Estonian Passport and ID card

Information about Estonian passport and ID-card

The application should be submitted in person to the Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa or at the premises of an Honorary Consulate during a visit of the representative of the Embassy.

All passport applicants aged 12 and older are required to give their fingerprints.

If less than 5 years have passed since applying for the previous passport and taking of fingerprints, you can also apply for the passport by post or in e-service.

All passport/ID-card applicants must appear in person to pick up their passports at the Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa or at the Estonian Honorary Consulates in Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, Edmonton or Halifax.

Alternatively, at the time the passport application is submitted, an Estonian citizen can authorize another Estonian citizen to pick up their document(s) on their behalf.

Please note that it may take approximately 2 months from the date of submitting the application or rectifying the deficiencies to receive your documents in Canada.

Digital passport photo is required and this is sent directly to Estonian Police and Border Guard by e-mail to ppa@politsei.ee after submitting the application! Please look the requirements of the photo.

The initial application for an Estonian Citizen’s passport and ID-card

The initial application for an Estonian Citizen’s passport and ID-card should be submitted in person to the Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa or at the premises of Honorary Consulate during the visit of the representative of the Embassy.

The following documents must be presented for an initial passport:

  • standard application form Instructions for filling in the application form can be found here
  • birth certificate/ marriage certificate* (Original long form certificates issued by provincial authorities) * Marriage Certificate is required in case your name after marriage (or subsequent divorce) is different from your maiden name stated on your birth certificate.
  • official valid Photo ID (e.g. Canadian passport)
  • proof of Estonian citizenship. There is non-exhaustive list of documents that can be used to prove your right to Estonian citizenship. Most often such proof is presented in the form of:
  • Republic of Estonia ID card and travel document/passport, military certificate, school/university diploma mentioning Estonian citizenship, proof of employment at Estonian government agency (available at Estonian National Archives)
  • Birth, marriage, death and other vital statistics documents which can be ordered through the Embassy. For more information please read about ordering documents.
  • State fee payable in Canadian dollars. The Estonian Embassy in Ottawa accepts cash (exact change please!), cheque or interac e-transfer.

All supportive documents should be in Estonian, English or Russian language. Official translation into any of these languages is required in case your supporting documents to your application are in other languages. Only notarized and officially legalized/authenticated/apostilled copies of supporting documents are accepted.

Please note that all documents issued in Canada (e.g. birth- & marriage certificates, etc.) which are meant to be used in Estonia should be authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and then legalized by the Embassy of Estonia. For more information, please read about legalisation of the documents.

If you will apply for initial passport for children under 15-years of age and one of the parent/guardian is not Estonian citizen, consent from other parent/guardian is required. If you are divorced and/or you have single custody right over the child, the Court Order to prove such right has to be presented. Please ensure that you also provide a signed photocopy of the passport of the other parent.

It is possible to apply for an initial passport and/ or ID-card for a child under the age of 12 years by mail. In that case application should be sent directly to Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. For more information visit their website.

Renewal of the passport or ID-card

Upon expiration of an Estonian passport, one should also apply in person at the Embassy of Estonia in Ottawa or at the premises of Honorary Consulate during the visit of the representative of the Embassy.

For a renewal passport and/or ID-card, the following documents should be submitted:

  • standard application form;
    • Instructions for filling in the application form can be found here.
  • 1 digital color passport photo, 40mm x 50mm (more details here).
  • Official valid Photo-ID (current Estonian passport).
  • State fee payable in Canadian dollars. The Estonian Embassy in Ottawa accepts cash (exact change please!), cheque or interac e-transfer.

It is possible to apply for a passport renewal by mail only in the case when the person has already received one biometric passport containing fingerprints and less than 5 years have passed since the issuance of this passport. Since fingerprinting is not necessary for ID-card application, such application can be sent by mail without 5 year term restrictions. In both these cases the application should be sent directly to Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. For more information visit their website.