If you joined after 1 May 2018
If you were granted an e-Residency digital ID card after 1 May 2018, your digital ID card and certificates already have a validity period of (5) years.
If you joined before 1 May 2018
If you were granted an e-Residency digital ID card before 1 May 2018, your digital ID card and certificates have a validity period of (3) years.
As of 1 November 2018, holders of valid e-Residency digital ID cards 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.
Note, your e-Residency digital ID card needs to be valid and you will need to know your PIN codes.
If your card has already expired, or you don't have your PIN codes, you will need to formally renew. The application to renew is available here; select “Expiry of document” as the application type. The state fee to renew is 100€.
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.
- 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 if complete
A full FAQ on this topic can be found at the ID card help centre.
If you experience any problems with the extension process and you can not find a solution in the FAQ, contact the ID helpline (within the Ask for Help tab in the lower right corner), or call (+372) 666 8888.
You can also read our blog post on the subject, Estonia is extending the validity period of 32 000 digital ID cards.
Am I eligible?
- Your e-Residency digital ID card was issued before 1 May 2018 AND
- It was originally valid for three years AND
- It is still valid
If eligible for extension, the DigiDoc4 software will display a corresponding message in yellow at the top of the screen.
If a card was issued before 1 May 2018 but has been replaced for any reason after 1 May 2018, it is already valid for five years and does not require extension.
Do I have to extend?
No. Extension is not mandatory and cards that have not been extended can be used until their current expiration date. After that, you will need to renew by submitting a new application. Renewal information
Can I extend an expired card?
No. Only valid cards are eligible for extension. Once a card has expired, you need to apply for a new document. Renewal information
I already applied for renewal. Can I cancel and extend my existing card instead?
No. If you already submitted an application to renew your card, it cannot be cancelled.
Can I extend if I did not update my certificates Winter 2017/2018?
Some cards were effected by a security risk announced Autumn 2017. If this impacted you, you were notified and asked to update your certificates by 31 March 2018. If you did not, your e-Residency digital ID was revoked 1 April 2018. Revoked documents are not eligible for extension, and you need to apply for a new document. Renewal information
My card and certificates have different expiration dates. 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 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.
Why does the application display an @eesti.ee email address under my personal information? Can I change this?
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.
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, extension was successful.
If I extend on one computer, do I need to repeat the process on another device?
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.
I lost my card reader. Could you send me a new one so I can extend?
No. 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 do not see the yellow banner, can I extend?
This is a bug for a small number of Windows users who have only recently updated from DigiDoc3 to DigiDoc4. Please remove the current DigiDoc4 software and reinstall it here: https://installer.id.ee/?lang=eng
To reinstall the newest version, follow the instructions on the screen. Once the latest version is reinstalled, the “Extend” option should appear.
The software is not available in Apple App Store in my country, what do I do?
In some countries, the Apple App Store has not yet listed the latest DigiDoc4 software. As a quick solution, try changing your location in the Apple App Store or use a direct link to download the latest software.