Finnish personal IDs for workers arriving in Finland

You will receive a Finnish personal ID when you are entered in the Population Information Register. The register is maintained by the Population Register Centre and local register offices. As a foreign citizen you can request a Finnish personal ID from a local register office or another office authorised to issue personal IDs. You must visit the office in person.

In addition to local register offices, personal IDs are issued by the Tax Administration, Finnish missions in foreign countries and the Immigration Service. You can request a personal ID from a Finnish mission or the Immigration Service when you request a residence permit or, if you are from an EU country, registration of your stay.

Getting a personal ID from the Tax Administration

You can ask the Tax Administration to issue a personal ID for you if you need it for a tax-related reason, such as working in Finland. In order to get a personal ID you will have to visit a tax office in person. Personal IDs can only be issued at certain tax offices. See the list of tax offices that issue personal IDs

You must fill in Form 6150e (Registration information on a foreigner staying in Finland temporarily) to get your personal ID.

If you are issued a personal ID by the Tax Administration, the following personal details will be entered in the Population Information Register:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • address in Finland
  • citizenship
  • native language
  • occupation

Bring these documents to the tax office:

  • a valid passport or official proof of identity with a photograph, from which you can be easily identified
  • a certificate of residence rights from the Finnish Immigration Service, if you have already been in Finland for more than three months – for more information, visit the Finnish Immigration Service website.
  • if your employment contract does not describe the work to be done in Finland, your employer must write a report that includes the following information:
    • name of employee and name of employer
    • what work you do in Finland
    • the time period you will be working in Finland
    • the place where the work will be done
    • who in Finland ordered the work

Bring these documents to the tax office:

  • a valid passport from which you can be easily identified
  • a valid residence permit, or visa if necessary (this depends on the length of your stay and on the county of your citizenship)
  • your employment contract
  • if your employment contract does not describe the work to be done in Finland, your employer must write a report that includes the following information:
    • name of employee and name of employer
    • what work you do in Finland
    • the time period you will be working in Finland
    • the place where the work will be done
    • who in Finland ordered the work

If you come from outside the EU and the EEA, you will usually need a work permit to work in Finland. Your right to work is stated on your residence permit.

Read more on work rights and residence permits on the the Finnish Immigration Service website

Information needed for taxation

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

Staying longer?

If you are going to stay for longer than 1 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. More information on domiciles is available at Local Register Offices

More information about taxation and getting a tax card

If you work at a construction site, you also need a tax number. More information about tax numbers

 

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