Estonian passports and ID card

You can apply for Estonian passport and ID-card


Applying at the self-service portal:

The fastest and most convenient way ordering documents is at self-service portal of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. The service can be accessed by using ID-card, Mobile-ID or Smart-ID. Both, ID-card and passport can be applied for.

When during application process a message appears regarding need to give new fingerprints, this can be done at Estonian Embassies or offices of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. After recording fingerprints the online application process can be proceed with uploading a document photo and paying State Fee. Alternatively it is possible to control the validity of finger prints here: webpage of the Police and Border Guard Board.

Applying by post:

It is possible to apply for a renewed passport by post or at the self-service portal in case:

  • the applicant has previously received a document issued by Estonia, containing fingerprints and less than 6 years have passed since the applicant gave fingerprints for the document. Validity of fingerprints (biometrics) can be checked at the self-service portal or the webpage of the Police and Border Guard Board.
  • the document is applied for a child under the age 12. NB! In case the child was born abroad, the birth of the child must be entered in the Estonian population register in order to use the self-service portal.

The following documents must be sent to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board:

The application form and all the additional documents must be sent directly to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board:

Police and Border Guard Board
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn

Applying at the Embassy

You should apply at the Embassy in case:

  • you are applying for an Estonian passport or ID-card for the first time;
  • you have to give your fingerprints (more than 6 years has passed since your fingerprints were collected);
  • your child has reached the age of 12 and has to give fingerprints;
  • you wish to authorise someone else to collect your passport or ID card on your behalf. Written consent can only be submitted at the Embassy.

The following documents must be presented if you apply for a document for the first time:

  • standard application form; please fill out the application form online and print it out or fill it in with a black pen or ink pen  in capital Latin letters. The application form must not have any corrections. Please see additional instructions here;
  • additional form;
  • valid ID document with photo (passport, or in the absence of a passport, another ID with photo);
  • proof of Estonian citizenship:
    • a document issued by the Republic of Estonia: ID card or a travel document/passport, military certificate, school/university diploma confirming Estonian citizenship, proof of employment at an Estonian government agency (available at Estonian National Archives);
    • a birth, marriage, death and other vital statistics document, which can be ordered through the Embassy;
  • proof of descent (birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate). In case the document was issued in Norway, a certificate in English from the Norway Tax Board’s Population Register (Skatteetaten) must be provided with the stamp and signature of the issuer and an apostille issued by County Governement (Statsforvalteren).
  • in case of a child’s first passport application: other parent’s written consent.

The digital color document photo of the applicant must be sent to the e-mail address [email protected] (requirements for the photo can be found on the website of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board). The applicant’s name and the personal ID code or date of birth must be mentioned in the subject line of the e-mail. The photo cannot be taken at the Embassy.

Issuing of documents

The passport must be collected by the applicant in person or by an authorized representative assigned by the applicant at the time of applying for the document at the Service Office or at the foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia as indicated in the application form. Passports issued to children under the age of 15 must be collected by their parents.

Attention! As from December 2023 it is possible to receive a passport by courier. The courier option has to be chosen when applying for a passport, and if a positive decision is made on the issue of the passport, the detailed instructions on how to proceed with the courier service will be sent by an e-mail. It is not possible to receive an ID-card by courier.

The Embassy does not process applications for Estonian passports and ID-cards. Applications submitted at the Embassy are forwarded for processing to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. The status of the application can be viewed on the webpage of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.