Residence permit card for an adult
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 you are a foreigner who is not a citizen of a European Union member state, 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.
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.
Check the current status of your residence permit card application.
Applying for a residence permit card under expedited procedure
When you are abroad, you cannot apply for a residence permit card under expedited procedure.
You 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.
You can send your document photograph in digital format by email to ....
See requirements and recommendations for document photos.
Fill in the application form by hand or on a computer.
Write a signature sample for the application.
Certify the authenticity of the data with a 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
If you pay the state fee before coming to the foreign representation, bring with you a document certifying this fact.
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.
Contact details for foreign representations.
The state fee for a residence permit card is €65.
Under general conditions, the state fee for a residence permit card for those who have reached retirement age in Estonia is €10.
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.
Ordering a document to a foreign representation will cost €20 in addition to the state fee.
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 you were married, divorced, or changed your name 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.
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.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
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.
The person in the care of the guardian will be asked to give fingerprints when applying for a residence permit card.