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Documents needed to buy a car in Italy

Posted on August 28th, 2023

by Adriana ruiz


Buying a car is an exciting endeavor, and in Italy, it comes with its own set of necessary documents to ensure a smooth and legally compliant transaction. Whether you’re a resident or a newcomer to the country, understanding the essential paperwork required can save you time and headaches. Let’s delve into the documents needed to purchase a car in Italy.

1. Certificate of Residence

One of the foundational documents you’ll need is the certificate of residence. To purchase a car in Italy, you must be a legal resident of the country. This certificate validates your residential status, affirming your eligibility to engage in various activities, including buying a vehicle. It’s a confirmation that you’re an integral part of the Italian community and are adhering to the local laws.

2. Identity Document

Your identity is crucial when buying a car, and for that, you’ll need a valid identity document. This could be your identity card, passport, or an Italian driving license. The chosen document serves as a proof of your identity and helps establish your personal credentials as the potential owner of the vehicle. It’s a way to confirm that you are who you say you are, an essential step in any legal transaction.

3. Fiscal Code

The fiscal code, often referred to as the “codice fiscale,” is a unique alphanumeric identifier that is a fundamental part of financial and administrative processes in Italy. This code is assigned to individuals for tax purposes, making it an indispensable requirement when purchasing a car. It not only verifies your tax compliance but also streamlines the vehicle registration process and allows authorities to maintain accurate records.

In conclusion, having these documents ready before buying a car ensures a lawful and hassle-free experience for a successful purchase. Familiarize yourself with these prerequisites, and you’ll be all set to smoothly navigate through the paperwork side of owning a car.

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