District Police Departments
Issuing an identity card to a foreign citizen
Under the Municipality of Residence Act, the police may issue an identity card to a foreign citizen who is permanently resident in Finland and entered in the Population Information System and who can be reliably identified. An identity card issued to a foreign citizen may not be used as a travel document.
An application for an identity card must always be submitted to the police in person.
Please note that the personal data you give when applying for an identity card must be the same as the data recorded in the Population Information System maintained by the Register Offices.
The appearance of identity cards issued by the police has changed as from 30 May 2011. The new identity card for a citizen is bluish in colour, the identity card for a minor is purple and the identity card for a foreigner is brown. The nationality indication in an identity card for a foreigner always is XXX.
Identity cards issued before this date will remain valid until their expiry.
(A sample photo of an identity card for a foreigner is temporarily not available. It will be added later.)
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