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Finnish personal identity codes for workers arriving in Finland

Date of issue: 1/16/2016
Validity: In force until further notice

More than 5 foreign citizens who need tax registration are arriving to a worksite or farm

Please contact the Tax Administration in advance if more than 5 foreign citizens are arriving to your worksite or berry farm to pick berries. They may need Finnish personal identity codes, tax cards and/or individual Tax Numbers. Contact us in advance to facilitate planning.

Form for making an appointment

When you have sent the form to the Tax Administration you get an automatic acknowledgement of receipt. One of our employees will send you a message or call you in 2 business days.

People who arrive in Finland can receive their Finnish personal identity code when their personal details are entered into the register system kept by the Population Register Centre and by the Local Register Office. Foreign citizens may get the code if they visit the Local Register Office in person, in the district where they are living/staying, or they can get the codes from an office of another authority that grants them.

These authorities are the Tax Administration, Finnish embassies/missions in foreign countries and the Immigration Service. You can submit an application for the code to an embassy/mission or to the Immigration Service when you request a residence permit or registration of your stay (if you are from an EU country).

Personal identity codes provided by the Tax Administration

You can ask the tax office to issue the code to you if you need it for a tax-related reason such as because you have started working.  To get the personal identity code you must go to a tax office yourself. Not all tax offices handle these requests.  For more information, see the bottom of this page.

If you visit the tax office, some of the details you give are entered in the Population Register: they include the usual personal details: full name, date of birth, gender, place of birth, citizenship, native language and occupation.

Complete Form: 6150e, Registration information on a foreigner staying in Finland temporarily

The registration form also includes questions through which the Tax Administration collects information for its own use, such as the Name of the employer or customer for whom the foreign citizen will be working, Length of stay in Finland, Start and End Dates of working in Finland, Estimated amounts of wages or compensation and Employment Status (whether they work under an employee-leasing contract, under an employment contract or as independent contractors who are self-employed). We recommend that applicants fill out the registration form in advance before they bring it to the local tax office. Application forms for tax cards:

When you come to the tax office, bring enough documentation to help the tax office confirm your identity and examine your registration.  The exact documentation requirements vary, depending on the country where you are a citizen. See below.

Citizens of EU member states or EEA countries

Required documentation:

1. Your passport that continues to be valid or alternatively an official identity card of a Schengen country with a photo that enables easy identification and comparison.

2. If more than three months have elapsed after arrival in Finland, certificates of registration of a foreign citizen's residence permit will also be required. As noted above, this is not necessary if you arrived less than three months ago. For more information, click "Registering a right of residence" — Oleskeluoikeuden rekisteröinti (www.poliisi.fi).

3. Your employment contract or another written explanation of the main terms and conditions of the employer/employee relationship in respect of the work being done in Finland. This documentation is necessary because it provides confirmation that there is a justified reason for the authorities to issue a personal identity code and to enter the data in the registers concerned.

You are from an EU country or from an EEA member country

Documents that you must have with you:

  • Your passport that continues to be valid or alternatively an official identity card with a photo that enables easy identification and comparison
  • If more than three months have elapsed after arrival in Finland, certificates of registration at the Immigration Service of a foreign citizen's residence permit are required. For more information, visit migri.fi
  • Your employment contract or another written account of the main terms and conditions of the work being done in Finland

You are from a non-EU, non-EEA country

Documents that you must have with you:

  • A valid passport featuring a photo that enables easy identification and comparison
  • A valid residence permit, or visa if necessary (this depends on the length of your stay and on the county of your citizenship)
  • An employment contract or another written account of the main terms and conditions of the employment i.e. the work you do in Finland
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  • If you are a citizen of a non-EU country or a non-EEA country, you must normally have a work permit valid when you work in Finland.  Your right to work is marked in the text of the residence permit.  

For more information on work and residence permits, visit the www. migri. fi website of the immigration office.

When you visit the tax office, some of the information you submit will be recorded by the Tax Administration for purposes of your taxes.  For this reason, it is a good idea to fill in one of the following application forms in advance:

  • If staying for a shorter time than six months: Completed Form 5057e (Application for a nonresident taxpayer's tax-at-source card, prepayment calculation, tax card)

  • If staying longer than six months: Completed Form 5042a (Application for a tax card/prepayment calculation – Current or previous foreign residents, arriving to Finland for longer than 6 months)

Staying longer?

If you are going to stay longer than a year, you can get the right to be registered in a Finnish municipality of domicile.  The Local Register Office will look into your case from the perspective of the legal requirements in order to ascertain whether a Finnish municipality should be included in the data records as your municipality of domicile. For more information on the meaning of domicile, visit www.maistraatti.fi.

Read more about taxes and getting a tax card

If you work at a construction site, you also need an individual Tax Number.

The following tax offices handle applications for identity codes

Ahvenanmaan verotoimisto: Maarianhamina 
Länsi-Suomen verotoimisto: Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Närpiö, Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Ylivieska
Kaakkois-Suomen verotoimisto: Imatra, Lappeenranta, Kotka, Kouvola, Lahti, Savonlinna
Itä-Suomen verotoimisto: Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Iisalmi, Kuopio, Varkaus 
Pohjois-Suomen verotoimisto: Raahe, Rovaniemi, Sodankylä, Kittilä, Kemi, Kuusamo, Oulu, Ivalo
Sisä-Suomen verotoimisto: Tampere, Hämeenlinna 
Pääkaupunkiseudun verotoimisto
Uudenmaan verotoimisto: Järvenpää, Lohja, Porvoo
Lounais-Suomen verotoimisto: Salo, Turku, Rauma, Pori



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