ID card. Applying, renewing and changing its PIN numbers

An Estonian citizen’s ID-card can be applied for in the following ways:

  • via the self-service portal;
  • by post (by sending the application directly to Tallinn, Estonia);
  • at the embassy.
APPLYING VIA THE SELF-SERVICE PORTAL

If you have access to e-services (ID-card, Mobile-ID or Smart-ID), then the most low-cost and easiest way to renew your documents is through the self-service portal.

APPLYING BY POST

Fingerprint images must be valid in the PBGB information system in order to apply for documents by post. The validity of fingerprint images can be checked HERE.
Fingerprints do not need to be provided by children under 12 and from 01.09.2023 Estonian citizens aged 70 and above, if fingerprints have been provided during the last document application.
Citizens who are physically unable to (long-term) submit an application at the embassy and who have given fingerprints within the last 11 years may be excused from the requirement of valid fingerprints. The citizen must add a medical certificate (in Estonian or in English) to the application form and send it by post to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

When applied by post, the application should be sent directly to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Please prepare and complete the following:

  • Print out the standard application form (in Englishin Estonianin Russian)  and fill in the form in capital letters, using a dark ballpoint pen or ink pen.
  • A DIGITAL photo (physical/printed photos are not accepted). An applicants digital photo should be sent by email to [email protected], with the applicants name and the personal ID code/date of birth (photo requirements; video instructions).
  • Pay the state fee to the Ministry of Finance (the state fees when applied by post can be found HERE).
  • Send the filled-out application form and the receipt of the state fee payment by post to the following address:

APPLICATION
Police and Border Guard Board
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn
Estonia

APPLYING AT THE EMBASSY (book an appointment HERE):
  • Print out the standard application form (in Englishin Estonianin Russian)  and fill in the form in capital letters, using a dark ballpoint pen or ink pen.
  • A DIGITAL photo (physical/printed photos are not accepted). An applicants digital photo should be sent by email to [email protected], with the applicants name and the personal ID code/date of birth (photo requirements; video instructions).
    NB! The embassy does not offer photographing services.
  • Pay the state fee at the embassy (we only accept card payments).

Please bring a form of identification with you (passport/ID-card). Please note that driving licences are not accepted.

 

RENEWING PIN-CODES

New PIN-codes for an ID-card with valid certificates can only be issued at the embassy during a booked appointment.

If you need new pin-codes for your currently valid ID-card, please first e-mail the embassy at [email protected]. In the e-mail please confirm your full name, your personal ID code and the ID-card document number. Please note that there is a state fee to be paid for this service.

*** Please note that starting from 01.01.2022, it is no longer possible to apply for new PIN-codes for documents that were issued prior to 30.11.2018. 

Should you have any questions, please call our consular phone line 020 7838 5388 (Mon – Fri 10am – 1pm) or send us an email at [email protected].