How e-identification works
E-identification is an online document with which you can verify your identity on a computer, smartphone or tablet. E-identification may be useful or necessary when you purchase a product, use an online service, call an authority, contact your bank, etc. It can also be used to electronically sign a document.
E-identification works like the physical ID card, passport or driving licence that you show when picking up a package, boarding an international flight, etc.
Providers of e-identification
Private individuals currently have access to e-identification from four providers:
- AB Svenska Pass (in Swedish) External link.
- BankID External link.
- Freja eID Plus External link.
- Telia E-identification External link. - (not obtainable since autumn 2017 but issued e-identifications are valid until they expire.)
We will not discuss e-identification that you receive from your employer on this website.
Svensk e-legitimation - a government stamp of approval and reliability
The provider of an e-identification can apply for approval in accordance with Svensk e-legitimation. DIGG, The agency for digital government, checks it for reliability.
Three e-identification providers have received the stamp of approval at this point:
- AB Svenska Pass
- Freja eID Plus
An e-signature ensures that you have signed a document and that nobody has subsequently changed it.
Typical situations in which you provide an e-signature with your e-identification, even if you are not aware of it, are when you file a return on the Tax Agency website or use BankID to Swish money to someone.
Always make sure to read the text in your e-identification and the e-service you are using before you use your e-identification. You will notice that it is an e-signature when for example it says "Jag godkänner" (I approve) or "Jag skriver under" (I sign) in your e-identification or in the e-service you have logged in to.