Smart-ID personal identification can be used today in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Anno 2023.
If you are an alien living in Estonia the options are:
Residents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (incl. people staying here on the basis of a permanent residence permit) have a residence permit card. It allows you to create a Smart-ID account exactly as you would with an ID card: just follow the on-screen instructions. Your personal identification code is written on the residence card.
If you are a non-resident, ie a person who does not have a local personal identification code, it is not possible to create a Smart-ID account in Estonia and Latvia. However, it is possible to register a Smart-ID Basic account with limited rights in Lithuania by visiting the bank branch of Medicines Bankas, don’t forget to bring your identity documents!
Answers to all the most frequently asked questions about the electronic use of ID card and Mobile ID on the id.ee.
However, if your problem remains unsolved, please contact the ID Help Centre through the form here. The more precisely you describe your problem and the emergence of the situation, the more personalized assistance we can provide. All answers with easy steps and instructions that could help to resolve your problem will be sent to you in writing!
If our FAQ and overall manuals that you have been studying don’t give the solution for your problem, please contact directly the official government team.
Estonian Mobile ID allows people to use a mobile phone as a form of a secure digital ID.
Like the ID card, it can be used to access secure e-services and digitally sign documents but has the added advantage of not requiring a card reader.
The system is based on a special mobile SIM card, which the customer must request from the mobile phone operator. Private keys are stored on the mobile SIM card along with a small application delivering the authentication and signature functions.