Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency – a transnational digital identity available to anyone in the world interested in administering a location-independent business online. By doing this Estonia is unleashing the world’s entrepreneurial potential.
It is possible to apply for e-Residency at e-resident.gov.ee anywhere in the world. Once the application is approved, just one face-to-face meeting is required to collect the card from one of Estonia’s foreign representations in 34 countries or at Estonian Police and Border Guard Board service points.
• Establish a company online
• Administer the company from anywhere in the world
• Conduct e-banking and remote money transfers
• Access online payment service providers
• Declare taxes online
These efficient and easy-to-use e-services have been available to Estonians for over a decade. By offering e-Residents the same services, Estonia is proudly pioneering the idea of a country without borders.
e-Residents receive a digi-ID for:
• Digital identification and authentication to secure services
• Digital signing of documents
• Digital verification of document authenticity
• Document encryption
Digital signatures and authentication are legally equivalent to handwritten signatures and face-to-face identification in Estonia and between partners upon agreement anywhere around the world. The e-Resident digi-ID and e-services are built on state-of-the-art technological solutions, including 2048-bit public key encryption. The digi-ID card contains a microchip with two security certificates: one for authentication, called PIN1 (min. 4-digit number), and another for digital signing, called PIN2 (min. 5-digit number).
e-Residency does not confer citizenship, tax residency, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the EU.
The work with the private sector and government agencies continues to enhance the existing and create new services for e-Residents.
The Estonian government is developing e-Residency as a startup. We launched it fast and agile, and we are constantly working to improve and extend this revolutionary program. e-Residency is now in its public beta phase: everybody is invited to apply and help us cater it best to you, the new e-Estonian – a new kind of digital and global citizen.