Is it time to renew your digital ID?

Is your e-Residency digital identity card expiring soon?  If so, it’s time to apply for a new card so that you can still access Estonia’s e-services. Read on for a step-by-step guide how to renew your card and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Renewing your digital ID card

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Why renew your digital ID?

  • To log into Estonian government and private e-services and digitally sign documents.
  • To manage your Estonian company, submit annual reports, file taxes, and access your business bank account.
  • To remain an e-resident and an important part of our growing digital community!
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Step One: check the validity of your digital ID

  • The ‘Date of Expiry’ is indicated on your digital ID card.
  • You can check the validity of the certificates contained in the document chip using the ID software.
  • The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will remind you that your document is expiring by email 3 months prior to the date of expiry.
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Step Two: apply for a new digital ID card

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Step Three: collect your e-Residency kit

  • Indicate in your application where you will pick up your digital ID card.
  • Choose from over 40 pickup locations worldwide.
  • Collect your new card before your old card expires to keep accessing Estonian e-services.
Find your nearest pickup location

Download SmartID for an interim solution

  • Before your e-Residency digital ID card expires, download and set up the SmartID app.
  • SmartID allows you to continue using some Estonian e-services, at least until you receive your new digital ID card.
  • Note that this service is external to e-Residency so direct any queries to SmartID.
Learn about SmartID

Submit your renewal application on the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board website.
Select “Expiry of document” as the application type.

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Frequently asked questions

How long will the renewal of e-Residency process take?

While officially the renewal process can take about the same as a new application (up to 30 days), the Estonian Police and Border Guard are prioritising renewal applications and trying to process and issue them as quickly as possible. They estimate that the average processing time should only be about 10 days as long as your obligations as an e-resident entrepreneur are fulfilled. You can read more in our detailed blog article.

Why is it not possible to create an account in the application environment by authenticating with my currently valid e-resident’s digital ID?

The application process for repeat applicants is currently the same as for first time applicants: you need to create an account, complete the entire application and re-submit all documents.

Unfortunately, the current application environment does not feature an authentication solution, but the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board is working on providing this option in the future.

My passport expired. Do I need to apply for a new e-Residency digital ID?

No. Your e-Residency digital ID is valid for five years and is not dependent on the validity of your identification document. Your identification document needs to be valid when submitting the application and when picking up the e-Residency digital ID.

My data changed. Do I need to apply for a new e-Residency digital ID?

Yes. If your data such as name or citizenship changes, you will need to apply for a new e-Residency digital ID. This will require you to pay the state fee again.

If you know your name will change in the near future we would advise to wait and apply once you have received a new identification document that displays your new name.

I need help submitting the application.

Please read the How to apply article. We have also answered the majority of the frequently asked questions there.