Having a Swedish ID-Card – a so called ID–kort – will make your life in Sweden a lot easier. You need it at all times.
When picking up packages from the post office or when you wish to open a Swedish bank account. You can also use your Swedish ID-card, instead of a passport, when traveling within Europe.
How to apply for a Swedish ID-card
The process of applying is as follows:
- Pay the application fee.
- Go to a Tax Agency offices that issue ID card.
- Prove your identity.
- You must be registered as living in Sweden.
- You must be at least 13 years of age.
- You must have your parent/guardian´s approval if you are less than 18 years of age.
Pay the application fee of 400 SEK
Start by paying the fee of 400 SEK. Remember to print and bring the receipt of the payment or you will have to wait until the payment reaches the Swedish Tax Office. Make your payment to the following accounts:
- Bankgiro 389-0100
- Plusgiro 50 40 62-1
Remember to quote your personnummer (personal identity number) in the field for messages/other information. If you prefer to pay from abroad, you will need the following codes:
- IBAN): SE30 9500 0099 6034 0504 0621
- Swift/BIC: NDEASESS
Prove your identity
Prove your identity through an approved ID document (mostly a passport). You have two options if you lack an approved ID document. The first option is to bring your Swedish residence permit with you and allow the Tax Agency – Skatteverket to compare the information in your residence permit with the information in your application.
The second option is to bring a family member, friend or employer (a so called attestor) with you when you apply. You will also need to tell them your personal number – personnummer. You will be photographed and measured at the office.
Last but not least, the ID-card from Skatteverket comes with an e-identification function. This might be quite useful, especially if you wish to use the e-services that many government offices offer.
Processing times are generally about two weeks. If something in your application needs to be investigated, it may take longer. You will receive a letter from Skatteverket when your card is ready. You need to collect your ID-card in person and within two months. Remember to bring your letter with you.
More information on how to apply
Note: the letter contains your PIN and PUK that you will need for your e-identification. Don’t bring this part of the letter with you when you collect your ID-card. Never keep your codes together with your ID-card.
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