The ID-card is the primary identity document in the Republic of Estonia. It’s good to know that ID-cards are identity documents that are mandatory for Estonian citizens and citizens of the European Union who are permanently residing in Estonia.
In Estonia, you can identify yourself with your ID-card everywhere. Pursuant to law, all Estonian authorities are obliged to accept the ID-card and they may not demand the submission of any other document for identification purposes.
The ID-card can also be used as a travel document in the European Union. NB! However, a European Union national who is not a citizen of Estonia needs a document issued by their country of citizenship in addition to the Estonian ID-card!
Thanks to its standard credit card format, the ID-card has several advantages when compared with a passport – it fits in a wallet with other cards and will not become dog-eared like paper documents.
In order to apply for an ID-card:
Contact the Police and Border Guard Board if you want to apply for an ID-card.