How to apply

The application process for an e-Residency digital ID begins with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). This government agency hosts the application and manages all aspects of your application review. PPA will provide all communications, by email, throughout the process.

If PPA approves your application, your e-Residency kit will be sent to an Estonian embassy, consulate or other official pick up location.

Step 1: Gather documents

  • Government-issued ID: You will need to submit an image of your travel document. Note, when you pick up your e-Residency digital ID card, you must bring the same travel document you used for the application. If the document you used on the application expires before picking up your e-Residency card, you must bring a renewed, valid copy of your travel document and, if possible, also the document used in your application.
  • Digital photo: The application requires you to provide a passport-style photo. You can take the photo at home using a digital camera, but we recommend you take a look at the requirements defined on the application before taking a photo. Currently, the requirements are: 
    • File format: .jpg
    • File size: Minimum 1.0 MB, maximum 5.0 MB 
    • Pixel size: Minimum 1300 x 1600
  • Motivation statement: Write an explanation as to why you are applying for e-Residency. Be sure to mention anything notable about your past business experience as well as your future business plans.
  • Visa or Mastercard: You will need to pay the €100 state fee with a Visa or Mastercard.

Step 2: Submit application

Submit your application here.

You will need to select your pick up location when you submit your application. It's not easy to change this later, so choose wisely.

Step 3: Application review

The review process generally takes 4-5 weeks. During this time, PPA may contact you by email for additional information during the course of their background check. If approved, it will take an addition 2-3 weeks for your e-Residency kit to be printed and sent to your pick up location. For more on this process, see our application status article.

Step 4: Pick up e-Residency kit

Once your e-Residency kit has arrived at your pick up location, you should receive an email inviting you to schedule a time to pick it up. Note, you will need to bring the government-issued ID you submitted with your application and be prepared to be fingerprinted. Your pick up location will hold your e-Residency kit for no more than six months from approval.

Application process FAQ

I don't understand the process.

More information about the application process can be found here.

What if I don’t have a Visa or Mastercard?

The payment of the state fee can also be done on your behalf by someone else with their Visa or Mastercard. Note, a bank card with the Visa or Mastercard logo is sufficient. If this is not possible, please contact the e-Residency team at e-resident@gov.ee and we will advise on alternatives.

Length of your name

Digital ID cards have two lines for the first name (15 + 15 characters) and one line for surname (28 characters). Please note that according to the Estonian Identity Documents Act § 91, section (2) if your first name is longer than 15 + 15 characters and your surname longer than 28 characters, the letters at the end of the name which cannot be supplied in the corresponding data fields shall not be written. The fields in the system do not allow for more characters.

  • Example of a first name
    FABRICE STÉPHANE PATRICE shall be written as FABRICE STÉPHANE PATRIC
  • Example of a surname
    MOHAMEDELBAGHIR ABDELMAHMOUD OSMAN shall be written as MOHAMEDELBAGHIR ABDELMAHMOUD

If you do not fill out any field, the name missing will be replaced by “-“. Please take this into consideration as later complaints will not be admitted and the state fee will not be returned based on such complaints.

Communication is by email

The processing of applications is electronic. If the official processing your application needs to clarify details or pass on important information, they will contact you via email.

Please make sure that the email address you provide in the application form is valid and check your emails regularly so that you do not miss communications from the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board official.

Please note the emails might go to your spam folder, so it's advisable to check your spam folder during the application process.

Identification document requirements

The identification documents accepted by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are passports or European Union identity cards. Other documents are not accepted when applying for e-Residency.

The copy of your identity document must be in colour. Black and white copies are not accepted.

If you upload a copy of your ID card (EU citizens only), please be sure to upload copies of both sides of the document (the front and back).

My identification document does not expire.

The application will require you to provide a date of issue and a date of expiry for your identification document. If you cannot provide these, please choose another identification document that displays this information.

My country is not listed as a pickup location.

For security reasons, we are only able to issue e-Residency digital IDs from the official locations listed on the application. For your pickup location, you can choose a location from the list most convenient to travel to from your location.

Please note that pick up of your e-Residency digital ID within another country does not provide you with the legal right to enter that country. Before you select a pickup location and submit your application, please verify you have the ability to enter the country and obtain any necessary travel visa.

Note, once your e-Residency digital ID has arrived at the embassy, you will need to collect it within (6) months.

I changed my name. How can I get a new e-Residency digital ID?

If your name changes, you will need to apply for a new e-Residency digital ID. This will require you to pay the state fee again. If you know your name will change in the near future we would advise to wait and apply once you have received a new identification document which displays your new name. 

Can I change the information associated with my application?

Contact the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board directly at info@politsei.ee and they will forward your request to the issuing officer. Please also provide your full name and date of birth or the application number.

Can I cancel my application?

In order to cancel your application, please contact the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board directly at info@politsei.ee as soon as possible. They will be able to cancel your application should you provide them with your full name and date of birth. If you cancel before proceedings have commenced on your application, you can request a refund of the state fee. To request a refund, you will need to complete a form and send it to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. You can find the form and contact information here.

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