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 Digital and Population Data Agency.
  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.

Issuing agencies in the United States

Passports and ID cards are issued in the United States by the Finnish Embassy in Washington, as well as by the Consulates General in New York and Los Angeles. The Honorary Consulates in the U.S. and the Finnish Permanent Mission to the UN cannot accept passport applications.

When applying for a passport in the United States, the standard delivery time is 2-3 weeks. A fast-track passport is delivered 2-3 days faster than a regular passport. The delivery time for an ID card is approximately 6 weeks.

Book an appointment for your passport or ID card application and bring with you all the required attachments.

Mobile passport device

The Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York bring the passport devices to the locations listed below.
Passports and ID cards must be applied for in person and it is necessary to make an appointment. The Consulates General reserve the right to cancel/postpone the trip.

March 16-17, 2020 Minneapolis, MN (postponed until further notice)
March 18-19, 2020 Chicago, IL  (postponed until further notice)
April 20, 2020 Portland, OR more information (postponed until further notice)
April 21-22, 2020 Bellevue, WA more information (postponed until further notice)
May 5, 2020 San Diego, CA more information (postponed until further notice)
May 11 - 12, 2020 San Francisco Bay area, CA  more information (postponed until further notice)