Applying for an ID card for an adult
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
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.
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.
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
- 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 and Kolde) 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 is €25.
The state fee for an ID card is €10 for people who have reached the general retirement age applicable in Estonia.
Persons with a moderate, severe or profound disability are eligible for a discount rate and are charged a state fee of €10 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 an ID card and an Estonian passport is €50.
The state fee for an ID card and an Estonian passport is €25 for people who have reached the general retirement age applicable in Estonia.
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.
Getting married, divorced or changing one’s name abroad
If your personal data have changed while being abroad, you need to provide documented proof of this when applying for an ID card.
If your 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
- United Kingdom
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.
Applying for an ID card for an immobile person
If a person is permanently unable to submit their application in person at a client service office due to a medical condition, they are advised to apply for an ID card by post or email.
Where necessary, an authorized representative of the head of a rural municipality government, city government or social welfare institution may submit an ID card application on behalf of an immobile person.
If the application is submitted by an authorized representative of the head of a rural municipality government, city government or social welfare institution, the following must be additionally provided:
- a document certifying the applicant’s medical condition (e.g. a physician’s certificate)
- the applicant’s written consent to the authorized representative submitting their ID card application and collecting their document
- authorization by the head of a rural municipality government, city government or social welfare institution
- identity document of the authorized representative
- confirmation by a municipality government, city government or social welfare institution stating that the applicant is permanently unable to go to a client service office in person due to a medical condition
- a report on the verification of the applicant’s identity (prepared by the authorized representative)