Applying for an ID card for a child
Submitting an application at a client service office
To apply for an ID card, please choose a suitable client service office and take an identity document with you.
If you wish, you can book an appointment for applying for an ID card at a client service office.
Standard ID card application procedure
When opting for the standard ID card application procedure, the card will be ready within a maximum of 30 after the application was accepted for processing.
Expedited ID card application procedure
All service offices accept applications for ID cards under expedited procedure, but the passport can be claimed only at Tallinn service offices.
If a child has been born before November 2011 and has not yet received an identity document, then an applications for ID card under expedited procedure are only received in Tallinn service offices.
When opting for the expedited ID card application procedure, the card will be ready in five business days. The ID card preparation period is calculated as of the next business day following the submission of the application.
While an expedited ID card application may be submitted at all client service offices, the card must be collected at a client service office located in Tallinn.
Children 12 years of age and up will have to give fingerprints when applying for an ID-card.
Authorization to collect an ID card
If you would like to authorize someone to collect your ID card for you, you need to decide this when submitting your application. When collecting the document, the authorized person must present their own valid Estonian identity document along with the applicant’s existing ID card.
If a parent of child more than 15 years of age wishes to claim their child’s ID card, the child must authorize their parent to do so on the spot at the service office.
Applying for an ID card for the first time
When applying for an ID card for the first time, you need to present proof of your Estonian citizenship.
You can prove your citizenship by providing one of the following documents when applying for a document for the first time:
- an Estonian passport of the parent
- child's birth certificate
- an original document stating that a parent or grandparent of the document applicant has Estonian citizenship. You will also have to provide proof that you are related to the person in question (e.g. a birth certificate). To provide this information, please submit a query to the National Archives regarding your parents’ or grandparents’ Estonian citizenship
You can send your document photograph in digital format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taking document photographs at client service offices
All client service offices (except for Keila) are equipped with photo booths where you can take a document photograph free of charge.
Document applicants using a wheelchair are advised to take their photograph at home with someone’s assistance or to go to a photo studio, as the photo booths lack the space to accommodate wheelchairs.
For an ID card
The state fee for an ID card for a child under the age of 15 is €10.
The state fee for an ID card for a child of and over the age of 15 is €25.
Persons with a moderate, severe or profound disability are eligible for a discount rate and are charged a state fee of €7 for an ID card.
The state fee for applying for an ID card on an expedited basis is €45.
For an ID card and an Estonian passport
The state fee for Estonian citizen’s passport and ID card for a child under the age of 15 is €25.
The state fee for Estonian citizen’s passport and ID card for those 15 and over is €50.
Persons with a moderate, severe or profound disability are eligible for a discount rate and are charged a state fee of €25 for an ID card and an Estonian passport.
Paying the state fee at the client service office
You can pay the state fee at a client service office
- in cash
- by card
- using a client computer
You may not pay the state fee using an American Express card.
Child is born abroad
If applying for an ID-card for a child born abroad, you need to provide a birth certificate.
See below for the requirements of the birth certificate issued abroad.
Child birth or changing one’s name abroad
If the personal data changed while in Finland after 1 July 2010, you can prove this by providing an extract of the Finnish population register in English.
If your personal data changed while in Finland before 1 July 2010, please check whether this information has been entered in the Finnish population register, and if the correct information is available, you can prove this by providing an extract in English.
If a document proving changes in your personal data was issued in Finland before 1 July 2010, it must be translated by a sworn translator or the accuracy of the translation must be notarized, and the document must be apostilled or legalized.
When providing a document issued in a foreign country, please find out whether it needs to be translated and apostilled or legalized.
If the document is not in the Estonian, Russian or English language, it must be translated by a sworn translator or the translation must be notarized.
Documents issued in the following countries need not be apostilled or legalized:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
Documents issued in other countries must be apostilled or legalized.
For more information on legalizing and apostilling documents, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Applying for an ID card for a ward
Only a ward’s guardian may submit an application for an ID card on behalf of the ward.
Please provide proof of guardianship at the client service office.