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Passport application

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

For the purpose of demonstrating the right to travel, Finnish citizens can receive a passport upon application, unless otherwise provided by law.

You can apply for a passport either online or by visiting a police service point in person.

You can only travel with a valid personal passport. Even a small child needs their own passport. An expired, broken or damaged passport will not get you through ...

Do the following

Applying for a standard passport is easiest through the police e-service. The application can also be made in at a police station or at a police service point.

  1. Have your photograph taken at a photography studio that can send your passport photograph to the police electronically.
  2. Fill in the application on the police e-service. Attach the photograph retrieval code you received from the photographer to your application. Pay the application fee online.
  3. In certain cases, only the electronic application is required. In other cases, in addition to the application, the applicant must visit a police licence services point in order to be identified prior to processing the application. When you fill in your application, the system will tell you whether you need to visit the police licence services point. If a visit is required, your application will only be processed after the visit. You can avoid queueing by booking an appointment in the police e-service.
  4. All guardians must give their written consent for an applicant that is under the age of 18.
  5. Men aged 18–30 must have a certificate showing that conscription is not an impediment to issuing a passport

Once the new passport is ready, it will be delivered to a Matkahuolto office or an office of their subcontractor of your choice in a sealed envelope.

When picking up the new passport, you must prove your identity and present the tracking number. You can show the tracking number, for example, from the screen of your phone, a printout of the notification, or a hand-written note.

For more information on how to apply for a standard passport, a minor’s passport, a rapid and express passport, a temporary passport and a seaman’s passport, see the police website.

The police website also contains more information on second passports and passports of those who have participated in Finnish wars.

Information on all service channels is not available in your chosen language. Change the language of the site to receive information on service channels in other languages.

To whom and on what terms

If you submit your application online and the system states that an identification visit is required, you can only select the standard delivery time in your online application. However, you can change it to a faster one when you arrive to the service point, in which case you will be charged for the price difference between standard delivery and accelerated delivery.

You can also submit the entire application at a police licence services point, but it is cheaper and quicker to submit the application online. The cheaper fee applies even if your electronic application requires a visit in person in order to be identified. An electronic application cannot be submitted without a digital photograph delivered directly from the photographer to the police. The digital photograph can also be used when you submit the application entirely at a licence services point. You should book an appointment at a licence service point in the police’s e-service.

Two fingerprints of the applicant will be recorded with a fingerprint scanner. Fingerprints are not taken from children under the age of 12.

Conscripts can be issued with a passport with an expiry date no later than the end of the year of their 28th birthday, unless they can prove that conscription is not an impediment to their holding a passport.

In exceptional cases, a new passport may be issued without revoking the previous passport.


You should submit your passport application well in advance.

Period of validity

In standard cases, a passport remains valid for five years.

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Text edited by: Poliisi
Updated: 26/3/2024