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So I got a fine from when I was in Italy in a rented car. It happened in Parma, and I was directed by the letter to their website. There I can see two choices of online payment, by credit card or bank transfer. The credit card payment needs me to have an italian fiscal code, so I think I have to go with a bank transfer. However, I am not sure what to put in the transfer title, so that it gets processed correctly. Does anyone have a similar experience and can help me with advice?

I live in Poland, so I am in EU but not in eurozone.

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    I checked your link but found no notion at first sight that you need a fiscal code. However note that you can easily obtain your fiscal code, e.g. here: professionegiustizia.it/calcoli/calcolo_codice_fiscale_estero - unlike e.g. social security numbers, it is not assigned (unless in rare cases) but computed from your name and date and place of birth. – mts Jan 4 at 21:23
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    As I said, you do not really obtain it, rather you should see it more as something you always had, you just only learn about it now. However you should make sure there is a different way they can link your payment to you, e.g. a case number or license plate number + date. If this already solves your question, I will post this as an answer. – mts Jan 4 at 21:29
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    @mts: That description is not entirely consistent with en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_fiscal_code_card which states that even though there is an algorithm for deriving a default code for a person, the code may need to be changed by the tax authorities to prevent two different people from having the same code. – Henning Makholm Jan 4 at 21:43
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    @DJClayworth cheques are incredibly out-of-fashion in Italy (as in many other European countries, with the fancy exception of France). The linked website lists four payment options but not cheques. Someone in their collection office would need to make a huge manual effort for this and I find it unlikely to be a practical way. – mts Jan 4 at 21:50
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    @mts yes, the form in the link to credit card payment first asks for case number and license plate. I think this solves my question, thank you! – Dunno Jan 4 at 22:02
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It seems the only thing that keeps you from paying by credit card is a fiscal code (codice fiscale). Very strictly speaking this code is assigned to you by the Italian tax authorities, but as a practical matter it is easily derived from your name and date and place of birth. Many websites offer this, e.g. this one does so for people born abroad (make sure to enter the Italian name of your country of birth). In rare cases when two people have the same codice fiscale, the code would need to be adjusted, but this should not be a concern to you as you state that you are also stating your case number and license plate.

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There is some (cryptical) reference or file number in the letter that you received (most probably on the top of the letter and doubled as bar code). Put that number into the transaction title.

(that was what I did and the fine was fine).

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