Residence permit card for a child

Applying abroad

The residence permit card may be applied for abroad in exceptional cases.

In exceptional cases, it is possible to apply for the residence permit card from abroad if the child is a foreigner who is not a citizen of a European Union member state, the child has a valid Estonian residence permit or right of residence and the child’s place of residence abroad is registered in the Estonian Population Register.

A residence permit card for a child with undetermined citizenship may not be applied for at a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia.

Abroad, a residence permit card can be applied for by mail, email or at a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia.

To apply for a residence permit card., find a suitable Estonian foreign representation and bring an identity document with you.

See Estonian foreign representations.

Applying for a residence permit card under ordinary procedure

After your application for residence permit card has been accepted, it will take a maximum of 30 days from the point at which your application reaches Estonia and is accepted for processing.

If you have ordered your residence permit card to be received abroad in an exceptional case, factor in a longer time, as transport of documents to a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia takes more time.

In matters pertaining to the document reaching the foreign representation and claiming the document, contact the foreign representation to which you ordered the document.

Applying for a residence permit card under expedited procedure

When you are abroad, you cannot apply for a residence permit card under expedited procedure.

Providing fingerprints

Children 6 years age and up will have to give fingerprints when applying for a residence permit card.

Authorization for claiming residence permit card

You may authorize someone else to claim your residence permit card only if the authorization is submitted together with the application at the service office.

The person authorized must present a valid Estonian identity document when claiming the document. They must also have the applicant’s old residence permit card with them.

If a parent of child more than 15 years of age wishes to claim their child’s residence permit card, the child must authorize their parent to do so on the spot at the foreign representation.

Document photo

You can send your document photograph in digital format by email to ....

See requirements and recommendations for document photos.

Application form

Fill in the application form by hand or on a computer.

The signature field is left blank on the application form for a child under the age of 7.

A child from 7-14 years of age or a person in the care of a guardian may provide a signature sample on the application form but it is not obligatory.

It is obligatory to submit a signature sample for children 15 and over.

If the application is submitted the parent of the child under the age of 15, they must certify the authenticity of the data by signature at the bottom of the application.

If the application is submitted by a child aged 15-17 or their parent, the person submitting the application must certify the authenticity of the data by signature at the bottom of the application.

On the form, specify the service office or Estonian foreign representation where you wish to receive the document.

The application form may not contain any corrections.

Application form for residence permit card

Instructions for completing application form

State fee

To learn about options for paying the state fee on the spot at the Estonian foreign representation, contact the foreign representation where you will go to apply for the residence permit card under exceptional procedure.

If you pay the state fee before coming to the foreign representation, bring with you a document certifying this fact.

Contact details for foreign representations.

The state fee for a residence permit card for a child under the age of 15 is €10.

The state fee for residence permit card for those of 15 years and over is €65.

Persons with a moderate, severe or profound disability have the right to a discount and the state fee for the residence permit card is €10. In order to obtain the discount, a copy of a document certifying the disability must be presented with the application. The document must be signed by the person submitting the application.

Documents necessary for applying for a residence permit card at a foreign representation

Bring the following with you to the Estonian foreign representation:

  • a completed application form
  • digital document photo (may also be sent to ...).
  • document certifying payment of the state fee

If you would like to send someone one else to claim the residence permit card, fill in an authorization at the foreign representation.

If the child’s name changed abroad, bring with you to the foreign representation a copy of a document certifying this.

To receive a discount on the state fee, bring with you to the foreign representation a copy of a document certifying this.

Child’s name change abroad

If the change in the child’s personal data occurred abroad and is not entered into the Estonian Population Register, a document substantiating the change in the child’s personal data must be submitted.

If your personal data changed in Finland after 1 July 2010, this can be certified by an English-language extract from the Finnish Population Register.

If your personal data changed in Finland before 1 July 2010, check whether the information has reached the Finnish Population Register and if so, this can be substantiated with an English-language extract.

If the document that certifies the change in personal data was issued in Finland before 1 July 2010, it must be translated by a sworn translator or the authenticity of the translation must be notarized and the document must be certified by an apostille certificate or legalized.

Upon presenting a document issued in a foreign country, check whether it must be translated and certified with an apostille certificate or legalized.

If the document is not in Estonian, Russian or English, it will have to be translated and the translation must be done by a sworn translator or notarized.

Documents issued in these countries do not have to be certified by an apostille certificate or legalized.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Finland
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Lithuania
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Russia

​​However, documents issued in other countries do have to be certified by an apostille certificate or legalized.

For more information on legalization of documents and apostils, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Applying for a residence permit card for a person in the care of a guardian

The application for a residence permit card for a person in the care of a guardian may be submitted only by their legal guardian.

Bring with you to the foreign representation a document substantiating the guardianship.

Children 6 years age and up will have to give fingerprints when applying for a residence permit card.