Mobile-ID is an electronic identity document that is fully state-supported in Estonia and gaining popularity fast in Lithuania. Its online usage is very similar to ID-card – but without the need for a smart-card reader. You can use it to authenticate yourself (i.e. log in to banks, websites, state services etc) and to sign documents (confirm transactions, sign legally binding agreements etc).
Requirements for using Mobile-ID
Mobile-ID is a SIM-card based solution – so you need a service agreement with your mobile operator, and a specific SIM-card.
What’s best: once activated, you can use it across devices. For example you may want to access your online bank via your computer, just start the logging in process by selecting Mobile-ID, type in your phone number and authenticate the request from your mobile phone.
Can you use Mobile-ID when traveling?
Yes, of course! Mobile-ID uses one or two SMS-s for each transaction, so as long as you have access to your mobile phone, you’ll be good to go – even when roaming!
Can minors use Mobile-ID?
General minimum age required for Mobile-ID is 7, but each mobile operator may set their own age specific limitations: please check with them.
Do I need to visit the Police to activate Mobile-ID?
No, that was the old process – you no longer need to visit the Police and Border Guard service points to start using your Mobile-ID. All of the information will be provided by your mobile operator who will also be activating the certificates.
Can more than one person use the same Mobile-ID?
No! It is an official identity document and only the person it’s assigned to is allowed to use it.