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

Testimonials

  • Kersti Kaljulaid

    President of Estonia

    “Even though there are only a little over a million of us, thanks to Estonia’s capabilities, we can make ten million payments, perform ten million requests and sign ten million contracts in just ten minutes. Even ten times larger states cannot beat us. But the good news is that it is possible to join our exclusive club of digitally empowered citizens.”

    Kersti Kaljulaid

    President of Estonia

  • Edward Lucas

    Senior Editor of The Economist and 1st e-resident

    “Estonia’s e-Residency is a game-changer. Anyone in the world can now apply for a rock-solid digital ID, giving them what Estonians have taken for granted for years: the ability to identify themselves online, to make binding agreements and to communicate securely. This turns the internet from a confusing Wild West into an environment where trustful interaction is frictionless and ubiquitous.”

    Edward Lucas

    Senior Editor of The Economist and 1st e-resident

  • Steve Jurvetson

    US venture capitalist

    “e-Residency makes it easy for anyone in the world to invest in the innovative startup ecosystem in Estonia.”

    Steve Jurvetson

    US venture capitalist

  • Tim Draper

    Founding Partner of Draper Associates and DFJ

    “The Estonian government has shown great forethought in creating the first virtual government, allowing all citizens of the world participate in the growth and business of Estonia. As we become more mobile and able to communicate across borders freely, geographic borders dissolve allowing us all to choose which government is right for us. Governments need to compete for the great minds, the capital, the businesses, and the citizens of the world.”

    Tim Draper

    Founding Partner of Draper Associates and DFJ

  • Kaspar Korjus

    e-Residency Programme Director

    “We believe no one should be held back from their entrepreneurial potential just because of where they live or where they choose to travel. Through e-Residency, a new digital nation is emerging with a population who share that vision of a borderless digital world for all. We’re very thankful to all the pioneers and early adopters that are already benefiting from e-Residency, but we’re also really excited about growing the programme and ensuring our new digital nation is the best place in the world to establish and manage a business.”

    Kaspar Korjus

    e-Residency Programme Director

Meet the e-residents

Business owner exporting to the EU

Business owner exporting to the EU

Arvind Kumar , India

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.

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.

How I started an EU-based business with almost no money

How I started an EU-based business with almost no money

Ilias Ismanaliejev , Soo 19, Estonia

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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.

Description

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