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.

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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

User stories

Soheila Yalpani, Canada

Ella Romanos, UK

Arvind Kumar, India

Chris Sier, UK

  • Soheila Yalpani, Canada

    Digital Nomad

    Soheila is a consultant for governments and startups on the development of technology ecosystems. She also runs Thinkstr.co, a website about business, travel and money.

     

    “I did a lot of research to figure out where would be the best place to incorporate my business and do my banking. That’s when I discovered Estonia doesn’t just understand digital nomads, but actively welcomes them with an offer of e-Residency. The fact that it’s inside the EU is also a big advantage.”

  • Ella Romanos, UK

    Business owner remaining in the EU Single Market after Brexit

    Ella is a serial entrepreneur that has been a part of the UK’s booming video game industry as Director of Strike Gameslabs and Rocket Lolly Games, as well as a board member for UKIE and the Creative Skillset Computer Games Council. She signed up for e-Residency after the Brexit vote, to possibly mitigate negative effects on her business.

     

    “Signing up for e-Residency is an easy process and with the current situation, I believe it is worth considering, even if you don’t yet know if you will need to use it.”

  • Arvind Kumar, India

    Business owner exporting to the EU

    Arvind left his 30 year career in the steel industry to start his own business exporting products to the EU. He found that e-Residency was by far the simplest and most hassle-free way to start his new entrepreneurial venture and obtain credibility in the marketplace.

     

    “Credibility is very important for new technology, but when I present myself as an e-resident of Estonia, it demonstrates that connection we have to Europe. We are using Estonia as a stepping stone to the rest of Europe and the world.”

  • Chris Sier, UK

    Investor in Estonian startups

    Chris, shareholder of the Estonian startup Jobbatical, became an e-resident to make it easier to manage his investments.

     

    “E-Residency is seriously cool, I’ve previously held board meetings in the UK where you have to travel and circulate documents to get this old style chain of signatures. With e-Residency, it’s so easy for you all to go online at the same time and sign the document simultaneously. There’s no faff at all.”

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.

See our FAQ for more information

  • 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