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The Estonian Personal Identification Code

Everyone working and/or living in Estonia has the right to a personal identification code.

The Estonian identification code is a unique 11-digit code that remains the same your entire life. You’ll need this code if you want to work and live in Estonia.

Usually you get the code when receiving your temporary residence permit. Should you come to Estonia on a D-visa and/or start working on the basis of the registration of you short-term employment right away, you have to apply for the code within 5 days of starting your employment. The identification code can then be obtained from any closest county government, to which you must go in person.

You can also apply for an identification code from an Estonian representation abroad.

Read more on the Estonian Ministry of the Interior Affairs website.

 

What do you need to bring?

Contact information for the county governments can be found here.

Harju County Government in Tallinn is at Roosikrantsi 12, building B, 1st floor (ask for a key card from the reception desk of building A).

Estonian identification code via E-Residency 

The Estonian personal identification number is also granted to a person who has been issued the E-residency digi-ID. An e-resident is a foreigner for whom Estonia has created a digital identity and issued a digital identity card – an e-resident digi-ID.

The e-resident digi-ID enables you to participate in public and private administration of Estonia, notwithstanding your actual physical residence.

Please note that:

– the e-resident digi-ID will not grant you the right to reside in Estonia.

– the e-residency is not related to tax-residency of a person.

For more information see Police and Border Guard Board’s website.

Estonian identification code via E-Recidency

The Estonian personal identification number is also granted for a person when the E-residency digi-ID is issued. An e-resident is a foreigner, for whom, Estonia has created a digital identity and issued digital identity card – an e-resident digi-ID, on the basis of the identification credentials of their own country of citizenship.

The e-resident digi-ID enables a foreigner to participate in public and private administration of Estonia, notwithstanding their physical residence. The e-resident digi-ID shall not grant a right to reside in Estonia. It is important to note that e-residency is not related to the tax-residency of a person.

For more information please visit Police and Border Guard Board website.