All Estonians, no matter where they happen to live, have a state-issued digital identity. This electronic identity system, called e-ID, has existed over 20 years and is the cornerstone of the country’s e-state. e-ID and the ecosystem around it is part of any citizen’s daily transactions in the public and private sectors. People use their e-Identities to pay bills, vote online, sign contracts, shop, access their health information, and much more.

Estonians can use their e-Identity via state-issued identity or ID-card, using Mobile-ID on their smartphones, or the application Smart-ID. Holders of a digital identity need not be Estonian residents anymore however. Since 2014, Estonia has also offered a program called e-Residency for anyone who wishes to become an e-resident of Estonia and access its diverse digital services, regardless of citizenship or location.


Smart ID

Smart-ID is a convenient mobile application that works as an identification solution for anyone who does not have a SIM card in their smart device but needs to securely prove their online identity. As a simple, easy-to-use and convenient alternative to bank code cards, you can use Smart-ID to log into financial sector e-services and confirm transactions and agreements.

Since 2018, Smart-ID has been recognised as a QSCD (Qualified Signature Creation Device). This is the highest level of recognition in the EU and now all users can digitally sign documents at the Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) level that must be recognized by every EU member state. Read more here.


Usage of Smart ID

You can use Smart-ID on smartphones and tablets, and only need wifi access or a mobile internet connection to use it. No data roaming or special SIM cards are necessary.

Using Smart-ID for personal identification is free, totally unlimited, and the app can be downloaded to any Android and iOS smart devices.

Developers of Smart-ID:


Visit us physically or virtually

We host impactful events both in our centre and online for government institutions, companies, and media. You’ll get an overview of e-Estonia’s best practices and build links to leading IT-service providers and state experts to support your digitalisation plans.

Questions? Have a chat with us.

Call us: +372 6273157 (business hours only)

Find us

The Briefing Centre is conveniently located just 2 minutes drive from the airport and 10 to 15 minutes drive from the city centre.

You will find us on a ground floor of Valukoja 8, central entrance behind the statue of Mr Ernst Julius Öpik. Photo of the central entrance.

Valukoja 8
11415 Tallinn, Estonia