Applying for a passport or an identity card

  1. The application must be submitted at the embassy in person.
  2. Make sure that your details are up to date in the population information system. Finnish citizens can, if they wish, check their registered data in the population information system once a year. To correct and revise the data, please contact your nearest local register office.
  3. You have to pay the fee for a passport or an identity card when you submit the application.
  4. A passport and an identity card are valid for a maximum of 5 years.
  5. It takes from a minimum of two weeks to up to several weeks to get an ordinary passport. A fast-track passport can normally be obtained faster, but the time of delivery depends on the country of issuance. Fast-track service does not apply to identity cards.

Passports and identity cards are issued at Finland's embassies, consulates general and consulates led by a career consul. Finland's Honorary Consulates in Germany (Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main) and Spain (Barcelona, Malaga, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca, Pilar de la Horadada) can issue passports.

Identity card

The missions may issue standard identity cards only, also for minors subject to the parents' or guardians' consent. The missions do not accept applications for special minor’s identity cards issued without the parents' of guardians' consent, identity cards for foreigners, or temporary identity cards.

Identity cards do not contain fingerprints.

Applying for a passport or an identity card in the UK 

In the UK the Embassy in London is the only place where you can apply for a passport or an identity card. Honorary consuls are not able to process applications. 

Customer service at the Consular Section requires a prior appointment online (except in an emergency). When abroad a passport must be always applied in person at the Embassy. Also children must visit the Embassy in person with their guardian when applying. 

It is the applicant's personal responsibility to check that their personal information is correct and updated in the Finnish Population Register Centre before visiting the Embassy. This means that the registration of birth, marriage, divorce, nationalities, name change or change of address has to be completed in Finland by a local register office (maistraatti) before a passport application can be submitted. If you need to check or correct you personal information, please contact directly the Local Register Offices. 

Passport fees, process and collection/delivery

Passport fee is payable in pounds upon applying by debit or credit card only. Current fees are available here: Service Fees.

Normal processing time for a five year passport is 1-2 weeks.

Passport can be collected from the Embassy in person or by a person authorised by the applicant. Collections within the Embassy's office hours. Upon request the passport can also be posted using a Royal Mail prepaid Special Delivery envelope provided by the applicant.

Customer service of the Consular Section

Passport and identity card related enquiries can be sent by email to [email protected]. Please check the customer service times and contact details of the Consular Section here: Customer service of the Consular Section.