Personal identity code

The Finnish personal identity code is used for identification purposes and needed for the payment of wages, salaries and fees. It is also needed in banks, hospitals, offices of different authorities and applying for pension and other benefits.

The personal identity code is more specific identification than just a name. Several people may have the exact same name but there are no two persons with exactly the same personal identity code. The code remains unchanged throughout the person’s lifetime.

Personal identity code was formerly known as a social security number. Nowadays it has nothing to do with the Finnish social security and is only used for identification purposes.

The Finnish personal identity code can be requested at the tax office, at a local register office and at Finnish missions abroad when you are submitting an application for a residence permit.

If you come from outside EU/EEA countries it is recommended that you request the Finnish personal identity code when submitting the residence permit application. For EU/EEA/Swiss citizens the Finnish personal identity code is normally applied at the tax office in connection with the tax card application.

International Staff Services will assist you in appyling for the Finnish personal identity code, if you do not have it when arriving in Finland.