Estonian Passport and ID-Card

An Estonian citizen´s passport is a travel document issued to a citizen of Estonia by the Republic of Estonia, an ID card is an identity document with digital functionality.

The Estonian passport and ID-card can be applied

Please note that for submitting an Estonian passport and ID-card application at the Consulate you must book an appointment online.

It takes around 2-3 months from submitting the application until the documents reach the Consulate General.

APPLYING BY POST

It is possible to apply for a renewed passport by post or at the self-service portal in case a person has already received a passport containing fingerprints and less than 6 years have passed since the issuance of this passport. You can check the validity of biometrics here. Also a passport for children under age 12 can be applied for directly at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board by post.

The application form and additional documents should be sent directly to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board:

Police and Border Guard Board
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn Estonia

APPLYING AT THE CONSULATE

You should apply at the Consulate if

  • you are applying for an initial passport
  • you have to give your fingerprints (more than 6 years has passed since your fingerprints were collected for your previous passport)
  • your child has reached the age of 12 and have to give their fingerprints
  • you wish to authorize someone else to collect your passport or ID card on your behalf. A written consent can only be submitted at the Consulate when filing in the application, not later.

The following documents must be presented for an initial passport:

  • standard application form; please fill out the application form with a black pen or ink pen, in capital Latin letters. The application form must not have any corrections. Please see additional instructions here
  • additional form
  • 1 color digital document photo, please see photo requirements. After submitting your application at the Consulate, please send the photo to an e-mail address [email protected] indicating applicant’s name and the personal ID code/date of birth on the subject line. Photo can not be taken at the Consulate, but a photo made with smart phone is accepted if it meets the requirements, please see video clip made by Police and Border Guard Board
  • birth certificate

All documents issued in the United States (e.g. birth- & marriage certificates, etc.) should be authenticated with an Apostille by the State Secretary within the state where they were issued. The Apostille is a document certifying the authenticity of the official signature on the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document acted, and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. Information on obtaining the Apostille is available here.

  • state fee
  • valid photo ID (passport, in the absence of a passport any other Photo ID)
  • In case of a child’s initial passport application: other parent’s written consent and copy of a passport
  • proof of Estonian citizenship

The Republic of Estonia ID card and travel document/passport (parents or grandparents), military certificate, school/university diploma confirming Estonian citizenship, proof of employment at Estonian government agency (available at Estonian National Archives).

Estonian birth, marriage, death and other vital statistics documents which can be ordered through the Consulate.

Upon the expiration of an Estonian citizen´s passport, one should also apply in person at the Consulate in San Francisco. For a renewal passport, the following documents should be submitted:

  • standard application form, please fill out the application form with a black pen or ink pen, in the Estonian language and in capital letters. The application form must not have any corrections. Please see additional instructions here
  • 1 color digital document photo, please see photo requirements. After filing in your application at the Consulate, please send the photo to an e-mail address [email protected] indicating applicant’s name and the personal ID code/date of birth on the subject line. Photo can not be taken at the Consulate, but photo made with smart phone is accepted if it meets the requirements, please see video clip made by Police and Border Guard Board.
  • If your information has changed, you must present a document certifying your change of information.

All documents issued in the United States (e.g. birth- & marriage certificates, etc.) should be authenticated with an Apostille by the State Secretary within the state where they were issued. The Apostille is a document certifying the authenticity of the official signature on the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document acted, and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. Information on obtaining the Apostille is available here

  • valid photo ID (passport, in the absence of a passport any other Photo ID)
  • State fee

The passport can be collected by an applicant in person or to an authorized representative assigned by an applicant at the time of applying for the document, in the Service Office or in the foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia indicated in the application form. Children under the age of 15 may be represented by their parents.

A passport without fingerprints and with a term of validity of 1 year

As an exception, it is possible to apply for a passport without fingerprint images, if:

  • you have been previously issued Estonian citizen passport or ID-card and
  • you are staying in a foreign country, where there is no foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia, or where it is disproportionately burdensome for you to contact a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia.

NB! You can apply as an exception for a passport without fingerprint image valid for one year ONLY by post or at the self-service portal. Please submit a written explanation or other evidence concerning the reason for the necessity to issue a passport without fingerprint images, together with an explanation of why it is not possible for you to apply for a passport according to ordinary procedures.