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Changes to the ID card process as of August 2, 2021. Read more about this in the National Police Board's press release.

Submitting passport photographs

Passport photographs

In most cases, the photography studio you visited will send your photograph directly to the police. You can upload your photograph onto the police’s photograph server, but we do not recommend this as many of the photographs uploaded have to be rejected. Below you will find more information about attaching a passport photograph to your application.

For an identity card application, you will need one passport photo which has been taken no longer than 6 months earlier. Almost all photography studios in Finland will send your photo directly to the police electronically.

List of photography studios: For a list of photography studios which can send photos directly to the police, see the list of photography studios (in Finnish).

Photograph retrieval code: Once the photography studio has sent your photo to the police, you will receive a text message or email with your photograph retrieval code. Enter this code in your online identity card application. You can also use an electronic passport photograph at a police station by giving your code to the person handling passport applications.

Passport photograph quality requirements: see the passport photograph instructions.

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