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ID card. Applying, renewing and changing its PIN numbers

Starting from 23.08.2021, ID-card applications require valid fingerprint images.

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.

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.


If it has been less than 6 years since the last passport application (meaning the previously given fingerprints are still valid), and the person has not since reached the age of 12, one can submit the application by post.

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

  • A filled-out application form (in English, in Estonianin Russian). Instructions can be found here.
  • A DIGITAL photo (physical/printed photos are not accepted). An applicants digital photo should be sent by email to ppa@politsei.ee, 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:

Police and Border Guard Board
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn

APPLYING AT THE EMBASSY (book an appointment HERE):



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 Consul.London@mfa.ee. 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 Consul.London@mfa.ee.