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How to apply for e-residency?

27.03.2015

What is e-residency?

The Republic of Estonia is the first country in the world to offer e-residency. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for the secure digital identity provided by the Estonian government – to gain secure access to digital services, to get anything and everything done digitally (sign all documents, launch and manage companies, do banking, encrypt files, etc.).

An Estonian e-resident is foreigner for whom Estonia has created a digital identity and issued a digital identity card. The e-resident's card is a state-issued digital document that can only be used in the electronic environment in order to identify the person and to give digital signatures.

You can find more information on e-residency on the e-estonia homepage.


How to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card?

The easiest way is to apply online.

While in Estonia, it is possible to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card through the Police and Border Guard Board. You can find more information on the application procedure on the Police and Border Guard Board homepage.

It is possible to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card also through Estonia's foreign representations or by post.


How to apply for an e-resident's digital ID card at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki?

Documents required to apply at the Embassy:

  • an application form (possible to fill in on a computer screen or to print out  to fill in by own hand;
  • the applicant's valid identity document;
  • a colour photo measuring 40x50mm. Read more
  • a state fee of 100 EUR for processing the application, can only be paid by bank card;
  • a written explanation in free form (in English, Russian or Estonian), stating the user's  intentions regarding the digital ID and the circumstances of its use.
In order to apply at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki you need to book an appointment with a consul either by phone 09 622 0288 (9.00-15.00) or on the internet.
The application period is about 4 weeks at the Embassy.


Issue of an e-resident's digital ID card


The application is processed by the Police and Border Guard Board, who will perform a background check and make a decision regarding the granting (or refusal) of the e-resident's digital ID.

In the case of a decision to grant e-residency, the e-resident's digital ID card, card reader and PIN codes will be sent to the place of issue, selected when the application was submitted.

The digi-ID must be picked up personally and the applicant must bring his or her passport.
Consular Section's opening hours are:
Mon, Tue, Wed 13.00-16.00 and Thu, Fri 10.00-13.00.

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