Identification without Finnish ID - eIDAS identification for EU citizens

The Tax Administration's e-services require identification and authentication via a Finnish personal ID. However, some EU citizens can use their home country's national identification methods to access the services through eIDAS identification.

eIDAS stands for electronic identification, authentication and trust services. eIDAS is an EU regulation designed to ensure up-to-date and internationally admissible standards of digital identity and trust verification and validation.

eIDAS came into force in September 2014. The regulation has been applied in phases since July 2016, and it became fully operational on 29 September 2018. Since that date, every EU citizen with a notified national identification method (such as a national identity card) can use it to identify and/or authenticate themselves to access public services available in other EU countries where similar eIDs exist.

Before an identification method is accepted for use in the cross-border eIDAS network, it must be notified. eIDAS identification requirements and peer review verify that each country's identification tool meets the required security level and can be trusted across state borders.

Not all identification methods are notified at the same time. The notification process will be carried out gradually in the next few years as different eIDAS countries and providers of identification tools are able to take part in it.

The Tax Administration's e-services do not support eIDAS identification yet, but eIDAS users can fill in a service request form. The form is a temporary solution until full support for eIDAS identification has been implemented. The service request form is displayed after eIDAS identification.