The Republic of Estonia is the first country in the world to offer e-residency. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for the secure digital identity provided by the Estonian government – to gain secure access to digital services, to get anything and everything done digitally (sign all documents, launch and manage companies, do banking, encrypt files, etc.).
An Estonian e-resident is foreigner for whom Estonia has created a digital identity and issued a digital identity card. The e-resident’s card is a state-issued digital document that can only be used in the electronic environment in order to identify the person and to give digital signatures.
You can find more information on e-residency on the homepage.
The easiest way is to apply online.
Issue of an e-resident’s digital ID card
The application is processed by the Police and Border Guard Board, who will perform a background check and make a decision regarding the granting (or refusal) of the e-resident’s digital ID.
The applicant will be notified by e-mail when the e-residency card arrives to the Estonian Embassy in Washington. The card must be picked up in person and the applicant must bring his or her passport—please make an appointment first. We are not able to service walk-ins.
In order to change the pickup location from the Estonian Embassy in Washington to another Estonian embassy, send an e-mail containing your application details (your full name and date of birth):
Please note that in this case the state fee of 50 euros needs to be paid using the following banking details:
Receiver: Ministry of Finances
Reference number: 2900073643
Clarification of the payment: digi-ID change the location of the issuance; name, surname.
In order to change the pickup location from the Estonian Embassy in Washington to another location in the US (New York or San Francisco), send an e-mail containing your application details (your full name and date of birth):
No state fee applies in this case.
How long does it take to send my card from one location to another?
Please allow at least 2-3 weeks for the process.
How long do you hold my card?
We keep your card for six months. If you do not pick it during that period we’ll return it to the issuing authority. If you still need Estonian e-residency card, but didn’t pick it up during 6 months and it was returned, you need to start the procedure again and reapply.