In the Service Office, please submit documents required for applying for the ID-card. The official will fill in the application questionnaire at the spot (no need to fill it in advance).
In order to apply in the foreign representation, please submit documents required for applying for the ID-card (filled questionnaire).
Please send documents required for application and copies of the original documents to the address:
Police and Border Guard Administration
You can apply for a ID-card and passport together by post, if less than 2 years have passed since applying for the previous passport and capturing fingerprints.
You can read more in detail about documents to be annexed to an application form here.
Conformity of a copy to an original document confirm by your name, signature and date on every page of the copy containing data.
You can apply for the ID-card by an e-mail, if you hold a valid ID-card.
You can apply for a ID-card and passport together by e-mail, if less than 2 years have passed since applying for the previous passport and capturing fingerprints, and if you hold a valid ID-card.
Sign all documents required for application digitally in one container. Digital colour photo (minimum size is 480х600 pixels) and specimen signature must be in .jpg format.
Send the signed container to an address email@example.com. The subject of an e-mail, please write: „Application for passport and/or ID-card“.
Instruction for saving and digital signing of the questionnaire.
Requirements to a photo
It must be possible to identify a person on the basis of a photo univocally.
- A person must be depicted at a photo:
- en face,
- having neutral expression and closed mouth,
- without headgear,
- with eyes open and look has to be directed towards camera lens.
- It has to be a colour photo, by size of 40 x 50 mm.
- Area between chin and top of head must form 70-80% of the vertical height of the photo.
- Glasses are allowed, if eyes are not covered by spectacle frames and there are no “gleams of light” from reflection of glasses.
- Photo has to be taken within 6 months before submitting an application.
- Hair may not cover face nor cause shades on face.
- Photo may not have fingerprints, scratches or any other defects on it.
- Colour gamma of the photo must have natural spectre (may not be overexposed nor underexposed).
- Background of the photo must be flat, mono-colour, of bright colour (commendatory colours are light blue, beige, light brown, light grey or white) and in contrast with colour of face and hair.
- Red-eye effect on the photo is not allowed are also its removal by means of the software is forbidden.
More detailed requirements set to the photo can be found in Government of the Republic of Estonia regulation.
Proportions of the taken photos can be compared by means of a template that can be found here. By printing of the template, we ask not to change the scale.
The document photo can be taken in the majority of Service Offices with the exception of Otepää and Elva.
Photo taken in a photo booth is digital and it can be used in all Service Offices, by applications sent by post or by e-mail within 14 days.
Photo can be taken in photo booth of the Service Office free of charge.
By applying for a document for a child being below the age of three years it is easier to take a photo by a photographer than in photo booth. If necessary, ask for additional information or assistance from customer service official.
The state fee can be paid:
- by bank transfer;
- in Service Offices by debit card (the holder of a debit card has to pay the bank's service charges. More precise information about bank service charges please contact your bank) or in cash;
- at embassies in cash.
|By applying for the ID-card||In Estonia||In foreign representation||Payment of the state fee|
|Starting from age of 15||24,28 €
||50 €||By bank transfer:
SEB PANK 10220034796011
DANSKE BANK 333416110002
NORDEA BANK 17001577198
Reference number: 2900081994
To details of payment it is necessary to write name of the procedure, name of the person and ID-code (if it exists) on behalf of whom you are paying the state fee
(for example: ID-card - Meeri Meri, 40302010000)
||6,39 €||10 €|
|ID-card in expedited order||44,73 €||Can not be applied for in foreign representation|
|By applying both for the ID-card and passport together||In Estonia||In foreign representation|
|Starting from age of 15||38,34 €
|Persons under 15 years of age;
Persons with moderate, severe or profound disability;
a person who has attained Estonian general pensionable age
|19,17 €||20 €
Payment by bank transfer from a bank located in a foreign country
When the state fee is paid from a bank located in a foreign state, then the receipt of the transferred sum on the recipient’s account may take 2 weeks. While effecting payment of the state fee from a bank located in a foreign country, it is necessary to know, in addition to the abovementioned, also BIC-code or SWIFT-code of the bank located in Estonia and international bank account number (IBAN) of the state fee account of the Ministry of Finance (Rahandusministeerium).
- BIC-code or SWIFT-code of SEB is EEUHEE2X
- BIC-code or SWIFT-code of Swedbank is HABAEE2X
- BIC-code or SWIFT-code of Danske Bank A/S Estonia Branch is FOREEE2X
- BIC-code or SWIFT-code of Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonia Branch is NDEAEE2X
International bank account numbers (IBAN) of the state fee account of the Ministry of Finance (Rahandusministeerium) are:
- SEB: EE 89 1010 2200 3479 6011
- Swedbank: EE 93 2200 2210 2377 8606
- Danske Bank A/S Estonia Branch: EE 40 3300 3334 1611 0002
- Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonia Branch: EE 701700017001577198.
The state fee, if you change the place of issuance of a document located in a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia, and if a document is issued via a foreign representation of an EU Member State
As of 01.01.2013, additional state fee needs to be paid:
- If the identity document that was ordered from a foreign representation, but the collection place of it has subsequently been changed and the issuing document already forwarded to the Estonian Representation or honorary consul to be issued by them;
- For the identity document issued via a representation of the European Union Member State.
State fee can be paid:
- by bank transfer;
- at a representation (for detailed information, whether the payment can be made either in cash or by bank card, you can get in your particular representation).
|State fee payment by bank transfer|
|Application for a change of the place of collection should be submitted to the representation from which the issuing document was originally ordered or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Additional state fee need not be paid if:
Ministry of Finance
The accounts of the beneficiary:
SEB PANK 10220034796011
NB! This reference number extends only to the following actions:
Reference number: 2900073643
Name of the operation should be added to the payment explanation (“state fee for the subsequently changed place of collection of the document” or “state fee for issuing the document via the representation of the European Union Member State”), the name and personal identification code of the applicant for the document.
|Collection of a document from a representation of the European Union Member State.
NB! A free-format application for collection of the identity document from a representation of the European Union Member State should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before applying for the document. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall ascertain whether the document can be collected from the convenient representation of the European Union Member State..
Making a payment by bank transfer from the bank established abroad, BIC or SWIFT code for the bank located in Estonia and the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) of the state fee account for the Ministry of Finance should be stated.
- SEB BIC or SWIFT code is EEUHEE2X
- Swedbank BIC or SWIFT code is HABAEE2X
IBAN numbers (International Bank Account Numbers) for the state fee accounts for the Ministry of Finance are
- SEB: EE 22 1010 2200 2769 0221
- Swedbank: EE 93 2200 2210 2377 8606
For further questions you can contact the service bureau of the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs either by telephone number +372 6377 440 or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Document annexed to an application that is issued in a foreign country has to be translated into Estonian, English or Russian and notarised certification of the translation is required.
The document needs to be certified with an apostille certificate (marginal note) or legalised, excl. in cases, if it has been issued by a country:
- with which Estonia has signed a contract of legal assistance: Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia.
- who are subjects to the Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records, signed at Vienna in 1976: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, France, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.
Additional information can be found at home page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 1st of July 2012 entered into force an agreement on cancellation of the legalization requirement of population register documents of Estonia and Finland, which significantly simplifies for people to manage their public businesses in both countries. Pursuant to the agreement the statements of population register, which are made in English language, shall be mutually recognized without any additional certificate (apostille) or translation.
The agreement specifies the list of documents which will be mutually released from apostille. On the part of Estonia such documents are statements of the population register in English language (certificates for birth, death, marriage, change of name, divorce, certificate on ability to get married and statement with selective data). On the part of Finland such documents are the statement of the population register (with selective data), certificate by church and certificate on ability to get married.
From now on, for a citizen of Estonia and for a citizen of Finland who is residing in Estonia the best way is to apply in a local municipality for an English language statement of Estonian population register with all the requested data. The statement of the population register is free of charge. For evidencing a certain event, it is possible, when required, to ask from a county government the English language certificate of such event, which shall be issued against state fee payment pursuant to the State Fees Act (for certificate of birth, death, marriage and divorce the state fee is 3,19 Euros, for certificate on ability to get married 1,59 Euros and for a statement of decision on change of name 3,19 Euros).
This named agreement is not applicable to vital statistics documents which have been issued before 1.07.2010 and to the statements issued in Estonian and Finnish languages.
The full text of the agreement is provided in the State Gazette „Riigi Teataja“.