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Finland - Apply an Identity Card for Foreign Citizen

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  1. Go to a police department to apply for an identity card for foreign citizen.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Prove your identity and submit a passport photo.
  4. Pay the application fee.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • 1 photograph (preferably black and white) (no more than 6 months old)
  • a reliable proof of identity
  • guardian's consent form (if the applicant is minor)

Finland has introduced new guidelines for passport photos. The aim of these requirements is to standardize passport photos and improve the verification of passport holders identities. To check for the guidelines, click on this link:$file/Passikuvaohje_07-02-2007_EN.pdf.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

To find a local police station to your area, click on the link below:
Police Contact Information:

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It is eligible to foreign citizens who are permanently residing in Finland.


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An identity card for foreign citizen is valid for five (5) years.

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents which can be used by people who would like to follow this procedure.    

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Please explain the processing your application.    

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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The application for identity card must always be submitted to the police in person.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

According to the Municipality of Residence Act, the police may issue an identity card to a foreign citizen who is permanently resident in Finland and entered in the Population Information System and who can be reliably identified. It is issued to a foreign citizen but may not be used as a travel document.

Information which might help[edit]

An identity card can be used as a travel document replacing the passport in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Before you can get your identity card, a PIN envelope will be posted to your home address containing the PIN and PUK codes for your card. Once it is ready, you can collect it at the police department. It can also be collected by your authorized representative or posted to your home address on request. You will pay the postage together with the fee for the identity card.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Issuing an identity card to a foreign citizen:
Prices for Police Services:


The appearance of identity card for foreign citizen is colored brown. The nationality indication in an identity card for a foreigner is always XXX.