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The term “self certification” means “Sworn Statement rendered and signed by the person concerned in place of a regular certificate” (art. 2, Law 15/1968). This offers Italian and EU citizens the possibility of supplying the same information present in the public registry in a simpler and less costly manner.

The self certification option is available to all Italian and European Union citizens.

The right to avail oneself of personal sworn declarations has also been extended to non EU citizens legally staying in Italy, provided what is declared can be verified or certified, in needs be, by Italian public authorities.

Self certifications and personal sworn declarations can be used in dealings with public administration and with organizations authorised to provide public services.

These cannot, however, be used in dealings between private individuals, unless the latter agree to it, nor before a judicial authority acting in its jurisdictional capacity.

Self certification can replace:

place and date of birth;
possession of political rights
marital status
family status
certificate testifying that the person is still alive;
birth of a child;
death of a spouse, ancestor or descendant;
national service status;
membership to associations and/or boards required by the public administration;
academic qualifications;
professional qualifications;
public and tertiary exams completed;
postgraduate qualifications;
other recognised qualifications;
training courses completed;
refresher courses completed;
technical qualifications;
income or financial status, provided for the purpose of obtaining benefits and advantages of whatever type as foreseen by specific laws;
exemption from specific tax obligations, with the indication of the amount;
tax file or VAT number;
pertinent information contained in the tax register(?);
unemployment status;
pensioner status and type of pension received;
student status;
housewife status;
status as legal representative/guardian/trustee and similar of physically impaired or declared legally unfit persons;
membership to social groups or associations of whatever type;
fulfilment/non fulfilment of national service obligations, including those contemplated in art. 77 of D.P.R. n.237/64 as modified by art. 22 of law 958/86;
police record;
status of dependence on mother/father/etc.;
all information directly pertaining to and known by the person concerned appearing in the public registry of births, marriages and deaths.
How to make a personal Sworn Declaration:

The declaration replacing normal certification, accompanied by a photocopy of a valid (current) ID document with photograph, can be written on ordinary blank stationery and signed by the person concerned, who is fully responsible for the veracity of the declaration. (It is not necessary to sign before a recognised officer). The sworn declaration can also be made by filling in a declaration form.

Furthermore, it is possible to send documents, deeds and certificates via fax, post or email to public administration offices.