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How to check if a certified e-mail is active: You must send documents to a PEC address that was provided to you some time ago, but you suspect that this is no longer active. Don’t worry: if you want, I can explain to you how to check if the address in question is still active, with this guide dedicated entirely to the subject.

In the following lines, in fact, I will go to point out you how to check if a certified e-mail is active using online services specifically designed for the purpose in question. I anticipate, however, that they are functional only if the PEC refers to companies, professionals or entities of the Public Administration. As regards, however, the PEC addresses of private citizens, things get a little more complicated, as there are no public databases that can be freely consulted by everyone, consequently you have to go groping a bit, relying on the power of the engines. research and social networks.

That said, I would suggest you do not delay any longer and immediately take action. So get yourself comfortable, take a few free minutes just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading what is reported below. I sincerely hope that, in the end, you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned.

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the topic and then going to find out which tools you can use for check if a certified e-mail is activeit seems only right to deepen the discussion I mentioned at the beginning of the guide.

First of all, I want to clarify that the PEC (acronym for “Certified electronic mail”) is a tool that allows you to send and receive emails having the same legal value as a registered letter with return receipt. It is, therefore, a particularly useful resource for sending communications to Public Administration entities, companies, professionals or private citizens who need proof of sending / receiving and the security of the sender’s and recipient’s identity. For further information, I refer you to reading my specific tutorial on the subject.

Having said that, as I told you before, understanding if a PEC is really existing and functioning is feasible, but only on condition that this refers to professions and businesses or to an office or body of the Public administration. In these cases, in fact, the data in question can be publicly consulted, so finding out if a PEC is valid or not is quite simple.

As regards, however, i private citizensa list of certified e-mail addresses should be contained in theNational Register of Resident Populationbut it concerns only those who have indicated a certified e-mail address as their digital home and is accessible only by Public Administrations, managers and operators of public services.

For the rest, unfortunately, there are no public lists through which you can find out who owns a specific certified e-mail address, which is why finding out if a PEC is really active or not can be much more difficult … but not impossible! In this case, in fact, to find out more, it might be enough to use search engines or, again, social networks: I will talk about it in more detail shortly.

How to check if a certified e-mail is active

As I told you, checking if a PEC is active is feasible, but the reliability of the result is certain only when the address belongs to professions, businesses to entities of the Public administration. For the private citizensunfortunately you have to go “by trial and error”: you will find everything explained below.

Professionals and companies


As regards the certified e-mail addresses of professions and businessesyou can check if the account you are interested in is actually active by contacting INI PEC: a site sponsored by the Ministry for Economic Development that allows you to search for the certified email addresses of professionals and companies and to check the latter by going back to their respective owners.

To use it, connect to website of the service and select the tab Professionalsor that Businesses, depending on the type of address you intend to verify. Then type the PEC address of your interest in the field adjacent to the wording PEC addresscheck the box I am not a robotpass the check to prove you are a “human” and click on the button Search PEC Professionista / Impresawhich is located at the bottom.

If the PEC address entered is actually valid, you will be shown all the data of its holder, such as tax code, professional category, Province of origin, registration number for the order, etc.

If, on the other hand, the address is not valid, you will see an error message. In this case, if you know the data of the person or company to which the PEC address should refer, you can try to retrieve the correct e-mail using the other search fields on the INI PEC home page, relating to the name, surname, tax code, etc.

Public administration


Do you want to check if a PEC relating to an entity of the Public administration is it still active? In this case, you can rely on the service available on the website IPA (Index of Public Administrations), which, as the name implies, allows you to discover the contact details of the Italian Public Administrations.

To use it, go to the home page of the siteclick the checkbox For digital home and type the address you want to find out about the holder in the field below the wording Digital domicile, which you should see appear. Then click on the button Search for and within a few moments you will be shown the result of the search carried out.

If the search shows that the PEC address entered is active, you can view all the information relating to the entity or office to which it belongs by clicking on the icons placed next to his name.

If, on the other hand, the search gave a negative result, for which the PEC address you entered is not really active, you can try to find the correct one by returning to the home page of the service, by clicking on the box relating to the category, at the geographical area, alphabetical search etc., by typing (or selecting) the necessary search terms and pressing the button Search for.

Private citizens

Screenshot showing how to search for a certified e-mail on Google

Now let’s move on to private citizens: as mentioned in the previous lines, there are no lists of private PECs that can be freely consulted to check whether an address is active or not. In this case, therefore, it is possible to try to do some research on the Net using tools such as search engines and social networks: for more information, read on.

  • Google – many users are used to make their contact details public on Internet sites, forums, etc. If you’re lucky, you may be able to get the information you need in just a few clicks by doing a Google search. So, go to the home page of the famous search enginetype the email address of your interest in the appropriate field, press the button Enter on the keyboard and try to see if among the various results there is some reference to the PEC or its holder.
  • PeekYou – a totally free online service that allows you to find the details made public on the Internet by users, therefore also any PEC addresses. To use it, go to hers home pageselect the tab Usernametype the certified e-mail address of your interest in the field below and press the button with the magnifying glass. In the new page that will open, you can then consult any search results.
  • Facebook – you can also try to search on Facebook. Many people, in fact, have the habit of making their contact details public on the social network, in order to be even more easily traceable. So, connect to the social network home page (if you want to act as a computer) or start the Facebook app for Android or iOS (from smartphone and tablet), log in to your account (if necessary), type the PEC address of your interest in the search bar located at the top and enter Enter. If any user has associated the aforementioned e-mail address with their account, you will see it appear in the search results.

How to check the status of a PEC

Girl using the PC

You ended up on this guide of mine with the intent of check the status of your PEC mailbox? No problem, now I’ll tell you how to do it.

Let’s start from a fundamental point: all PEC addresses have one expiration, usually annual. If they are not renewed or, better said, if the payment is not made in order to continue using them, they are closed from the reference service becoming, therefore, inaccessible by the owner and useless for those who try to send communications to the latter (in as disabled).

To renew the PEC and prevent it from expiring, you must connect to the website of the service to which the certified mailbox belongs, carry out the login with your details, click on button or on the entry for the renewal of the PEC present in the box management screen and proceed with the renewal, providing the data to make the payment.

Unfortunately, I cannot be more precise in my indications, as I am not aware of the certified e-mail service you use. In any case, if it can help you, below you will find the links to the support pages of the main PEC services, where you can find useful information in this regard.

Before a PEC address expires, usually, some notification email to the traditional email address provided for receiving communications. Additionally, many services offer a Automatic Renewal which makes the manual renewal of the mailbox superfluous.