione di soggiorno permanente UE’. Ask your local town hall for more details.

READ ALSO: Why UK citizens may face problems proving they have permanent Italian residence

Once you’re registered you now have the right to obtain a second certificate which further evidences your rights in Italy.

This one is called an ‘Attestazione di iscrizione anagrafica’ issued under the Withdrawal Agreement. 

If you want to know more about registering for residency as well as your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, see the UK government's Living in Italy guide.

And if you need help registering, you can get in touch with the International Organization for Migration by calling this number: 800 684 884.

Remember – if you’re planning to settle in Italy, register your residency now.

For more information, see the UK government's guide to help and services in Italy and follow UK in Italy on Facebook or Twitter.

Member comments

  1. Hi, my wife was born England but her birth is registered in Sicily giving her Italian citizenship we believe. Will she be able to move and live there after 31st December 2020 and will I be allowed to go with her as her husband?

  2. I have a second home in Italy (since 2006) and am currently resident in the UK. My son and family live permanently in Italy (he now has permanent resident status). I plan to leave the UK and move to Italy to live. Do I need a visa or can I just apply for temporary (initially) residency on arrival?

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Passports: What are the post-Brexit rules for dual-nationals travelling in Europe?

People who have more than one citizenship often hold multiple passports, so what does this mean for crossing borders? Here's what you should know.

Passports: What are the post-Brexit rules for dual-nationals travelling in Europe?

For many readers of The Local, gaining citizenship of the country where they live helps them to feel more settled – but there are also travel benefits, including avoiding the long ‘non EU’ queue when coming back into the Schengen zone.

But this week the problems associated with travelling while holding dual citizenship came to light, leaving many people wondering what they should know when they are entering different countries.

Put simply – which passport should you use? And do you have to carry both with you?

Financial Times journalist Chris Giles tweeted that the UK Border Force “detained” his dual-national daughter while she was travelling from France into the UK with her German passport – and not her British one. 

He went on to say that UK border guards released his daughter. According to Giles, the border staff said she should have had both passports with her “and asked why she was travelling on her German one”.

The rules on dual-nationality have not changed, but now that the UK is not in the EU, there are strict rules on non-Brits who enter the country (and vice-versa) which has made it trickier for travel.

For instance, UK nationals receive a stamp in their passport when entering Schengen member states because they are only allowed to stay up to 90 days within an 180 period (unless they have a visa or residency card).

READ ALSO: Brexit: EU asks border police not to stamp passports of British residents 

People coming from the EU to the UK can generally visit as a tourist for up to six months without a visa – but are not allowed to carry out any work while there.

So which passport should you show?

The first thing to be aware of is there are no specific rules on travelling with more than one passport. 

Travellers can choose to use whichever passport they prefer when going to a country. 

But one thing to note is that it’s worth using the passport that is best suited to your destination when travelling there. Each country has its own set of immigration and visa rules that you’ll need to research closely.

It could be that one passport is better suited for your trip – and you may be able to avoid visa requirements.  

READ ALSO: How powerful is the German passport?

In the case of the UK, many people are still getting to grips with the different rules that apply because it’s not in the EU anymore.

A question submitted to the Secretary of State for the Home Department in September 2021 provided some insight into this issue. 

The question from Labour’s Paul Blomfield asked what steps the UK government “is taking to enable dual UK and EU citizens to travel to the UK on an EU member state passport without having to further prove their UK citizenship?”

The Conservatives Kevin Foster said: “Border Force Officers examine all arriving passengers to establish whether they are British citizens, whether they require leave to enter or if they are exempt from immigration control.

“Where the passenger claims to be British, but does not hold any evidence of British citizenship, the officer will conduct all relevant checks to satisfy themselves the passenger is British.

Border control at Hamburg airport.

Border control at Hamburg airport. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christian Charisius

“When dual nationals who are eligible to use e-gates travel to the UK, they will enter via the e-gates without being examined by an immigration officer.

“We recommend all dual nationals, including EU citizens, travel on their British passport or with evidence or their British citizenship to minimise any potential delay at the border or when commencing their journey.”

The Local contacted the UK Home Office to ask if there was any official advice. 

A spokesman said: “An individual can present whichever passport they desire to enter the UK, however they will be subject to the entry requirements associated with the nationality of the passport they present.”

They said anyone who is looking for more information should check out guidance on entering the UK and on dual nationality.

In short, if you present a German passport on entry to the UK you will be treated the same as any other German citizen – which can include being quizzed about your reasons for visiting the UK – as border guards have no way of knowing that you are a dual-national. 

Do I have to carry both passports?

There’s no rule requiring you to have both passports, but you won’t get the benefits of a British passport (entry into the UK without questions) if you don’t show it.

Likewise if you are a French-British dual national and you enter France on your UK passport, you will need to use the non-EU queue and may have your passport stamped.

Should I think about anything else?

An important thing to remember is that if you apply for a visa and register your passport details, the same passport has to be used to enter the country. 

It could also make sense to travel with both passports, just in case. 

However, note that some countries – like the US – require that US nationals use a US passport to enter and leave the States even if they are dual nationals. 

In general, it’s best to use the same passport you entered a country with to depart.

The rules and systems are different depending on the country. But many countries require people to show their passport when leaving – and they will either stamp or scan the passport – this is how authorities know that a foreign visitor hasn’t overstayed their time in the country. 

So if your passport is checked as you leave the UK, you should show the one you arrived with, just to ensure there is a record of you arriving and leaving.

However as you enter France/Germany/other EU destination, you can show your EU passport in order to maximise the travel benefits of freedom of movement.