e-Residents can

Establish a company online

  • Start a company 100% online from anywhere in the world
  • Access business banking and online payment service providers, such as PayPal
  • Be the full owner of your company. No local director needed

Manage remotely

  • Sign and authenticate documents anywhere
  • Encrypt and send documents securely. No more scanning and posting!
  • Easily declare taxes online

Achieve location independence

  • Continue operating your company online while traveling
  • No need to re-establish your company after moving abroad
  • Focus on your passion, not paperwork

How to apply for e-Residency

  1. Gather documents for application

    Required documents for application

    • A copy of your government-issued ID
    • A passport-style digital photo
    • Motivation statement
    • Visa or Mastercard
  2. Submit your application using the secure online form

    Submit your application using the secure online form

    • Submit your application
    • Pay the €100 state fee with Visa or Mastercard
    • Receive confirmation email after successfully submitting application
  3. Wait for your application to be approved and processed

    Wait for your application to be processed and approved

    • Application processing period is 30 days
    • Once you have submitted your application, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will conduct your background check to ensure the safety and trust of the e-Residency programme
    • The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board may request further information during the background check
  4. Receive confirmation that your application was approved

    Receive confirmation that your application was approved

    • After the background check has been completed, you will be notified by email whether your application is approved
    • If you are granted e-Residency, you will be invited to pick up your digital ID card from your chosen location
  5. Pick up your digital ID card in person from your chosen pick up location

    Collect your digital ID card in person from your chosen location

    • Bring the same identification document you entered in the online application form
    • Submit your fingerprints to the consular or police official
    • Pick up your e-Residency kit, including digital ID card and card reader

Please keep in mind:

You must pick up the card at an Estonian embassy or consulate, or inside Estonia.

If you do not have a pick up location in your country, you can arrange to pick up the card in another country.

See our FAQ for more information

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e-residents receive a digital ID card that provides:

  • A government-issued digital identity
  • Secure access to e-services
  • Digital signing and authentication of documents


The digital ID card and e-services are built on state-of-the-art technological solutions, including 2048-bit public key encryption. The digital ID card contains a microchip with two security certificates: PIN1 for authentication and PIN2 for digital signing.

The digital ID card is not a physical identification or a travel document, and does not display a photo.

Start using your digital ID card

Everything you need to operate online as an e-resident is provided in the e-Residency kit – your digital ID card and a card reader.

Make sure your digital ID card is active

Insert the digital ID card document number here to check.

Install digital ID card software

Download from here

Insert your digital ID card into card reader

You are now ready to use your digital ID card to establish a company online and use e-services available