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E-Certificate and its Duplicate

Citizenship examination certificates are issued in the electronic format. Certificates are not issued in hard copy.

– Recommendations on downloading e-certificates from the state portal eesti.ee and recommendations for third parties (incl. employers) on checking e-certificates through the state portal eesti.ee

Electronic certificates are available on the state portal www.eesti.ee and can be downloaded. It must be noted though that downloading the Estonian language proficiency examination certificate or citizenship examination certificate is not mandatory. The person who has taken the examination will receive the notice, stating the results and the unique number of the certificate issued to him or her, in hard copy by post or by e-mail. For example, knowing one’s certificate number and personal ID number is sufficient for proving one’s language proficiency to the employer. The employer can use the above data to check whether the certificate is valid through the state portal.

Opportunities for fast and easy checking of e-certificates have also been created for officials (language inspectors, notaries, relevant employees of the citizenship and migration divisions of the Police and Border Guard Board).

The state portal eesti.ee is already used extensively for registering for the Estonian language proficiency examinations and examinations on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia, with approximately 60% of examinees registering on the internet. This is what fostered the transition to e-certificates. The e-certificate is much more convenient for the user than the paper certificate, saving both time and money. Previously, the person who had passed the Estonian language proficiency examination or examination on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia had to collect the certificate in person at the examination point in Tallinn, Narva, Tartu or Jõhvi. For people from other locations it implied travelling the same route twice as well as double costs and time: first to take the examination, and then to collect the certificate.

The electronic certificate has the same legal force as the certificate in hard copy. The e-certificate is supplemented with a digital stamp, which guarantees that the document is authentic.

All the certificates issued in hard copy remain valid; if the certificate has been lost or destroyed, the examination centre will issue a new e-certificates as a replacement.

More detailed information about using the e-certificate is available on the examination centre’s web page and the state portal eesti.ee in the section concerning the service. Explanations and the necessary instructions are also attached to each examination notice and performance notice.

NB! Innove customer service office (Tallinn, Lõõtsa 4) provides certified printouts of e-certificates upon request. This is a paid service: one A4 page – 1 euro. Payments are to be made on site in cash only.

Recommendations on downloading the e-certificate from the state portal eesti.ee

1. Make sure that the “DigiDoc klient” software and PDF viewing software are installed on your computer. You will need it for viewing or downloading your e-certificate.
2. “DigiDoc klient” can be downloaded for free at https://installer.id.ee
3. A PDF document viewer can be downloaded for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
4. Set up your web browser. We recommend using the Mozilla Firefox web browser. If you are using Internet Explorer, you will need to download the software twice, which results from software peculiarities.
5. Enter the state portal www.eesti.ee using your ID card or online banking passwords.
6. Choose the “For a Citizen” section, and then go to “Education and Science” or “The State and the Citizen” to view the data of the Estonian language proficiency examination.
7. Follow the instructions on the screen accurately. Each step of the downloading process will require some time.
8. The certificate is signed by Foundation Innove and downloaded in the “digidoc” container.
9. Please remember that downloading or printing out the electronic certificate is not mandatory. It will suffice if you provide the employer or official with your personal ID code and the certificate number to prove your language proficiency.
10. Downloading or printing out the electronic certificate is not mandatory for applying for the Estonian citizenship.

Recommendations for third persons (incl. employers) on checking e-certificates on the state portal eesti.ee

The service allows third persons (incl. employers) to check the validity of the data in the certificate. The service allows checking the e-certificates of the Estonian language proficiency examinations and examinations on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia that have been issued after 1 October 2010.

1. Make sure that the “DigiDoc klient” software and PDF viewing software are installed on your computer. You will need it for checking the validity of the e-certificate.
2. “DigiDoc klient” can be downloaded for free at https://installer.id.ee
3. A PDF document viewer can be downloaded for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
4. Enter the state portal www.eesti.ee using your ID card or online banking passwords.
5. Choose the “For a Citizen” section, and then go to “Education and Science” or “The State and the Citizen” to view the data of the Estonian language proficiency examination.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen accurately. The certificate holder will need to have provided you with his or her personal ID code and the certificate number for you to check the certificate validity. When you have entered the above numbers, the person’s name and the certificate data status will be displayed.

Duplicate

In case your certificate of the examination on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you do not have to take the examination again: there is an option of requesting a duplicate.  The duplicate has the same legal force as the original.

A duplicate may be requested in the following cases

  • the text of the initial document has become barely legible;
  • discrepancies or misrepresentation of the data entered in the initial document have been discovered;
  • the initial document has been destroyed, lost or stolen.

The person wishing to request a duplicate is to file an application with Foundation Innove for the duplicate to be issued, stating the following information:

  • the applicant’s first name and surname
  • personal ID code
  • address, contact telephone number
  • which examination certificate duplicate is requested (examination on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia)
  • the date of filing the application and signature

If the text of the initial document has become barely legible or discrepancies or misrepresentation of the data entered in the initial document have been discovered, the initial document is to be attached to the application.

Foundation Innove will issue the duplicate within 30 days after the application has been filed. Foundation Innove will contact the applicant when the duplicate is ready.

Duplicates have been issued in the form of e-certificates since 1 October 2010. The electronic certificate can be downloaded from the state portal www.eesti.ee.

The issuing of a duplicate shall be denied in case one of the following is identified:

1. the applicant has submitted false data;

2. there is no data about the issuing of the initial document;

3. there are no grounds for issuing the duplicate.

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