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Identification service for foreign citizens - Identification service will replace Katso identification

11.6.2020 11.47 | Published in English on 11.6.2020 at 13.23
Press release

The foreign citizen identification service was introduced on 11 June.

Who is the identification service intended for?

Identification using the Finnish Authenticator Identification Service is intended only for those foreign citizens representing a foreign organisation who currently use Katso identification, do not have a Finnish personal identity code and will have to give up using Katso by the end of this year. The service will replace the identification service of Katso for this group of users. 

The application can be used for logging into the e-service only it the e-service in question has enabled this in its service and has introduced logging in using Finnish Authenticator as part of e-Identification.To be able to use the different e-services, the person representing a foreign company must also apply for the required mandates in e-Authorizations.

How is the identification service used?

In the Finnish Authenticator Identification Service, foreign citizens register their foreigner’s identifier and verify their identity using the Finnish Authenticator app. In connection with initial identification, the user takes a photo of the passport or national identity card and a photo of himself or herself. The identification service will confirm the person’s identity if the information in the identity document and the photo match.

After registering and initiating the use of the application, foreign citizens can log into the e-service using their user ID, password and application PIN.

Identification has been implemented in connection with e-Identification. The Finnish Authenticator Identification Service is not a strong electronic identification service.

More information about Finnish Authenticator Identification Service

Impacts on e-services

The new Finnish Authenticator Identification Service requires the introduction of a new unique personal identifier in the systems. e-Authorizations