Extend the validity of your document

The possibility to extend the validity of digital ID cards and e-Residency digital ID cards for additional 2 years is no longer available as of 30 April 2019 due to the previous producer of documents terminating its operations in Estonia.

E-Residency digital ID cards that were not extended remain valid until the date of expiry indicated on the card.

Make sure, you renew your current e-Residency digital ID card a few months prior to the expiry.

Extension FAQ

What was this possibility to extend?
Previously all e-Residency digital ID cards were valid for 3 years. In 2018, Estonia's Parliament passed a law that enabled to start issuing e-Residency digital ID cards with a longer validity - 5 years. As a bonus, for a while, it was possible for everyone who already had a digital ID card to extend its validity for an additional 2 years.
What if I didn't extend?
The extension was not mandatory, it was a benefit. You can simply use your card until the certificates are active and then apply for a new document, see Renewal information
Was my extension successful?
You can check your e-Residency digital ID expiration date by using the latest DigiDoc4 software. Click “My eID” and check the term of expiry of certificates. If the term is two years longer than the date indicated on the physical card, the extension was successful.
I can still see a yellow banner: "The validity of this document can be extended." 
This banner will be removed with the next software release. The extension is no longer available. You can continue to use your card until the certificates are valid.
How do I know when my card expires?

You can check your e-Residency digital ID expiration date by using the latest DigiDoc4 software. Click “My eID” and check the term of expiry of certificates.

Example: A card is valid until 12 March 2020. After the extension, the card will be valid until 12 March 2022. As an exception, cards that expire on 29 February 2020 have 28 February 2022 as the new expiry date after extension.

I lost my card reader. Could you send me a new one?
You can buy a new card reader online or from your local electronics store. For information on supported and tested card readers, read more here.
I forgot to write down new PINs. Is there a way to look them up?
In the course of extending the validity of your document, you were issued new PINs, which you needed to write down as you went along. If you did not write the new PINs down or if you forgot them, you need to request new PINs at the Police and Border Guard Board service office (in Estonia) or apply for a new document.
After the extension, I'm unable to log in

The computer needs to be restarted after the validity extension was completed. In some cases twice. With the Windows and Mac operating systems, the old certificates need to be removed from the computer.

If you have updated the software, but digital signing fails when using e‑services, please see the following instructions: https://www.id.ee/index.php?id=36639.

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