The application process for an e-Residency digital ID begins with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB). This government agency hosts the application and manages all aspects of your application review. Police and Border Guard Board will provide all communications, by email, throughout the process. E-Residency programme team does not have access to the applications or application progress updates. For application status updates, read here.
If PBGB approves your application, your e-Residency kit will be sent to an Estonian embassy, consulate or other official pickup 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 online.
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, PBGB may contact you by email for additional information during the course of their background check. If approved, in general, it will take an additional 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 with instructions or an invitation 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. You will need to collect your e-Residency kit within (6) months once it has arrived. After that document will be sent back to Estonia and will be destroyed. Read more in Pickup locations article.
Application process FAQ
More information about the application process can be found on the PBGB website here.
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
The letters that they do not have, are substituted with letters available.
A national identification number, national identity number or national insurance number is used by the governments of many countries as a means of tracking their citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, healthcare and other government-related functions. This personal identification code generally appears on government-issued identity documents.
You can read more about identification numbers in different countries here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_identification_number
If your country does not have a personal identification code, please choose "Not applicable in my country of citizenship."
The identification documents accepted by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are passports or European Union identity cards. The document needs to be issued by your country of citizenship. Other documents are not accepted when applying for e-Residency. For example, if you are a citizen of a country x, but a resident of a country z, you will need to provide a document issued by country x.
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).
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 a 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.
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.