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We are pleased to inform you that starting from January 4, 2024, bookings for appointments for the issuing of electronic identity cards (CIE) at the General Consulate of Italy in San Francisco will open on an experimental basis, using the Prenot@Mi platform. The first available appointment will be on January 23, 2024.

The CIE is a personal identification document valid for identification and circulation in the European Union, in some states adhering to the Schengen agreement (e.g. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and in other states with which bilateral agreements have been concluded (see individual “Country cards” on the website The CIE CANNOT be used to leave the United States of America.

The Electronic Identity Card can be issued exclusively to Italian citizens regularly residing in the consular district of the General Consulate of Italy in San Francisco, who are already registered in the consular register and whose personal data are already present in the A.I.R.E. database (Register of Italians Resident Abroad) of the Ministry of the Interior (ANPR).

The document is not issued at sight on the day of the appointment: the activity carried out by the Consular Office will consist in the collection of biometric data for the purposes of producing the CIE. The CIE is produced by the State Printing and Mint Institute and subsequently sent, by registered mail paid by Poste Italiane, to the residence address (or delivery address) indicated by the applicant. The compatriot will be able to follow the shipment independently online, using the tracking code. The Consulate General is not responsible for any shipping problems, for which it is necessary to contact Poste Italiane.

For the cost of the CIE and related payment methods, visit the Consular Fees section.

For further details on the CIE, visit the specific section of the website of this Consulate General.

At this link it is possible to see a video containing information on the CIE.