Time left until March 31 to update ID cards' digital certificates

Estonian ID card.
Estonian ID card. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

If you haven't updated your ID card's digital certificates yet, you have until Mar. 31 to do so. After that, the certificates will be deleted, and the your card can't be used for digital identification anymore.

So far 441,000 people have updated their ID cards' digital certificates, 322,000 of them remotely, the Police and Border Guard (PPA) reported. Some 100,000 cards' certificates still haven't been updated though. These cards will still be useful beyond Mar. 31 as a physical means of identification, but their holders won't be able to access e-services anymore.

In detail, this means that the cards will still work as customer cards and as proof of identification e.g. to pick up prescription medication, but they won't work for services anymore that are available online.

Margus Arm, head of the Information System Authority's electronic identity department, recommends to get the update done soon, especially in cases where no other means of digital identification is available, such as a Mobile ID.

The most convenient way to update the certificates is doing it online. For that, you need an ID card reader as well as your PIN codes. Whoever doesn't have those anymore will need to stop by one of PPA's service points and wait in line.

Cards that need an update:

  • ID cards issued starting Oct. 16, 2014
  • Residence permit cards issued starting Dec. 17, 2014
  • Digi-ID cards issued starting Dec. 1, 2014
  • E-residency cards issued starting Dec. 1, 2014

More information is available on PPA's website.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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