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ID Card

Important Information regarding ID Cards

The Swedish Tax Agency has changed ID Card supplier with effect from 4th March 2013.

If You have any queries or concerns please contact Skatteupplysningen, 0771-567 567.

Conditions for applying

How to apply
How to obtain your card when it´s ready
Offices that issue ID cards (addresses)
If you lose your card
Checking other issuers´ cards

You may apply to Skatteverket for an ID card (identity card). To apply you must:

  • Go to a Tax Agency office.
  • Have paid the application fee before you visit  the office.
  • Be able to prove your identity by an ID document, i.e. provide evidence of who you are.
  • Be registered as living in Sweden.
  • Be at least 13 years of age.
  • Have your parent/guardian´s approval if you are less than 18 years of age.

We recommend that you carefully read through the terms and conditions for applying before you go to the office.

You can apply for your ID card even if you or your attestor have protected personal data. If so, contact your protected data case officer before applying.

You can use your card in many situations

Your ID card can be used to confirm your age and prove your identity, for example when collecting prescription medication at a pharmacy, paying by card in a shop or conducting banking business.

The card also incorporates e-identification. That may be used, if you wish, to avail yourself of the e-services that many government agencies offer, for example for filing your income tax return or notifying a change of address. You use your e-identification by entering a PIN code that you receive by letter through the post at your home. To be able to use your e-identification, you also need a computer, a card reader and a program you can download from the Internet. For more information, visit Telia´s Website.

You cannot use your ID card instead of a passport when you travel abroad.

Conditions for applying

We recommend that you carefully read through the following before you go to a Skatteverket office to apply. Otherwise, you may find that you are not prepared when you arrive at the office and then it will take longer to obtain your card. If you have not paid your application fee before going to the office, you will not be permitted to apply.

You have to pay your application fee in advance

The fee for applying for an ID card is SEK 400. You have to pay in good time to ensure that we receive your fee before you come to the Skatteverket office. Remember that it takes at least one working day for your payment to arrive. Keep the receipt for your payment as you will have to show it when you go the office.

Pay your fee into either of the following accounts:

  • Bankgiro 389-0100 or
  • Plusgiro 50 40 62-1.

If you pay via the Internet: remember to quote your personal identity number in the field for messages/other information. Print out confirmation of the payment, as you will have to show it when you go to the office.

When paying from abroad, use the following codes:

  • IBAN (International Bank Account Number): SE30 9500 0099 6034 0504 0621
  • Swift/BIC: NDEASESS

You must be able to prove who you are

Your ID card must meet the security requirements that apply to ID documents in Sweden. This means that you must confirm your identity to obtain your card.

When you visit the Tax Agency office you must be able to provide evidence of who you are, usually by showing an approved ID document. If you do not have an approved ID document but you have a valid Swedish resident permit, then you can allow the Tax Agency to compare the information you have given in your application with the information registered at Migrationsverket (the Swedish Migration Board). Another alternative is to take someone with you when you apply. That person (an attestor) must be prepared to certify in writing the information contained in your application and must be able to prove his or her identity by showing an approved ID document.

You must be registered as living in Sweden

To be eligible to apply for an ID card, you must be registered as living in Sweden. This means in turn that you must have a personal identify number.

We check your registration details in our systems when you come to the office. This means that you do not need to bring a civil registration certificate with you.

You must be at least 13 years of age

To be apply for an ID card, you must be at least 13 years of age.

If you are less than 18 years of age, you must have your parent/guardian´s consent

If you are less than 18 years of age, you must have your parent/guardian´s consent to apply for an ID card. If you have two parents/guardians, you must have the permission of both. At least one parent/guardian must accompany you on your visit to the Skatteverket office.

Your parent/guardian must give his/her permission by completing and signing form SKV 1502. If you have two parents/guardians, remember that one of them must sign the form in advance if both cannot accompany you to the office when you apply.

Your payment is for Skatteverket to examine your application. As a result, your fee will not be refunded if your application is rejected.

Approved ID documents

Citizen in Sweden

The following ID documents are approved as a means of proving your identity:

  • An ID card issued by Skatteverket
  • A Swedish passport in a maroon cover.
  • A Swedish national ID card
  • A Swedish driving licence
  • A Swedish, SIS-marked ID card issued, for example, by a bank, a company, a government agency or Svensk Kassaservice (Swedish Cashier Service)
  • A Swedish professional identity card (without an SIS mark) issued by a government agency as of autumn 2009.
Bild på godkänd svensk id-handling
An approved Swedish ID document contains a photograph, signature, personal identity number, name in full and period of validity.
Your ID document must be valid. However, we will accept ID documents which expired no more than three months before your application.

Citizen of EU / EEA country

  • An ID card issued by Skatteverket
  • A Swedish driving licence
  • A Swedish, SIS-marked ID card issued, for example, by a bank, a company, a government agency or Svensk Kassaservice (Swedish Cashier Service)
  • A Swedish professional identity card (without an SIS mark) issued by a government agency as of autumn 2009.

In addition, a so-called valid EU passport issued on or after 1 September 2006 will be accepted as document proving your identity. An EU passport falls within the scope of EC Council Regulation 2252/2004. This means that it fulfils the requirement of a reasonable standard of security.

  • An EU passport has burgundy coloured cover and the words European Union (in the country's official lanquage(s)) on the front.
  • An EU passport is characterized by the symbol used for biometrics (see illustration below). This means that the passport contains a microchip containing biometric information about the person, ie. unique physical properties, such as fingerprints.
EU-pass med symbolen för biometri
  • A passport issued by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland on or after 1 September 2006 have the same standard of security as a European passport and is therefore an approved identification card.

Citizens of other countries

  • An ID card issued by Skatteverket
  • A Swedish driving licence
  • A Swedish, SIS-marked ID card issued, for example, by a bank, a company, a government agency or Svensk Kassaservice (Swedish Cashier Service)
  • A Swedish professional identity card (without an SIS mark) issued by a government agency as of autumn 2009.

Residence Permits

Beginning 1 October 2010, anyone who has a permit to reside in Sweden but cannot prove their identity with approved ID documentation can allow the Tax Agency to compare the information in their application with the corresponding information at the Migration Board. The information the Tax Agency will compare is the name, height, photo, signature, travel documents, and proof of residence permit. It is therefore important to bring both your passport with you and your proof of residence permit. If you wish to prove your identity this way, you must state this when applying.

Approved attestors

An approved attestor must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Accompany you when you go to the Skatteverket office
  • Know you well and be able to prove his/her relationship with you
  • Be able to identify himself/herself by showing an approved ID document
  • Certify your personal data in writing and confirm that your photograph on your application is correct. The form may be completed in advance, but must always be signed by the attestor at the office at the time of submitting the application.

Any of the following people may act as your attestor:

  • Your spouse or registered partner
  • Your child or grandchild, if at least 18 years of age
  • Your parent/guardian
  • Your brother/sister or half-brother/half-sister, if at least 18 years of age
  • Your maternal or paternal grandparent.

The person who under the Swedish Cohabitation Act is considered your cohabitant will also be accepted as your attestor. For you and your attestor to be considered as cohabitants, all of the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • You are permanently cohabiting or have children together. As a rule of thumb, you should have cohabited for at least six months.
  • You have a relationship as a couple.
  • You have a joint household, meaning that you share tasks and expenditure.

Finally, any of the following persons may act as an attestor if he or she can present a decision or certificate showing the relationship you have with each other:

  • A trustee or administrator
  • A foster home parent
  • An official at a local or central government agency, with whom you have a professional relationship, for example, a social welfare secretary, introductions officer (or equivalent), head of department or international supervisor at a government institute of higher education
  • Your employer for at least a year.

Balanced assessment

If you are unsure about whether you fulfil all of the requirements, you may still submit an application. The Tax Agency will make a balanced assessment of the information provided in your application; for example, a relationship that has been terminated, a foreign passportor or a decision on residence permit from Migrationsverket (the Swedish Migration Board). We will, if necessary verify the information with other authorities or ask you to provide additional information that can be used to verify your identity.

This payment is the fee that the Tax Agency charges to consider your application. That means that you will not receive a refund if the Tax Agency decides to refuse your application.

How to apply

Visit one of the offices that issues ID cards. Take the following items with you to the office:

  • A receipt for payment of the application fee. If you have paid via the Internet, take a printout of the confirmation of payment. If you cannot prove that you have paid in advance, we cannot accept your application.
  • An approved ID document.  If you do not have an approwed ID document you can bring a foreign passport and your proof of residence permit. You can also show your identity by bringing an approved attestor or other documents that you believe could be used in a balanced assessment.
  • Your parent/guardian if you are aged 18 years or less.

Do not take a photograph with you. You will be photographed at the office.

What will happen when you go to the office:

  1. You will be asked to show a receipt for payment of the application fee.
  2. You will be asked to prove your identity.
  3. You make an online application when you visit the office. If you are accompanied by an attestor, that person must complete and sign the form ID card, certifier (SKV 1503) during the visit to the office.
  4. If you are aged less than 18 years, the form Identitetskort med e-legitimation, vårdnadshavares medgivande (Application for identity card with electronic identification, parent/guardian´s consent) (SKV 1502). If you have two guardians, the form has to be signed by both.
  5. You will be photographed and your height measured.
  6. You will have to sign and approve an order document containing the information that will be used during the production of the card and will be displayed on the card. You will also be asked to read Telia´s terms and conditions for e-identification in Swedish (SKV 1598) or English (SKV 1598B).

How you receive your card when it´s ready

It normally takes about two weeks before the card is ready. If something in your application needs to be investigated further, it may take longer.

The Swedish Tax Agency will write to you when the card is ready. Your card will then be available to collect from the customer service section. You must collect your ID card in person and bring the letter of notification with you. You need to contact the Swedish Tax Agency if you are unable to collect your ID card within two months.

The letter will also contain your PIN and PUK codes for the e-identification options associated with your ID card. You should not bring this part of the letter with you when you collect your ID card. Never keep the codes together with your ID card. The codes must be kept in a safe place in the same way as a document of value.

If you are wondering why you have not received a letter, call the Swedish Tax Agency who will be able to advise you why there is a delay with your card.

This is what the letter from the Swedish Tax Agency looks like:

 

Period of validity of the card

The card is valid for five years (if it is not blocked before, due to having been stolen for example).

Offices that issue ID cards (addresses)

You may apply for an ID card at the following offices:

Borlänge
Eskilstuna
Gävle 
Göteborg, Rosenlund
Halmstad 
Helsingborg 
Jönköping  
Kalmar
Karlskrona
Karlstad 
Kiruna
Linköping 
Luleå 
Malmö 
Norrköping
Sollefteå
Stockholm
Sundsvall 
Södertälje 
Trollhättan
Umeå 
Uppsala 
Visby  
Västerås  
Växjö  
Örebro  
Östersund

You can also ask to collect your id-card at the following offices:

Arvidsjaur
Gällivare
Haparanda
Härnösand
Kramfors
Lycksele
Piteå
Skellefteå
Strömsund
Sveg
Vilhelmina
Örnsköldsvik

If you need to contact us

In certain particular situations, it is no problem to contact us to make an appointment with an official, who will be able to inform you about ID cards during an in-person meeting or by telephone. This may be necessary, for example, if:

  • You have a functional impairment
  • A municipality or other body needs information to be able in turn to provide information to others.

Complete this form if you would like an in-person contact with us. You will be contacted by an official by telephone or e-mail.

If you lose your card

If you lose your card, you must immediately call Tel. 020-32 32 62 to have a freeze put on the card in order to prevent anyone else from using it. If your card is stolen, you must also inform the police.
 
If your card comes apart, contact Skatteverket. Write a letter to Skatteverket, Id-kortssektionen, 106 61 Stockholm. In your letter, explain how your card came apart and how you kept it during the time it was in your possession. You cannot put a freeze on the card.

Checking other issuers´ cards

If you work for a bank and wonder if a freeze has been put on an ID card, you can call Tel. 08‑530 835 13, to check via information on the card whether it is valid or not.

Swedish Tax Agency issues ID cards
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