New rule on self-certification simplifies life for immigrants - The Africa News

Legal Guide Italy

A new law has come into force governing the use of self-certification. The Law Nr. 183 of 12th November 2011, amended the Law DPR 445/2000 on self-certification.

Self-certification offers the citizen the possibility of supplying the same information present in the public registry but in a simpler and less costly manner.

Self-certifications can be used in dealings with the public administration and with those bodies authorised to provide public services.

The new law which entered into force on 1st January 2012, relieves all citizens from the task of going to one public administration office to obtain information or documents required by another public administration office.

For instance, under the new law, one no longer has to line up at the City Council office in order to be issued the certificates such as family status certificates, certificates of residence, civil status certificates, etc., if such certificates are required by another public administration office like the Immigrations Office at the Prefecture, Provincial Police Headquarters, INPS, Tribunals, Universities, etc.

At the same time, one is no longer required to produce such certificates if they are required by companies managing public services such as the Post Office, transport companies, etc.

The new law states that the public administration offices must by themselves carry out the necessary checks or obtain information present in the public registry.

They must therefore use their internal systems to request for the certificates or any other information they require about citizens they are handling their applications.

The new law entitles the citizens to self-certify all information present in the Italian public registry. The citizen making a self-certification must attach a copy of a valid ID document.

Citizens however, are obliged to present the certificates if they are required by private companies such as banks, in case of applications for personal loans or mortgages.

The self-certification option is also applicable to non-EU citizens. Just as Italians, they have a right to self-certify all information or personal data present in the Italian public registry. This means that the Provincial Police Headquarters, for instance, can no longer ask an immigrant applying renewal of their Permit of Stay to present the family status certificate.

The same is applicable when one is applying for citizenship. The Immigrations Office at the Prefecture cannot ask the applicant to present family status certificate.

Non-EU immigrants, however, will be required to present certificates from their home countries such as certificate of good conduct while applying for Italian citizenship, or Declaration of Equal Value (Dichiarazione di Valore) of educational qualifications if applying for admission to an Italian university or school.

By Mascia Salvatore