There are three different ways how to renew your Estonian passport and/or ID-card:
- the self-service portal
- by post directly from the Estonian Police and Boarder Guard Board
- at the embassy.
It is more convenient and also cheaper to renew your documents at the self-service portal or by post from the Estonian Police and Border Guard Department.
- ID card can be ordered at the self-service portal or by post directly from the Estonian Police and Boarder Guard Board
- Passport can be ordered at the self-service portal or by post if less than 6 years have passed since taking of fingerprints
- Passports for children under 12 years of age can also be applied or renewed by post as their fingerprints will not be taken.
Applying at the self-service portal
When using the self‑service portal for applying for a passport or ID card, you need to have an ID card and an ID card reader, a mobile ID or access to Internet banking, PIN codes for your ID card or mobile ID. A digital photo (photo requirements) must be sent directly to the e-mail address email@example.com and the applicant’s name and the personal ID code/date of birth should be added to the e-mail subject.
Applying by post
ID card can be applied for by post. Passport can be applied for by post only if it has been less than 6 years since the fingerprints were taken for the previous passport.
Standard application form and document certifying payment of the state fee to the Estonian Ministry of Finance have to be sent by post to the Police and Border Guard:
Police and Border Guard Administration
Pärnu mnt 139
A digital photo (photo requirements) must be sent directly to the address firstname.lastname@example.org and the applicant’s name and the personal ID code/date of birth should be added to the email.
Applying at the Embassy
On what occasions do I have to book an appointment and come to the Embassy to apply for documents?
- Your old passport is expired (you need to get your fingerprints taken at the Embassy).
- Your child has reached 12 years of age and therefore needs to give fingerprints for the passport.
- You wish that someone else picks up your passport / ID card on your behalf. A written consent can only be given at the Embassy.
NB! Children under 12 years do not have to come to the embassy in person, one of the parents can submit the application on behalf of the child
NB! You cannot apply for a passport under expedited procedure at the embassy.
Please book an appointment over the phone (353 1) 478 88 88. At the Embassy, state fees can be paid with a bank card. The state fees can be found here.
You will need the following documents to apply for a passport / ID card at the Embassy:
- Standard application form
- A digital photo (photo requirements) must be sent directly to the address email@example.com and the applicant’s name and the personal ID code/date of birth should be added to the email.
- In case of a child’s passport application: other parent’s written consent.
- In case of change of name: a copy of your spouse’s passport and your Marriage Certificate or Deed Poll document.
When applying for a passport for your child for the first time you will need to present:
When applying for Estonian passport as an adult for the first time you will need documents proving your Estonian citizenship.
If you have acquired Estonian citizenship by birth:
- an original document proving that you are an Estonian citizen;
- an original document indicating that at least one of your parents/grandparents is an Estonian citizen and verification documents to prove that you are descended from a parent who is an Estonian citizen.
If you have acquired Estonian citizenship by naturalization:
- a certificate of citizenship
Documents referring to Estonian citizenship for the period from 1918 to 1940 can be obtained from:
- Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages (birth certificates, certificates of marriage and divorce, certificates on changing names, etc.);
- the National Archives (certificates of Defense Forces, option certificates, school- leaving certificates, documents verifying the possession of real estate or working in the public service, etc.).