Digital identity card or Digi-ID is a ID-card like smart card, that you can use for authentication of the holder and giving digital signatures in electronic environment. Also encryption functionlity is supported.
You can apply for digi-ID in the service offices of the Police and Border Guard Board and it will be issued to you on the spot in the service office while you wait.
You can apply for digi-ID if you are:
- a citizen of the Republic of Estonia who has a valid ID-card, or if you apply for digi-ID along with the ID-card;
- an alien with a valid residence card/ID-card, or if you apply for digi-ID along with the residence card
Validity time of Digi-ID and the certificates on the card are three years. Digi-ID can be used along with Identity Card (ID-card). Digi-ID does not require special software, normal ID-card software is enough.
In case when ID-card has been lost, stolen or damaged and the person has a valid Digi-ID it can be used instead of lost, stolen or damaged document in electronic environment.
NB! Digi-ID does not carry the facial image of the holder. Digi-ID cannot be used as a visual identity document.
In case a Digi-ID becomes lost/stolen the electronic functioning of the card can be stopped by calling to 1777 (+372 677 3377 from abroad). It is impossible to declare Digi-ID invalid through telephone call. If a Digi-ID is lost or stolen, then the holder of Digi-ID is obliged in person to inform the service point of Police and Border Guard Board or Foreign mission of the Republic of Estonia to declare the Digi-ID invalid as soon as possible. In case of applying for the new document it is not necessary the document to be deemed lost or stolen. If a Digi-ID becomes invalidated it cannot be revalidated.
In case of changes in personal data the holder of Digi-ID is obliged to inform the service point of Police and Border Guard Board or Foreign mission of the Republic of Estonia about the change of personal data within 1 month, to deem the previous document to be invalid and submit an application for a new document if necessary.
Additionally there is a small comparison between ID-card and Digi-ID:
|Certificates and card are valid for 3 years||Certificates and card are valid for 5 years|
|Personal data file has only card nr (until 01.12.14). Later personal data file is also normal.||Personal data file is normal|
|Certificate Subject O field is ESTEID (DIGI-ID)||Certificate Subject O field is ESTEID|
|Issuer is ESTEID-SK 2011||Issure is ESTEID-SK 2011|
|New PIN envelopes from PPA and bank offices||New PIN envelopes from PPA and bank offices|
|Electronic functioning of the card can be stopped at ID-card helpline 1777, bank offices and PPA||Electronic functioning of the card can be stopped at ID-card helpline 1777, bank offices and PPA|
|Electronic functioning of the card can be resumed at bank offices and PPA||Electronic functioning of the card can be resumed at bank offices and PPA|
|Certificates can be declared invalid at PPA and bank offices||Certificates can be declared invalid at PPA and bank offices|
|Can only be used in electronic environment||Can be used as visial identity document and in electronic environments|
|Can be received over the counter||Waiting time is 2 weeks to 30 days|