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There are particular cases in which the police may issue a temporary identity card. The preconditions for granting such case are always carefully considered.


A temporary identity card may be issued to a person who has lost his or her proof of identity. For a special reason, a temporary identity card may also be issued to a foreign citizen who does not have a municipality of residence in Finland.

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  • A temporary identity card is issued to the applicant at the police department immediately.
  • It does not contain a technical component that facilitates the use of e-services (a microchip).
  • It cannot be used as a travel document.

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 a temporary identity card.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Submit the required documents.
  4. Pay the application fee.

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Required Documents

  • 1 photograph
  • a reliable proof of identity
  • passport or identity card

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.


Temporary identity card - 33 €


A temporary identity card is valid for four (4) months.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

It is processed immediately.

Office Locations & Contacts

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

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Information which might help

If an identity card reported as missing or stolen is found, it can only be used as a travel document after the card holder has presented the card to the police and reported it as found.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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

External Links

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