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Passport and ID card

In Sweden, there are two official documents valid for proving your identity, passport or national ID card. The Swedish identity card is an approved form of identification within Sweden.

Passport and National ID card

If you come from outside the EU/EEA, a passport is the only valid document. In some cases you may also need a visa together with your passport. For EU/EEA citizens, it is sufficient to have a national ID card.

Swedish identity card

As a Swedish resident, you can obtain a Swedish identity card from the Swedish Tax Agency. The Swedish identity card is an approved form of identification within Sweden. To be able to apply for an Swedish identity card, you must be registered as living in Sweden. You can use the Swedish identity card as proof of your age and identity at places such as the pharmacy, bank or in shops.

When you apply for an Swedish identity card, which will have your photo and personal identity number, you willl need to make sure you have the proper identification with you (usually your passport and your residence permit card). You must apply in person at the local tax office (Skattekontoret) and you should expect this process to take a while, usually about two weeks.

Read more about how to apply for a Swedish identity card at the Swedish Tax Agencyexternal link

Updated 2017-03-27