Italy extends expired residence permits, ID cards and driving licenses

Italy extends expired residence permits, ID cards and driving licenses
Italian police check drivers' documents at a road checkpoint. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
If your Italian residence permit, identity card or driving license is due to expire during the quarantine period, here's what you need to know.

It's currently impossible to renew many official documents, such as ID cards and driving licenses, while Italy is under lockdown and many offices remain closed.

Under new emergency measures, the validity of these documents will be automatically extended, the government has announced.

The updated national emergency decree on March 23 included the provision that all types of identity documents will remain valid until August 31, 2020 .

The extension is automatic and applies to all identity documents expired or expiring from March 17 onwards.

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All certificates and permits (including permessi di soggiorno, or residence permits), licenses and authorisations set to expire between January 31 and April 15 will remain valid until June 15, 2020.

For the residency permit, renewal application “can be submitted after 15 June 2020,” according to the Italian state police website.

For driving licenses, the extension “also applies to those issued by a European Union State whose holder has since acquired residence in Italy.”

The validity of car insurance policies expiring before 31 July 2020 will also be automatically extended for 30 days, accoding to the police website.

Italy is set to extend the existing quarantine rules until “at least” mid-April, the health minister confirmed on Monday.


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