Residence permit card for an adult

Application by email

Applying for a residence permit card under ordinary procedure

You may apply for a residence permit card by email if less than five years has passed since you applied for the previous residence permit card and gave fingerprints and you are able to digitally sign the application.

After your application has been accepted, it will take a maximum of 30 days to prepare your residence permit card under ordinary procedure.

In exceptional cases, it is possible to select the place you will claim the residence permit card at a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia if you are a foreigner who is not a citizen of a European Union member state and you have a valid Estonian residence permit or right of residence and your place of residence abroad is registered in the Estonian Population Register.

Persons with undetermined citizenship may not select a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia as the place they will claim the residence permit card.

If you have ordered your residence permit card to be received abroad, 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

A residence permit card may not be applied for under expedited procedure by email.

Document photo

You can send your document photograph in digital format by email to ppa@politsei.ee.

See requirements and recommendations for document photos.

Signature sample

When applying for a residence permit card by email, a signature sample must be submitted.

Using a dark and consistent pen stroke, sign your signature on a blank sheet of white paper.

Scan or photograph the signature sample.

The minimum measurements of the signature sample are 200X600 pixels and the correct format is JPEG.

Application form

Fill in the application form on a computer.

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

Application form for residence permit card

Instructions for completing application form.

Digital signing instructions.

State fee

Pay the state fee and save the proof of payment to your computer.

Residence permit card

The state fee for a residence permit card is €35.

The state fee for a residence permit card is €10 for people who have reached the general retirement age applicable in Estonia.

People with a moderate, severe or profound disability are eligible for a discount rate and are charged a state fee of €10 for a residence permit card.

Residence permit card and alien’s passport

The state fee for the passport and residence permit card is €65.

Under general conditions, the state fee for a passport and residence permit card for those who have reached retirement age in Estonia is €25.

Persons with a moderate, severe or profound disability have the right to a discount and the state fee for the passport and residence permit card is €25. In order to obtain the discount, you must present a document to the service office substantiating the disability.

Sending the application by email

If you are applying for the residence permit card by email, get all of the documents ready and sign them digitally in one container.

The digitally signed container must contain:

  • a completed application form
  • document photo
  • signature sample
  • document certifying payment of the state fee

If you were married, divorced, or changed your name abroad, also add to the container a copy of a document certifying this.

To receive a discount on the state fee, add to the digitally signed container a copy of a document certifying this.

Send the digital document container by email to ppa@politsei.ee. In the subject field, specify “Elamisloakaardi taotlus” (Residence permit card application).

Marriage, divorce or name change abroad

If there is a change in personal data while you are abroad, you will have to present a document substantiating the change when applying for a residence permit card.

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
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Lithuania
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • 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

If you have been appointed a person’s legal guardian, you will have to digitally sign the documents when applying for a residence permit card for that person.

Applying for a residence permit card for a person with a physical disability

If, due to a health condition, the person is not able to come to the service office to submit the application, we recommend that the residence permit card be applied for by mail or email.

If, due to a health condition, the person is not able to come to the service office to submit the application, the following must be submitted in addition to the application:

  • the applicant’s application so that their fingerprints would be captured at their place of residence
  • a document certifying the applicant’s state of health, certifying his or her permanent disability (e.g. a medical certificate)
  • applicant’s written consent for their residence permit card to be issued to the representative authorized by a municipality or city government or nursing institution.

If necessary, the application for residence permit card may be applied for on behalf of the disabled person by a representative authorized by a municipality or city government or nursing institution.

If the application is submitted by a representative authorized by a municipality or city government or nursing institution, the following must be submitted in addition to the application:

  • the applicant’s application so that their fingerprints would be captured at their place of residence
  • a document certifying the applicant’s state of health, certifying his or her permanent disability (e.g. a medical certificate)
  • applicant’s written consent for the representative authorized by a municipality or city government or nursing institution to turn in the application for residence permit card and receive the document.
  • authorization of the representative authorized by a municipality or city government or nursing institution
  • the authorized representative’s identity document
  • confirmation of the municipality or city government or nursing institution stating that the applicant has a permanent/chronic health condition that prevents them from coming to a service office
  • report on authenticating the applicant’s identity (prepared by the authorized representative).