Self-certification: guide to understand what it is and what documents to use it

In the year 2000, due to an incomprehensible bureaucracy, in order to facilitate the difficult relationship of the citizens with the Public Administration, or at least try to do so, regulations were issued, including the D.P.R. nr.445, and one of the great novelties of these regulations was self-certification, that is a declaration by which a citizen “certifies himself” all the data that are reported in the corresponding certificates, such as the birth certificate , of residence, and have the same legal value, with this guide to self-certification you will understand what it is and when to use it.

Self-certification is an opportunity not to be forgotten, to speed up paperwork

As we said, self-certification is the right granted to citizens to present their own status and personal requirements, replacing the traditional certifications required, by means of correct declarations signed and signed by the person concerned.

Self-certification is an opportunity not to be forgotten, when you want to speed up a practice, because it replaces the certificates without having to deliver the actual certificate, and it is necessary for the public administration to accept them, obviously reserving the possibility of a possible check or verification in case of reasonable doubts about the truthfulness of their content.

Remember that to present a self-certification to the offices of public offices, you will need to download and complete the form provided.

Self-certification a guide to understand what it is and what documents to use it

The forms for self-certification can be recovered from all the public administrations that will also have to provide for their updating, it is in the absence of the necessary forms, it will be possible to self-certify on plain paper.

Remember that in any case and always, even in the case of simple paper, the forms must also contain the reference to the penal sanctions provided for – art. 26 L.15 / 68, and also the information on the processing of personal data art. 10 L. 675/96.

Self-certification is a document signed by the interested party itself, produced in place of normal certifications, proving the following statuses, personal qualities and facts, and this is the documents on which to use it:

  • date and place of birth;
  • Residence;
  • Citizenship;
  • Enjoyment of civil and political rights;
  • State of unmarried, married, widowed or free state;
  • family status;
  • Existence in life;
  • Birth of the child, death of the spouse, of the ascendant or descendant;
  • Registration in registers, in lists kept by public administrations;
  • Belonging to professional orders;
  • academic qualifications, exams taken;
  • professional qualification possessed, specialization title, qualification, training, updating and technical qualification;
  • Income or economic situation also for the purpose of granting benefits of any kind under special laws;
  • Fulfillment of specific contributory obligations with the indication of the amount paid;
  • Possession and number of the fiscal code, VAT number and any data present in the archive of the tax register;
  • Unemployment status;
  • Retired quality and retirement categories;
  • Student quality;
  • Qualities of legal representative of natural or legal persons, guardian, trustee and similar;
  • Registration with associations or social groups of any kind;
  • All situations concerning the fulfillment of military obligations, including those attested in the service status sheet;
  • Not having criminal convictions and not being the recipient of provisions concerning the application of preventive measures, civil decisions and administrative measures registered in the criminal record in accordance with current legislation;
  • Not to be aware of being subjected to criminal proceedings;
  • Quality of life borne;
  • All data directly known to the interested party contained in the registers of civil status;
  • Not to be in a state of liquidation or bankruptcy and not having applied for composition with creditors.

The substitutive declaration of certification cannot be used to present documents or deeds to the judicial authority.

What is not self-certified?

The following documents are not substitutable with the self-certification forms:

  • medical, health, veterinary certificates
  • certificates of origin and compliance with EU standards
  • Patents and trademarks

Who can make the substitutive declarations?

They can do self-certification:

  • Italian citizens;
  • European Union citizens;
  • Citizens of non-EU countries holding a valid residence permit, limited to data attestable by Italian public administrations.

What is the responsibility of those who make a self-certification?

Remember that every citizen is responsible for what he declares on a self-certification form, the administrations obviously give him confidence but at the same time they could, as mentioned above, carry out checks on the correspondence to the truth of the self-certifications, and in the event of a false declaration the citizen is necessarily reported to the judicial authority, it is possible to incur a criminal conviction and obviously lapses from any benefits obtained with self-certification.