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An application for identity card is always done in writing form with the police. You can submit your application for an identity card at any police license services point.


All Finnish citizens.

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  • An application for identity card must always be submitted in person.
  • The fee for identity card is payable when submitting the application.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. Go to a police department to apply for an identity card.
  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

  • 1 photograph (preferably black and white) (no more than 6 months old)
  • a reliable proof of identity

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.


Identity card - 53 €


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

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

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

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Information which might help

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

An identity card can also be used as a travel document instead of a passport. 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.

External Links

Applying for an identity card:
Prices for Police Services:


The appearance of identity card is bluish in color.

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