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How to open a certified e-mail: Among the requests that are made to me most often, there are certainly those concerning the creation of tutorials on how to open a PEC , that is a certified e-mail box. On the basis of the requests of my readers, I have found that this is a subject that is easy to get confused about.

Is the PEC free? How to use? Do I have to download special programs to receive and send emails? Given the frequency of questions similar to these, I decided to dedicate this tutorial to the certified mailbox. If, therefore, you want to clarify the subject, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time and continue reading.

In the next chapters, in fact, I will provide you with all the information you need and I will show you what are the services that allow you to open a PEC, some of which can be tried for free. Don’t worry if you feel you are not particularly expert in the field of technology: opening a PEC is within everyone’s reach, since it is a service also aimed at private citizens, not just companies. All the details to follow!


What is a PEC and what it is used for

Certified Electronic Mail ( PEC ) is an electronic mail tool with which you can send and receive emails. Unlike a normal Webmail service, such as Gmail or Outlook, emails sent and received via PEC have the same legal value as a registered letter with return receipt : it is, therefore, a very useful tool for communicating on the road. official with public bodies, companies and private citizens for any type of communication to be sent with legal value.

Having a certified e-mail box is, at the present time, an obligation only for companies (which must enter their address in the Register of Companies) and for freelancers enrolled in an association or board. In any case, I believe that this certified electronic mail service is also useful for ordinary citizens, given the legal value of the emails invited and received: in fact, to open a certified email as a private person, you do not need to have a VAT number.

When does a certified email cost?

When does a certified email cost?

Let’s now move on to another important premise, namely the cost of the PEC. I would particularly like to clarify this point since, contrary to what many think, the PEC is not free .

Some time ago there was a free Certified Mail service: it was the Certified Mail @ , a service that allowed you to communicate only with the offices of the Public Administration. However, the service was suspended in December 2014, due to poor use by those in possession.

At the present time, the PEC is a paid service , but I want to clarify that it is not a particularly expensive service. There are, in fact, several private Web service managers who sell a Certified Electronic Mail at a cost of a few euros per year. It is therefore possible to open a personal PEC while keeping costs limited.

Also, know that there are numerous PEC providers that allow you to try their services for free for limited trial periods: in the next chapters I will talk about it more. However, keep in mind that, after the trial period has ended, you will need to pay a subscription to continue using the PEC.

How the PEC works

How the PEC works

On a practical level, the functioning of the PEC is quite similar to that of traditional mailboxes. The PEC can be viewed in the most famous desktop e-mail clients, thanks to its configuration with the more traditional  POP and  IMAP protocols .

In the event that you do not use a software for managing e-mail, keep in mind that you can easily use a PEC service also through the specific WebMail service of the PEC. In some cases, moreover, the PEC can also be used via a browser for mobile devices or via special apps, if available.

As regards, however, the system for sending validated emails, the PEC will carry out all the work and you will not have to carry out any manual procedure. In simple terms, when you send an e-mail message via PEC it will be taken over by your PEC manager, after which it will be taken over by the recipient’s manager and, if everything went right, verified and delivered.

You must also know that this type of checks and validations are carried out in a very short time; usually, when an email is sent via Certified Email, two notifications will be received shortly thereafter; one of these relates to the acceptance of the email and the other relates to the actual delivery of the message to the recipient.

How to open a certified e-mail

Having made all the necessary and important premises on the functioning of the PEC, in the course of the next chapters this tutorial will dedicate myself to explaining in detail how to open a PEC , listing the characteristics of the PEC services offered by different companies. You will see that, by carefully reading this guide, you will find the service that best suits your needs.

How to open an Aruba certified email

Aruba PEC

Among the best PEC services, the Aruba one is definitely worth mentioning . This company is already quite well known on the internet thanks to its hosting services.

The PEC services offered by Aruba are cheap, however it must be taken into account that there is no possibility of carrying out a trial period. Currently, in the price list there are the following plans for the purchase of a PEC mailbox.

  • Standard PEC  (5 euros + VAT per year for the first year, then 7.90 euros + VAT per year): included in the price are a 1GB mailbox and the possibility to access the PEC via the Aruba PEC Mobile application , available for free on mobile devices such as Android / iOS and iPadOS smartphones or tablets .
  • PEC Pro (25 euros + VAT per year): this subscription offers a 2GB PEC mailbox with 3GB of archive and SMS notifications included. The PEC service is accessible through the application just mentioned for Android and iOS / iPadOS.
  • PEC Premium (40 euros + VAT per year): it is the most expensive plan, but it includes a 2GB PEC mailbox with 8GB of storage space and SMS notifications. Even by subscribing to this subscription, it is possible to access the PEC through an application for mobile devices.

To open a PEC with Aruba connected to the official website of the service , choose the rate plan you want and press the Buy button . Then press the Continue button and complete the order , in order to register and make the payment, by pressing the Register and complete the order button . In case you need to configure the PEC via IMAP or POP, follow the instructions indicated at this link which refers to the official Aruba website.

How to open PEC Poste Italiane

PosteCert of Poste Italiane

Among the most subscribed PEC services there is also PosteCert of Poste Italiane . The PEC of Poste Italiane is a service designed mainly for private individuals, since it has some restrictions in its use, but there is also a Business variant. Going into more detail, PosteCert prices are as follows.

  • Basic PEC for individuals (5.50 euros + VAT per year): included in the price is a PEC box with 100MB of storage space. There is also a limit set at 200 for emails invited daily. As can be easily deduced, this service is dedicated to individuals.
  • PEC Base Business : this is the first subscription plan designed for Business users. There is in fact the possibility of obtaining 5 1GB PEC mailboxes. Each of them is limited by the ability to send 200 emails per day.
  • Advanced Business PEC : the superior subscription plan for Business users that includes all the services listed above of PEC Base Business. Added to these is the possibility of keeping all notices and receipts for emails.

The failure to indicate the prices of PEC Base Business and PEC Advanced Business is not due to my oversight: the companies concerned are required to personally inquire with the territorial commercial managers relating to the Business Market and the Public Administration, as the prices are not indicated. of PEC for business users.

If, on the other hand, you are a private user and you want to open a certified email via the Poste Italiane website, first connect to its  official website . Once this is done, click on the Buy Online button , in order to register on the Post Office website, in order to proceed with the payment.

Once you have purchased a PEC from the Poste Italiane website, you can obtain all the instructions necessary for configuring the PEC via POP or IMAP. The information regarding the PEC Base service for individuals can be found at this link which refers to the official website.

How to open a Libero PEC

free mail pec

In a guide in which I explain in detail everything about the PEC and the costs of the service, I could not forget to mention the Certified Electronic Mail service offered by Libero . In fact, I find it very interesting to talk to you about this service since the prices take into account different needs: both those of private citizens, and those of companies or freelancers. Below you will find the prices of MailPEC subscriptions .

  • Family PEC (€ 14.99 per year including VAT): this is an offer dedicated to individuals that includes a PEC mailbox with 1 GB storage space in the price with unlimited email sending.
  • PEC Unlimited (30 euros + VAT per year): this annual rate plan is dedicated to business users such as companies or freelancers. Included in the price there is again a PEC mailbox but the space for emails is unlimited.

To open a PEC by subscribing to the Libero service , you will need to connect to the company’s official website , choose the service that best suits your needs and confirm by pressing the Activate immediately button found on the company’s website. You will be redirected to the login page where you will need to log in with your Libero account or register one for free .

Do you need instructions to configure the PEC in an e-mail service? No problem: you can find all IMAP or POP configurations on this web page .

How to open a free certified e-mail

Would you like to open a PEC for free ? In this case, as anticipated, you can evaluate the proposals of the companies that offer free trial periods of their PEC mailboxes.

How to open a PEC Legalmail


The well-known company LegalMail allows you to subscribe to its PEC Silver service by trying it for free for 6 months. At the end of the trial period it is possible to choose whether to continue the subscription or to purchase a different plan among those proposed below.

  • PEC Bronze : at a cost of 25 euros + VAT per year, it allows you to obtain a 5 GB PEC, with security archive, SMS notifications and the possibility of using the service in a mobile version.
  • PEC Silver : at a cost of 39 euros + VAT per year, it allows you to obtain a 5 GB PEC with security archive, SMS notifications and the possibility of using the service in a mobile version.
  • PEC Gold : at a cost of 75 euros + VAT per year, it allows you to obtain a 15 GB PEC with security archive, SMS notifications and the possibility of using the service in a mobile version. In addition, it allows you to read BtoB invoices.

To be able to try the PEC Silver plan for free, connect to the official LegailMail website and press the Try for free button . Then, enter, in the text field dedicated to the verification of the domain name, the name of the PEC box you want and press the Verify button .

If available, continue with registering for the service, by pressing the Create an account button , in order to be able to enter in the database all the credentials necessary for the activation of the PEC (such as company name ,  tax code  or  VAT number ) and continue when subscribing to the trial service, following the instructions on the screen. The IMAP and POP3 configuration parameters can be found at this link .

How to open a PEC Register


The hosting and domains company also offers the subscription of certified e-mail services, some of which can be tried for free. In this regard, I indicate below what are the PEC services offered.

  • Agile PEC : allows you to get a 2GB PEC mailbox with security archive, unlimited daily emails and SMS notifications. The plan in question provides for a trial period of 6 months. At the end of the trial period the cost is € 33.90 per year + VAT.
  • Single PEC : this PEC plan that can be activated on a personal domain allows you to obtain a 3GB or 5GB PEC mailbox, offering the same technical characteristics as the Agile PEC plan. Prices start at € 34 per year.

That said, if you want to try the Agile PEC service for free, connect to the official Register website and press the Activate for free button . Once this is done, accept the conditions of use, by placing the check mark on the item I declare to expressly accept the following clauses relating to the services purchased , and press the Proceed button .

To register for the service, he then indicates the data required for the activation of the PEC box such as, for example, company name ,  tax code  or  VAT number . Finally, press the Continue button again to continue with the free trial activation procedure for the PEC service, following the instructions on the screen. The configuration parameters can be consulted at this link on the official website. In case of non-renewal after the free trial, 9.90 euros must be paid.

Other PEC services

Other PEC services

Would you like to consider other plans for the purchase of a PEC? If so, I suggest you take a look at the other solutions listed below.

  • Virgilio PEC : it is an excellent PEC service available in Personal variant from 14.99 euros / year with 1GB of space and Infinity from 30 euros + VAT / year with unlimited space.
  • Kolst : this company offers the PEC Smart plan (5 euros + VAT per year for a 1 GB PEC), Domain 5 PEC (10 euros + VAT per year for a 5 GB PEC) and Domain 10 PEC (30 euro + VAT per year for a 10 GB PEC).
  • Netson : this hosting company offers the Basic PEC plan (10 € + VAT per year for a 1GB PEC), PEC Pro (50 € + VAT per year for a 2GB PEC and 3GB storage space GB) and PEC Top (€ 80 + VAT per year for a 2GB PEC and 8 GB storage space).