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Approved ID documents when applying for an ID card

When you apply for an ID card, you can prove your identity with an approved and valid identification document. An approved Swedish ID document contains a photograph, personal identity number, full name, signature and validity period.

Read more about the Swedish ID documents approved for:

Swedish Citizens

The following ID documents are approved for proving your identity:

  • ID card issued by the Swedish Tax Agency
  • Swedish passport with a burgundy red cover
  • Swedish national ID card
  • Swedish driving licence
  • Swedish SIS-marked ID card issued by a bank, a company or a government agency, for example.
  • Swedish service record issued by a State authority
Bild på godkänd svensk id-handling

An approved Swedish ID document contains a photograph, signature, personal identity number, full name and validity period.

Citizens from an EU/EEA country

The following ID documents are approved forms of identification:

  • ID card issued by the Swedish Tax Agency
  • Swedish driving licence
  • Swedish SIS-marked ID card issued for example by a bank, a company or an authority
  • Swedish service record issued by a State authority
  • EU passport issued as of 1 September 2006 or later

This is what an EU passport looks like

An EU passport is issued by a European Union country and falls under the joint EC Regulation 2252/2004. An EU passport can be recognised in the following ways:

  • It often has a burgundy red cover and the words “European Union” (in any language) written on the front.
  • It has the biometrics symbol on the front cover (see picture below). This means that the passport contains a microchip with biometric information about the person, such as information about unique physical qualities like fingerprints.
EU-pass med symbolen för biometri

As of 1 September 2006, passports issued by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland meet the same security standards as EU passports, and are therefore approved ID documents.

ID cards from other countries are not valid

On the other hand, national ID cards from a different country are not approved ID documents and cannot be used as proof of your identity. This is because national ID cards are not covered by a common standard in the joint EC Regulation 2252/2004.

Citizens of other countries

The following ID documents are approved forms of identification:

  • ID card issued by the Swedish Tax Agency
  • Swedish driving licence
  • Swedish SIS-marked ID card issued for example by a bank, a company or an authority
  • Swedish service record issued by a State authority
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