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Application for e-resident’s digital identity card
12/13/2019

What is it?

An e-resident is an alien to whom, as a benefit, Estonia has created a digital identity based on the identity of the country of nationality of the person and issued a digital identity card: e-resident's digital ID.

e-Resident's digital ID is a digital document that can only be used to identify a person and provide a digital signature in an electronic environment. e-Resident's digital-ID allows an alien to participate in pubic-law and private-law operations in Estonia regardless of her or his physical location.

e-Resident's digital ID does not grant the right to reside in Estonia. More information on residing and working in Estonia is available in the residence permit section.

e-Resident's digital ID may be granted to a person who has a justified interest in using the e-services of the Estonian state and who:

  • is an alien who does not have a residence permit or right of residence in Estonia
  • is not an alien who is staying in Estonia pursuant to the International Military Co-operation Act and holds a valid identity card or residence permit issued by the PBGB

e-Resident's digital ID is not granted to an Estonian citizen staying abroad who is entitled to an Estonian identity document.

e-Resident's digital ID-s issued since 1 May 2018 have a period of validity of five years.

More information is available on the e-Residency website (in English).

Conditions of use of certificates

ID helpline: +372 666 8888
Suspension of certificates: 1777 or +372 677 3377

Applying through e-service

Apply for the e-Resident's digital ID comfortably through the e-service. Instructions and the list of documents required for application are available on the e-Residency website (in English).

State fee
When applying for the e-Resident's digital ID, you need to pay a state fee of €100.

Documents required for application:

  • a copy of valid foreign travel document (a copy of a travel document of the country of nationality or of both sides of the European Union identity card)
  • a digital colour photo with a minimum size of 1,300 × 1,600 pixels and from 1-5 MB, and which may not be older than six months. See the requirements and recommendations for document photos
  • an explanation of the intention to use the digital ID and of the circumstances of its use. Submission of an explanation is not required from holders of a service or diplomatic identity card
  • if you are an employee of a foreign mission, you should also submit a service or diplomatic identity card when applying for e-Resident's digital ID

 

How much and how to pay?

When applying for e-Resident's digital ID, you need to pay a state fee of €100. When selecting Seoul (Republic of Korea), as the pick-up location of the document, you need to pay an additional service fee of €28.50 upon retrieving the document. When selecting Tokyo (Japan) or San Francisco (USA) as the pick-up location, you need to pay an additional service fee of €30 upon retrieving the document.

When applying for the e-Resident's digital ID through e-service, the state fee can be paid by credit card. After making the payment, be sure to click the "back to merchant" button in order to submit the application successfully.

Procedural time limit

The decision to issue or refuse to issue e-Resident's digital ID is taken within 30 days from the acceptance of the application for processing.

For clarification of the circumstances, the Police and Border Guard Board may extend the term of proceedings.

In order to avoid extending of the term of proceedings, make sure that when applying you provide all the required information, necessary documents, and a document photo that complies with the requirements.

Pick-up

E-Resident's digital ID is issued to the applicant at the Estonian service point or the Estonian embassy indicated on the application. In case of questions regarding the arrival and pick-up of a document, please contact the Estonian service point or the Estonian embassy to which the document has been ordered. Information about the Estonian embassies is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

E-Resident's digital ID can also be received through an external service provider at the following locations:

 

When selecting Seoul (Republic of Korea) as the pick-up location of the document, you need to pay an additional service fee of €28.50 upon retrieving the document. When selecting Tokyo (Japan) or San Francisco (USA) as the pick-up location, you need to pay an additional service fee of €30 upon retrieving the document. The service fee is paid in cash on site.

In order to pick up the e-Resident's digital ID, the e-resident needs to appear in person at the place of issue. It cannot be issued to a representative. Upon pick-up of the document, fingerprints are taken from the e-resident.

Upon pick-up of the e-Resident's digital ID, a valid foreign travel document needs to be submitted.

In order to change the pick-up location indicated on the application, a corresponding application needs to be submitted to the service or representation to which the document has been ordered. A state fee of €50 needs to be paid for changing the pick-up location between the Estonian embassies or from an Estonian embassy to an Estonian service point. More detailed information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If the original selection of the pick-up location is an external service provider (Tokyo; Seoul; San Francisco) and you applied after the 1st of April 2019 then changing of the pick-up location is not possible. To change the pick-up location, you have to apply for a new document.