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Foreigner’s identity card

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The police can issue identity cards to foreign citizens who reside in Finland permanently, whose details have been entered in the Population Information System, and who have a valid residence permit or residence card or whose right of residence has been registered. Additionally, it must be possible to verify the person’s identity reliably. A foreigner’s identity card is issued for a period of five years or until the expiry of the applicant’s residence permit or residence card, whichever is sooner. Foreigner’s identity cards cannot be used as travel documents.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byPoliisi
Responsible for the servicePoliisi
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesEnglish, Swedish, Finnish
Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 26/5/2020