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The right of temporary residence of an EU citizen
06/22/2017

An EU citizen obtains the right of temporary residence upon registration of his/her place of residence in the population register of Estonia.

For registration of the place of residence please address the local government authority nearest to your place of residence. More information about the registration of your place of residence can be obtained at the local government authority nearest to your place of residence or on the home page of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The right of temporary residence is granted for a period of five years. The right of temporary residence shall be extended automatically for a period of five years, if your registered place of residence is continually in Estonia.

For applying for the document (ID-card) which certifies the right of temporary residence, please address within the period of one month from the registration of your place of residence in person a Service Office. An application on behalf of a minor child under age 15 is submitted by his/her legal representative (e.g. parent).

Documents requested for applying for an ID-card


If you apply on behalf of a minor child under age 15, the following must be added to the above-mentioned documents:

  • a child’s identity document, if such exists;
  • an identity document of the legal representative;
  • if the parent's name in the child's birth certificate differs from the name in the parent's identity document, please submit a document certifying the change of the name of the parent (e.g. certificate of marriage), if the name was changed in a foreign country not in Estonia.
  • If the application is being submitted by a guardian who has been appointed by the court, or a legal representative of the guardianship authority, then the following must also be added:
    • an identity document of the legal representative;
    • a document certifying the right of representation (except if the data of the document have been entered into the population register of Estonia);
    • an authorization letter (if the application is being submitted by an authorized representative of a guardianship authority).


Issue of the ID-card
The ID-card shall be issued within 30 days (after acceptance of the application for proceeding) to the applicant in person at the Service Office named on the application form. The ID-card of a minor under 15 years of age shall be issued to his/her legal representative.

An ID-card applied for in urgent procedure (the first ID-card cannot be applied for in urgent procedure) shall be issued within 5 working days (starting from the working day following the date of submission of the application) solely in Tallinn Service Offices. The ID-card of a minor under age 15 shall be issued to his/her legal representative.

Upon receipt of the ID-card please present:

  • an identity document