The ultimate guide to getting your Certificato di Residenza Milano

Register your new home in Milan and get your Certificato di Residenza Milano in no time with these simple steps.


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Updated on 10 May 2024

Once you finally find a rental home in Milan, the next step on your relocation checklist is registering your address with the local authorities. This process involves getting your Certificato di Residenza Milano, a document that verifies your residency in Milan. To help you understand what you’ll need for your registration, we'll discuss the following:

  • What the Certificato di Residenza Milano is
  • Who needs to register
  • The steps for registering your new address in Milan

What is the Certificato di Residenza Milano?

Simply put, the Certificato di Residenza Milano is an official document from the local authorities in Milan confirming your city residential address. It works as proof of your legal residence, which you’ll need for various administrative purposes, such as your Carta d’Identità (municipal ID card). The certificate gives you official recognition as a resident of Milan.

Who needs to register their address in Milan?

Any person staying in Milan for more than 90 days is legally required to register their address and obtain their Certificato di Residenza Milano. This applies to all residents, whether you came to Milan to study or to find your dream job, everyone who stays longer than 90 days will need to register their address. If you're renting an apartment, sharing a place with a friend, or living in a student dormitory, it's essential to register with the local Anagrafe (registry office).

Why do you need to register your address in Milan?

The government requires city registration in Milan for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures that the local authorities officially recognise individuals living in Milan. It helps establish your legal presence in the city and facilitates access to public services such as healthcare, education, and banking. It also enables the government to track the population and allocate resources accordingly.

Updating your registration to your current address is a legal requirement. So even if you decide to move to a new place after living in Milan for a while, you’ll need to ensure you change your registration within 20 days of moving.

The simple steps of registering your address in Milan

While the process of registering is similar throughout Milan, some Anagrafe’s might have different demands for your registration.

In any case, the first step will be to prepare your documents.

Collect the correct documents

To register your address in Milan, you may be required to provide copies of the following documents;

  • Front and back copies of your ID
  • Original and photocopy of your Codice Fiscale
  • A copy of your rental lease agreement or proof of home ownership
  • (If you have a family) Translated and legalised copies of marriage or civil partnership certificate and birth certificates

In addition to these, the specific documents you'll be asked to provide may differ depending on your country of origin and the current status of your residence permit, whether it's already obtained or pending.

Additional documents required for non-EU citizens

If you’ve got a valid residence permit:

  • Copy of the valid residence permit

If you’re waiting for your residence permit renewal:

  • Copy of your expired residence permit
  • Receipt of request for renewal of residence permit

If you’re awaiting your work-related residence permit:

  • Copy of your Contratto di Soggiorno Presso (a type of residence contract) from the Sportello Unico immigration office
  • Receipt issued by the post office of submission of your request for a residence permit

If you’re awaiting your family reunification residence permit:

  • Original and photocopy of your entry visa
  • Receipt issued by the post office of submission of your request for a residence permit
  • Unauthenticated photocopy of the authorisation provided by Sportello Unico

Additional documents required for EU citizens

If you’re employed or self-employed, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Proof of employment status

If you plan to stay without working:

  • Self-declaration of sufficient income to not burden state social assistance, your personal situation will also be assessed
  • Copy of a health insurance policy covering your residency in Italy

If you’re a student and don’t work:

  • Proof of enrolment from the Italian university
  • Self-declaration of sufficient income to not burden state social assistance, your personal situation will also be assessed.
  • Copy of a health insurance policy covering at least one or at least equal to the course of your study, which can cover your healthcare in Italy. If this equals less than one year, an EHIC from your country of origin can also work.

The Milan authorities provide detailed information on the types of documentation they require on their website if you need further information.

Once you’ve collected your documents, the next step is to either complete your application online or schedule an appointment at your local Anagrafe.

Register online

The online registration process is a super convenient way to register your new or change of address with the Milan authorities. After you’ve collected your necessary documents, the online registration process is super convenient! Simply; 1. Collect your necessary documents. 2. Log on to their online portal using your SPID, CNS or CIE (digital identities used to log into official websites). 3. In the list of available, choose request change of residence. 4. Upload your documents and submit.

Register in person

© Comune di Milano

The in-person registration process is a bit more work. Very few Anagrafe allow walk-in appointments, so booking one is best. You’ll have to call your local Anagrafe to book an appointment or check their website for available appointments. These can be a bit of a wait, but once you get your appointment, you simply go to your Anagrafe with these documents and complete some paperwork in person before submitting your application.

Processing your application

Processing your application and receiving your certificate will typically take 2–4 weeks. This time will vary depending on your local Anagrafe. It's possible that it may take longer, especially during peak periods or if there’re any delays or complications in the process. It's a good idea to inquire about the expected processing time when you submit your application at the Anagrafe or online.

Home inspection

Once you’ve received your certificate, a government official will visit you at your registered address within 45 days. This inspection is to ensure that all the information you provided was accurate. They can visit at any time on any working day. If you miss this visit, they’ll leave a slip to inform you of their inspection with a phone number so you can complete it. So don’t worry if you miss them! After the inspection, you’ll only hear from them if there’s a discrepancy between the information you provided and what the inspector saw.

Now that you can see how simple it is to register your address in Milan, you’ll need to find the perfect place to register! Find your ideal neighbourhood in Milan and enjoy la dolce vita.

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