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Identity documents
10/18/2018

Passport of the Estonian citizen is foremost a travel document that is issued to the Estonian citizens for crossing the state border. Passport can also be used as identification document.

An identification document or ID-card
is a mandatory identity document for citizens of Estonia. In addition to regular identification of a person, an ID-card can also be used for establishing one's identity in electronic environment and for giving one's digital signature. Within the European Union, an ID-card can be used by the citizens of Estonia as a travel document.

A mandatory identity document of a citizen of the European Union is also an identity card, also named as ID card. In addition to regular identification of a person, an ID-card can also be used for establishing one's identity in electronic environment and for giving one's digital signature. Identity card for the European Union citizen is a national and digital document for the European Union citizen permanently living or residing on the basis of the National Defense Act. The document is for internal identity-proofing and is not intended for crossing the border. 

NB! In case you have an ID card with a validity period of 10 years, which is still valid and you want to renew its certificates then we kindly ask you to use the nearest the Service Office.

With your ID-card you will receive personal @eesti.ee e-mail address, which is used by the state to send you important information. In order to use your @eesti.ee e-mail address, you have to forward it to your personal e-mail address using the State Portal eesti.ee. For more information, please visit the State Portal eesti.ee.

An alien’s passport is issued to an alien who holds valid permit of residence in Estonia and if it is established that the alien does not hold a travel document of a foreign country.

A residence card is a mandatory identity document of an alien who is residing permanently in Estonia on the basis of a valid residence permit or right of residence. In addition to regular identification of a person, a residence card can also be used for establishing one’s person in electronic environment and for giving one’s digital signature. NB! The identity cards issued to aliens earlier shall be valid until the expiry of their validity period.

Digital identification document or digi-ID is a digital document by means of which it is possible to establish one’s person in electronic environment and to give one’s digital signature. Holding of digi-ID is voluntary.

E-resident's digital identity card
or e-resident digi-ID is a digital document of an e-resident by means of which it is possible to establish one's person in electronic environment and to give one's digital signature.

Certificates of record of service on Estonian ships and seaman's discharge books
are issued to seafarers. The documents respond to requirements of the “Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention” of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).  

Travel document for refugee is a travel document that is issued to a refugee for crossing the state border.

Temporary travel document is issued to an alien staying in Estonia for single departure from Estonia and for return to Estonia.

More detailed information related to application and issuing of documents can be found in the rights-side menu of the page.