Personal identification code formation

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A foreign citizen who requires a personal identification code in order to have his details entered into other databases.

The employer receives a personal identification code for an employee from a third country by registering the alien's short-term employment in Estonia. Information on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board Registration of short-term employment.

An application may be filed either by an EU citizen, a third-country national or an undetermined citizen of another country. The need to apply for a personal identification code in this way is a person who does not permanently reside in Estonia, but who works in Estonia or works for an Estonian employer elsewhere, which results in the employer being required to register the employee at the Tax and Customs Board and the employee has the right to insurance cover at the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. Most of the databases in use in Estonia, including the health insurance database, are structured in such a way that the identification of the person is based on the personal identification code.

A child of an Estonian citizen born abroad shall be given a personal identification code under the birth certificate of a foreign country. Please use our service.


  • Where to start

    1. Please review the application form and, if possible, print it out (in doble sided form) and fill it in block capitals.
    2. Come personally to a nearest service provider office.

    Personal identification

    Have an identity document with you.

    What to do with the form

    Give your request and the documentation to our official.

    For contact information, choose institution from the list:


    We will review the documents you submit and make a copy of them. We then transfer the documents submitted to the register and, on these basis, we will create a personal identification code and issue an extract thereon within a reasonable time. The maximum processing time is 1 month from the date of receipt of the application.

    What to do when the result is unsatisfactory:

    To achieve the desired result follow our instructions.

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