The ID software of the Information System Authority (RIA) now allows digital signing with Smart-ID


In the new version of the ID software DigiDoc4, documents can now be signed with Smart-ID in addition to the ID-card and Mobile-ID.

Last year, we reached an agreement with SK ID Solutions, the provider of the Smart-ID service, and started developing ID software support for Smart-ID. Different signing tools allow more people to use the ID software and find a solution that suits them the best,’ said Mark Erlich, the Head of the Electronic Identity Department at RIA.

‘Being able to sign documents with Smart-ID in the DigiDoc application is excellent news that Smart-ID users have been looking forward to for a long time. We work together well with RIA and this is a great birthday present for Smart-ID, which just turned three years old. We are also pleased that RIA has introduced an additional security measure: having to choose the right verification code out of three in the app when signing with Smart-ID. This will encourage other e-services to employ the measure as well,’ said Liisa Lukin, the Business Development Manager of Value Added Services at SK ID Solutions.

Only the users who created their Smart-ID accounts after 8 November 2018 can give a digital signature equal to a handwritten one in the DigiDoc4 software. The reason is that Smart-ID was included in the QSCD (Qualified Signature Creation Device) list on that date. In order to sign with an account that was created earlier, you have to delete your Smart-ID account and create a new one. More information on how to do that can be found from the Smart-ID website. Smart-ID can be used as an authentication tool in state e-services since September 2019.

If you have any questions about creating and using your Smart-ID account, please contact the Smart-ID customer service. Regular users can use DigiDoc4 to give free signatures with Smart-ID in a reasonable amount; business clients must sign a contract with the service provider, SK ID Solutions, to use Smart-ID in DigiDoc4. Business clients can find out more here. By default, only people with Estonian personal identification codes can sign with Smart-ID. Users with Latvian and Lithuanian personal identification codes can give signatures after concluding a contract.

The newly released ID software version (20.01) is also the last to support older operating systems like Windows 7 and macOS 10.11. Future versions will no longer be developed or tested for these older operating systems. If a user does not have access to DigiDoc4 on a computer, the alternative is using RIA’s DigiDoc mobile application, which is available for iOS and Android. Mobile applications currently do not support Smart-ID. 

It is important for service providers to know that DigiDoc4 now uses Mobile-ID REST API, as SK ID Solutions will no longer provide the DigiDocService web service as of October this year. More information can be found here. Additionally, the DigiDoc4 client registry parameter locations were updated. The new registry parameter locations can be found here.

You can read more about all changes to DigiDoc4 from the website. You can download the latest version here