Milan introduces electronic ID cards

New smart cards replace old carte d’identità.

Milan is among Italy’s first municipalities to introduce credit-card size, plastic ID documents to replace the old identity card.

Available from October 2016, the new ID cards include a microchip containing the holder’s data, and can be used to access online services of the central, regional and local governments.

Exchanging the old-style, paper carta d’identità is optional – it will still remain valid up to the expiry date printed on it.

The new service is currently available by appointment only on tel. 020202, Monday to Friday 08.00 to 20.00, up to 180 days before your old carta d’identità expires.

The new card, which will cost €22.20, will be delivered by mail within six days, or it can be collected in person at the registry office.

More details on the dedicated page of the city hall website.