The service is intended for citizens of the Slovak Republic residing abroad. Through the service, it is possible to submit a request for an identity card to the relevant consular office of the Slovak Republic, where the applicant schedules a meeting to process the application based on the country of residence – a list of consular offices is available. The output of the service is the issuance of an identity card to the citizens of the Slovak Republic residing abroad. In the case of using an eID card, communication with the citizen takes place through the eDesk mailbox, speeding up the application process and significantly reducing the risk of the applicant having to visit the consular office multiple times. However, the service can also be utilized without an eID card, and the guaranteed electronic signature of the citizen is not required for processing the electronic form. The service is available 24 hours a day.
The service incurs a fee at the consular office. The fee amount is determined by the respective consular office in the local currency based on the country of residence of the consular office. The current fee schedule can be found here. More information about fees for individual consular offices is available on the websites of each consular office – list of consular offices.
For a citizen who has been incapacitated, the request is submitted by their legal guardian.
The following documents are required for the successful processing of the service:
- Previously issued identity card (if applicable)
- Birth certificate, the document confirming the birth number if not stated on the birth certificate
- Document confirming citizenship
- Registry document of a name change issued in the Slovak Republic
- Residence confirmation; a citizen residing abroad submits a residence confirmation issued by an office abroad
- Additional documents confirming information on the identity card if not already stated in the previous identity card
- Document proving the relationship, if the application is submitted by a parent who is not a Slovak citizen
- The consular office may request additional documents as required by law if needed for the proper processing of the application The application is submitted in person by the applicant, and for a child, the legal representative submits the application (the child must be present when submitting the application).
The citizen to whom the identity card is to be issued must undergo facial scanning and signature capture.
Documents must be submitted in the original, a certified copy, or an authenticated copy.
The deadline for issuing an identity card is 30 days. This period does not include delivery to the consular office.
Steps for using the electronic service:
- The following brief steps outline what needs to be done to use the electronic service for requesting an identity card abroad. A detailed description of using electronic services provided by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic can be found in the User Manual for Electronic Services, available on the application submission page.
- Completion of the electronic form (this step is optional, but submitting a completed electronic form will shorten your time spent at the consular office)
- Reservation of a meeting at the respective consular office – after submitting the reservation, you will receive a message in your eDesk mailbox (or email) confirming the meeting reservation. To make the reservation valid, it must be confirmed. If your identity documents are nearing expiration, reserve a meeting at the consular office as soon as possible.
- Submission of the electronic form and reservation to the respective consular office
Steps after using the electronic service:
- If you have submitted an electronic form for an identity card and a reservation, you will need to perform the following activities: Communication with a consular office employee – if the submitted electronic form has deficiencies, the consular office employee will contact you to resolve discrepancies before you visit the consular office. Communication will take place through the eDesk mailbox if you submitted the application after logging in with your eID card or through the email you provided in the contact details if you were not logged in. Visit to the consular office – come to the consular office at the reserved time, presenting all the necessary documents listed in the service description. During the visit, your biometric data will be scanned, and you will sign the identity card application, pre-filled if you submitted a completed electronic form with the reservation. The applicant must bring all the necessary documents listed in the service description and on the form. Without these documents, the application may not be successfully processed during the meeting. Receiving the identity card – the consular office will deliver the identity card, issued based on the application submitted at the consular office, to the consular office where you will pick it up. Another citizen can pick up the identity card after presenting their identity card and power of attorney for representation with a notarized signature, which they submit to the consular office. For a citizen incapacitated, the legal guardian receives the identity card and confirms the receipt with their signature. If the guardian is not a citizen of the Slovak Republic, they present an identification document issued by the respective country and a document proving the guardianship over the person incapacitated.
- Basic Information.
- Mandatory Fee Yes. Reservation Required Yes.
- Legislation The service is provided according to Act No. 395/2019 Coll. on identity cards and amending certain laws, as amended.