UPDATE 18.04.2019 Extend the validity before 30.April
The previous manufacturer of Estonian ID cards has informed the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) that they are terminating their activities in Estonia. Because of this, the possibility to extend the certificates for additional 2 years may be interrupted after 30 April 2019.
If you want your e-Residency digital ID card to be valid for the maximum time (5 years), extend now! When your card expires, you will need to apply for a new e-Residency digital ID card.
If you joined after 1 May 2018
If you were granted e-Residency after 1 May 2018, your digital ID card certificates already have a validity period of (5) years and you do not need to take any additional action.
If you joined before 1 May 2018
If you were granted e-Residency before 1 May 2018, your digital ID card and certificates have a validity period of (3) years. You can extend the validity period for an additional two years (from three years to five years).
The extension process can be done entirely online in 10-15 minutes. You will need the latest DigiDoc4 software and a solid internet connection.
The validity extension is performed according to UTC time; check your time zone here: https://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_UTC.aspx.
PS: Your e-Residency digital ID card needs to be valid and you will need to know your PIN codes.
Before you extend
- Decrypt and save any encrypted files (files with a .cdoc extension) you will need in the future. For more information, read more here.
- Find a pen and paper as you will be issued new PIN codes during the process and they cannot be retrieved later; you need to save them during the extension process.
- Confirm your @eesti.ee email address is redirected to a personal email address. For more information, read more here.
- Close all applications and browser windows interacting with your current e-Residency digital ID.
- Ensure you have your current PIN codes nearby.
- Download the latest software, DigiDoc4: Windows or macOS
- Connect your card to your computer and launch the DigiDoc4 application
- Click the “Begin” button, located at the yellow banner at the top
- Follow the instructions displayed on the screen
- Do not remove the card until the process is complete
You can also read our blog post on the subject, Estonia is extending the validity period of 32 000 digital ID cards.
- Your e-Residency digital ID card was issued before 1 May 2018 AND
- It was originally valid for 3 years AND
- It is still valid
If eligible for the extension, the DigiDoc4 software will display a corresponding message in yellow at the top of the screen.
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.
The state provides everyone with an @eesti.ee email address when issuing a digital ID for communication of essential information. You can check your @eesti.ee email or redirect it to your preferred personal email address in the eesti.ee state portal. Read more here.
Note, you will need to access your @eesti.ee email to complete the extension process.
No. Once you have extended, you can use your e-Residency digital ID on all devices. The extension is not device-specific, you do not need to repeat the process.
However, all devices will require the latest DigiDoc4 software as previous versions will not support the new certificates.
To reinstall the newest version, follow the instructions on the screen. Once the latest version is reinstalled, the “Extend” option should appear.
If you receive an error message in the process of validity extension, you need to act according to the content of the message: try again later, close all applications and browser windows interacting with the card, relaunch the process on another computer or using a different card reader. If the system has produced several error messages during the process, please contact the ID helpline at www.id.ee (the ASK FOR HELP section in the lower right corner), or call +372 666 8888.
The process cannot be performed using certain built‑in card readers. Where possible, please use an external card reader.
If the system has produced several error messages during the process, please contact the ID helpline at www.id.ee (the ASK FOR HELP section in the lower right corner), or call +372 666 8888.
If it turns out that the process cannot be completed due to technical problems resulting from the software, you will be issued a new card under warranty free of charge. If the card expires or a launched process has not been completed within 30 days, you need to apply for a new document, which includes the payment of a state fee.
Once the validity extension has been completed, the computer needs to be restarted, 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.