The self-certification (autocertificazione, dichiarazione sostitutiva) is a declaration made by a citizen regarding his or her own interests, about facts or personal qualities necessary for the public administration or a public employee to know about.
Self-certifications must be used in dealings with the public administration and with those entities authorised to provide public services.
By law (law 183 of 12/11/2011) the public administration, and private providers of public services, cannot ask for or accept certificates, which must always be replaced by self-certifications.
They can not, however, be used in dealings between private individuals, except if the latter agree to it at its discretion, or officially before a judicial authority acting in its jurisdictional capacity.
Requests and declarations presented to the Public Administration may also be sent via fax or e-mail.