PEC: what is it, why should you need a PEC address, and how to get one

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    I had no idea of the PEC account system and was struggling to pay my water bills. David has made this process so simple and transparent, giving me clear instructions and guidance. I am delighted that i can now manage my own water bills using this system, it is so more secure and reliable.
    Many thanks to #David for his considerate and informed advise…and his patience.

    • David

      Hi Nick,
      Thank you for your nice comment.

      I’m happy to read that your pec address makes it easier for you to pay your bills. A pec address is very useful indeed.

      Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you.


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    As a non-resident seeking dual citizenship, I had not heard of a PEC account or why I would need one. David clearly explained the important reasons why and then set me up with a new PEC email address. The process was quick, easy, and professional. I intend to use David’s services for all things Italian as I become an Italian citizen. It is very comforting to know that I have David and his expertise to help me navigate Italian government processes and other matters of Italian citizenship with which I have no familiarity. We’ve all heard of the difficulties and delays in working with the Italian authorities, and its great to have David on my side helping me with such matters. Thanks, David!

    • David

      Dear John,
      Thank you for your very nice comment.

      It only took a few days to open your pec account.

      Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

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    For non-resident requiring PEC email account I found David help and assistance invaluable.
    Process with David was smooth and straigthforward.
    Thank’s a lot David I can now continue with my neccessary actions where I need PEC email account.

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    Could we send to a PEC Email using any other email Provider to -> Could we do that ?
    Also could we use a third party provider like mailchimp or mailgun to send such emails to PEC emails

    • David

      Dear Abhishek,
      In order for your message to have legal value, you will need to send a PEC message from your Italian PEC address to another Italian PEC address (Italian public administration, citizens, private companies etc.), so not from a gmail account for example.

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    David was extremely efficient and helpful to create the PEC account for our company in Switzerland. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    Rolf Keller

    • David

      Dear Rolf,
      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you (for example if you need assistance with the digital signature).


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    Hi. How many characters could a PEC address have ? We are getting ready to store the PEC address in our systems if required and want to know the max number of characters it could be . Is there a limit ?

    • David

      I am not sure I understood your question and case (number of characters? store a pec address in a system?).
      A pec address generally reflects the name of the person or of the company that “owns” it. However, if you have a technical question you should ask your provider to be sure that you get the exact answer you need.

      Thank you

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    I am Fanny from china, I contact with David last friday to decide apply a pec mail, sumbit document this monday. Today is Wednesday, i already go my pec mail, so efficient!He is always ready to help,Thanks.

    • David

      Hi Fanny,
      Thank you for your nice comment.

      Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you.


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    I need to apply a post – postdoctoral program in Italy
    i have to send my application to
    i can only send my application using certified email (PEC in Italy)
    I am from india.
    How can i create such account? which agent provides free or low cost of such services?
    Kindly reply me

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    I am from India, Can i oper PEC account? I am not Italian, I am nowhere connected with Italy.
    I need to send an application for my postdoctoral study.

    • David

      Dear Vijaya,
      Please confirm that you have received my emails.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you,

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    David was very helpful & provided step by step assistance to obtain a PEc account in a short period of time. I would highly recommend him

  11. I am wondering if I can send an e-mail from my regular gmail account to a PEC e-mail. I know it will not be equivalent to a registered letter, but is it going to be at least delivered? possibly read? Or only PEC e-mail can write to PEC e-mail? Thanks a lot.

    • David

      It depends on the recipient. It is not 100% guaranteed that the recipient will actually receive it because he/she could activate an option that prevents the system from receiving ordinary emails.


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    Posta elettronica certificata per Bulgaria.

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    Vorrei acquistare una posta PEC certificata, la mia azienda è registrata con IVA in Bulgaria, sono anche un cittadino bulgaro e non ho un indirizzo registrato in Italia. Possiedo un’azienda di trasporti che lavora principalmente con l’Italia e chiedo assistenza per l’acquisto di PEC.

    • David

      Gentile Milena,
      Le abbiamo inviato la nostra risposta questa mattina alle ore 11.20 ma il suo indirizzo email non risulta corretto. Le chiediamo cortesemente di inviarci una nuova richiesta questa volta con un indirizzo email corretto dove poterle rispondere. Le risponderemo quanto prima indicandole come può fare per aprire una casella pec a nome della sua azienda.

      Le consiglio di inviarci la richiesta velocemente.


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    we´re new in Italy and so we´re getting to know the country and all the rules. Finally we´re able to receive e/mails in PEC (since we have a Partita IVa etc,.). But now we’re not able to read the attachments… we will need a download for that. That’s fine, but we don’t know wich program to download…
    Can you help us?

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    I found the information very useful and really appreciate your efforts. Besides, I am applying for a postdoc position at an Italian University and need to send the information through an Italian certified email address. However, I tried creating one such account and was unsuccessful. In this regard, kindly seek your assistance in finding an appropriate solution at the earliest.

    Best regards,

    • David

      Dear Vinay,
      Please confirm that you have received my email.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thank you,

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    Hi David,

    Very useful information here re PEC, thank you so much!
    Just subscribed to your Newsletter.
    Can you please tell me what a Codice Destinatario is please and it’s significance?


    • David

      Dear Stewart,
      From January 1, 2019, invoices will have to be issued in electronic format (e-invoices), except in certain specific cases. The “codice destinatario” or “codice univoco” is a seven-digit alphanumeric code that is needed for receiving and sending electronic invoices through the Sistema di Interscambio dell’Agenzia delle Entrate (Inland Revenue’s Interchange System). In order to obtain the codice univoco, the interested party must register with the Revenue Agency or purchase the services offered by an intermediary.


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    Hi David – thank you so much for your prompt assistance in opening a PEC email account for me as a resident of Australia. Everything went very smoothly and the account was up and running within 24 hours of providing you with all the required information. I will be in contact soon seeking your further assistance with other matters e.g. bank account. Highly recommended!



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    In order to send electronic invoices to our customers we want to check the PEC-address on beforehand.
    Is there a web service available to check the existence and validity of a PEC-address?

    Same question on the codice destinatario ?

    Kind regards,

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    Story case : I have to set-up an answer for a public tender call in Italy. The procedure required to get a activated mail address. I struggled during 3 weeks with ARUBA.IT. I founded the VADEMECUM assistance site.
    Apply for my request and David answered me very quickly. Explain me well the procedure and cost. I paid and that’s it. Less than 24 hours I get my mail account.

    To conclude I strongly advice to use VADEMECUM for closing process.
    I have required also other questions and David replied me gently.
    Gret business to deal with
    Highly recommended
    Jean-Marc Bélouard
    Biodesy USA

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    David was contacted as our company needed a e mail account to conduct business with an Italian company. We found David responsive and extremely quick. We got our account in days. We can not recommend VADEMECUM highly enough. Brilliant service

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    Hi David, I am a US citizen interested in obtaining Italian citizenship.
    Can I, as a US resident get a PEC account?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi David, I am a US citizen but have dual citizenship in Italy because both of my parents are Italian. I have two children and I completed all the paperwork and the Italian Consulate have confirmed that my children are now dual citizens as well. My wife wants to be a dual citizen as well through marriage. I have already sent in the marriage certificate so I can be recorded in my comune and the Italian Consulate has confirmed that as well. I am in the process of helping my wife complete the initial application online and it requires a PEC. I am interested in knowing the cost to obtain one and have some further questions about your fees. I would appreciate if you could contact me.


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    Dear David,

    I need urgently a pec mail, i have to send my documents to an Italian university tomorrow. Am i so late? Please inform me as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

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    Dear David,

    I am a Turkish citizen and I need urgently a pec e-mail to send my documents to the University of Turin tomorrow. I hope I am not too late to open a pec account. Can you help me to get one.

    Thank you.

    Sehnaz Sismanoglu

    • David

      I sent you an email.

      I look forward to your kind reply,

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    Thank you again for your invaluable help is securing me a unique certified email address. I had been trying for days to discover a) what one was and b) how to obtain one. Then I came across your web site and the rest was, as they say, history.

    Thank you again.

    Kind regards

    Brendan Hafferty

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    Dear David,
    I get an admission in university of spenzia Italy,after submitting my DOV (deceleration of value) the university foreign student Department send me email in which Scholar ship were announced so as i proceed through there give link there are required information for confirmation in which they want my VAT number,PEC and Fiscal Code although i know my fiscal code but what are PEC and VAT number
    i have to Submitt my document before 30th may 2019, so kindly asses my queries and help me it will be very appreciable.
    Thank you

    • David

      Dear Subaiyyal,
      VAT I imagine you are referring to the Italian “Partita IVA”, which is a fiscal code of a Company or a professional (lawyers etc.). I don’t know your case so I am not sure if you have or should have one.

      PEC is a certified email. please read the guide above. I will send you an email shortly to let you know how you can open a pec account.

      Thank you,

  27. Dear David,

    Need to participate in Italian public tender. I represent an Irish registered entity. I’m giving up registering with the providers you mention in your text as they do not seem to be equipped for English speaking registration over the web. Can you assist?

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    Like many others, I am having trouble finding a PEC provider that will let someone with a non Italian mailing address and phone number sign up. I do am completing citizenship form application for my wife and need a PEC. Please advise.

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    we are a company from Poland, we are not able to activate the PEC certificate, we do not have the Italian P.IVA, we can not enter the city of birth. I am asking for help when activating the certificate.

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    Hello, I have to create a PEC email, but I’m not from Italy, I live in Brazil and I wanted to send an email to Italy asking for documents from my lineage, how can I get it? I am desperate and in need of help.

    • David

      I sent you an email one minute ago.

      Please confirm.

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    David has provided a very efficient service to open a PEC account and to configure it.
    I highly recommend his services.

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    Hi I live in Canada and my family members in Italy Need me to send them a pec can I do it from my regular email address

    • David

      Dear Liana,
      You need a pec address. If you send an ordinary email (gmail, yahoo etc.) to a pec address, the system may reject the email or even if it is delivered it will not have the same legal value of a pec to pec.

      Let me know if you need assistance with the opening of a pec account.

      Thank you,

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    Hello David

    Thank you very mch for the PEC explanation. I would like to open a PEC address so that I can apply for ErGO grant for my university studies. Your assistance is greatly needed. I am not an Italian citizen and I am in need of a pec address to complete my application.

    Thank you

    • David

      We have been chatting via whatsapp so I know you have your answer.

      Thank you,

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    Hi David,

    I am in the US, trying to apply for dual citizenship. I sent emails, in italian, to the Comune di Borgia and Catanzaro for my grandmother’s birth certificate. All come back undeliverable. Of course, the comuni use only pec!

    Can I set up a pec from outside of Italy, or use a third party pec, to email them? I will be traveling to Vietre sul Mare and Borgia in July, but want to have all paperwork in place, beforehand, if I can.

    Thank you!

    • David

      Please check your email.

      Thank you,

    • David

      I saw that you also sent me an email and thus I answered your request via email.


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    David was great and very fast in providing me and my husband (both nationals from different EU countries) a PEC account, since we need to send over some documents to the Italian court.
    Many Thanks David for your support!

    • David

      Thank you, Nefeli.

      Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you.


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    Excellent job. Fast, complete. What normally takes days you did it in a couple of hours.
    Thanks a lot

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    Thank you very much, David. As a non-italian EU resident I needed a pec account in order to communicate with Italian organisations and you were of excellent help and assistance. It took only a couple of hours to arrange everything and get a pec account and e-mail address.
    You work very efficient and adequate.
    Best regards,

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    I got my pec mail quickly! It works!

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    Dear David,
    Thank you so much for helping me getting an Italian PEC email adress.
    It took less than one day after sending my data. Now I am able to communicate with an Italian court.
    Best regards,

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    Hi David,
    I need to help to create a PEC account, since I’m a Brazilian trying to apply for dual citizenship and I have no Codice Fiscale.
    Thank you!

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    I need to obtain a PEC email address, but I live the USA and the provider sites I have tried expect an Italian postal address. Can you recommend a provider for people who live in the USA but need a PEC email address? Thank you.


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