Become an e-resident

The Republic of Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government issued digital identity that empowers entrepreneurs around the world to set up and run a location-independent business.

e-Residents can

Establish a company online

 

  • Start a company 100% online from anywhere in the world
  • Access business banking and online payment service providers, such as PayPal
  • Be the full owner of your company. No local director needed

Manage remotely

 

  • Sign and authenticate documents anywhere
  • Encrypt and send documents securely. No more scanning and posting!
  • Easily declare taxes online

Achieve location independence

 

  • Continue operating your company online while traveling
  • No need to re-establish your company after moving abroad
  • Focus on your passion, not paperwork

Watch how to become an e-resident video

Meet the e-residents

I almost lost my tourism business, but now it’s expanding globally

I almost lost my tourism business, but now it’s expanding globally

Arzu Altinay , Istanbul, Turkey

Arzu is a professional tour guide from Istanbul who faced difficulties in 2016 when local tourism went into decline and PayPal stopped serving local companies. She now runs tours both in Istanbul and across Europe through her new e-Residency company.

Arzu is a professional tour guide from Istanbul who faced difficulties in 2016 when local tourism went into decline and PayPal stopped serving local companies. She now runs tours both in Istanbul and across Europe through her new e-Residency company.

I started my first company at 16 and am now a serial entrepreneur!

I started my first company at 16 and am now a serial entrepreneur!

Christoph Huebner , Berlin, Germany

Christoph is a German entrepreneur and digital nomad who has built up a small business empire. His companies range from providing insurance at the start of life to taking care of people’s digital legacies at the end of it.

Christoph is a German entrepreneur and digital nomad who has built up a small business empire. His companies range from providing insurance at the start of life to taking care of people’s digital legacies at the end of it.

We built a global games company with e-Residency

We built a global games company with e-Residency

Gabriel Stürmer , Brazil

Cupcakese is one of Brazil’s most successful gaming companies, but there’s no office because all their staff work remotely. E-Residency gave them a presence within the EU and enabled them to become location-independent.

Cupcakese is one of Brazil’s most successful gaming companies, but there’s no office because all their staff work remotely. E-Residency gave them a presence within the EU and enabled them to become location-independent.

I’m developing a light based communication system called Li-Fi

I’m developing a light based communication system called Li-Fi

Deepak Solanki , India

Could LiFi change the way we communicate? Deepak Solanki is working with other e-residents to develop this fascinating alternative to WiFi.

Could LiFi change the way we communicate? Deepak Solanki is working with other e-residents to develop this fascinating alternative to WiFi.

How to apply for e-Residency

  • Gather documents for application
  • Submit your application using the secure online form
  • Wait for your application to be approved and processed
  • Receive confirmation that your application was approved
  • Pick up your digital ID card in person from your chosen pick up location

Please keep in mind:

You must pick up the card at an Estonian embassy or consulate, or inside Estonia.

If you do not have a pick up location in your country, you can arrange to pick up the card in another country.

 

View all available pickup locations on a map

View all available pickup locations on a map


A

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Belarus

Belgium

C

Canada

China

Czech Republic

D

Denmark

E

Egypt

Estonia

F

Finland

France

G

Georgia

Germany

Greece

I

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

J

Japan

K

Kazakhstan

L

Latvia

Lithuania

N

Netherlands

Norway

P

Poland

Portugal

R

Romania

Russian Federation

S

Singapore

South-Korea

Spain

Sweden

T

Turkey

 

  • Required documents for application

    • A copy of your government-issued ID
    • A passport-style digital photo
    • Motivation statement
    • Visa or Mastercard
  • Submit your application using the secure online form

    • Submit your application
    • Pay the €100 state fee with Visa or Mastercard
    • Receive confirmation email after successfully submitting application
  • Wait for your application to be processed and approved

    • Application processing period is 30 days
    • Once you have submitted your application, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will conduct your background check to ensure the safety and trust of the e-Residency programme
    • The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board may request further information during the background check
  • Receive confirmation that your application was approved

    • After the background check has been completed, you will be notified by email whether your application is approved
    • If you are granted e-Residency, you will be invited to pick up your digital ID card from your chosen location
  • Collect your digital ID card in person from your chosen location

    • Bring the same identification document you entered in the online application form
    • Submit your fingerprints to the consular or police official
    • Pick up your e-Residency kit, including digital ID card and card reader

Apply for e-Residency now

Applyofficial government application page

e-residents receive a digital ID card that provides:

  • A government-issued digital identity
  • Secure access to e-services
  • Digital signing and authentication of documents

 

The digital ID card and e-services are built on state-of-the-art technological solutions, including 2048-bit public key encryption. The digital ID card contains a microchip with two security certificates: PIN1 for authentication and PIN2 for digital signing.

The digital ID card is not a physical identification or a travel document, and does not display a photo.

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Start using your digital ID card

Everything you need to operate online as an e-resident is provided in the e-Residency kit – your digital ID card and a card reader.

Make sure your digital ID card is active

Insert the digital ID card document number here to check.

Install digital ID card software

Download from here

Insert your digital ID card into card reader

You are now ready to use your digital ID card to establish a company online and use e-services available