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The right of temporary residence of an EU citizen
07/20/2017

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 is issued within 30 days (after the application was received for processing) to an applicant in person or to an authorised representative assigned by an applicant (recommended form, possible to fill in on a computer screen or print out and fill in by own hand) at the time of applying for the document, in the Service Office indicated in the application form.

The ID-card applied for in expedited procedure will be issued within 5 working days (counting starts from working day following the day of submission of the application) to an applicant in person or to an authorised representative assigned by an applicant (recommended form, possible to fill in on a computer screen or print out and fill in by own hand) at the time of applying for the document in Tallinn Service Offices only.

A document of a minor under age 15 shall be issued to his or her legal representative or to an authorised person appointed by the representative.

When receiving the ID-card please present:

  • please provide a previously issued valid document of the same type


An authorised representative:

  • provides his or her valid identity document issued in Estonia
  • provides a valid document of the same type, issued to the applicant, if such document exists