Italy is renewing expired residence permits, ID cards and driving licences while the country is under lockdown due to the coronavirus.

The Local reports the validity of these documents will be automatically extended under the country’s emergency measures.

According to the government, the validity of all identity documents will be extended automatically until 31 August. This applies to all documents that have expired on or after 17 March.

All certificates, permits (including permessi di soggiorno or residence permits), licences and authorisations that expire between 31 January and 15 April will remain valid until 15 June 2020.

For the residence permit, an extension application can be submitted after 15 June.

For driving licences, the extension includes “those issued by a State of the European Union whose holder is since then established in Italy.”

Car insurance policies which expire before 31 July will also be automatically renewed for 30 days.

Italy’s Ministry of Health said the country is set to extend the existing quarantine rules until “at least” mid-April.

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