A Maltese ID card application is important and opens many doors for you

Updated on 10.10.2023

After moving to Malta, you will need a Maltese ID Card after 3 months at the latest. We show you the smooth and time-saving procedure. With the step-by-step instructions, you are well-prepared. Applying for the Malta ID Card does not take longer than necessary. We answer the most frequently asked questions under FAQ. We are constantly adding to your questions.

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Why apply for the Malta ID Card? — Short answer for quick readers

The Malta ID Card certifies that you live in Malta. In Malta, some services are not available digitally or are more expensive without a Maltese Residence Card.

  • Treatment at the doctor’s and emergency care at the hospital
  • Electronic health card
  • Open a bank account
  • From 1.10.2022 bus ticket (Tallinja Card) free of charge
  • Order Internet access, TV
  • Buying a car and car insurance
  • Business registration & tax return for freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs

If you are living in Malta for more than three months, you need this Malta Residence Document.

What are the requirements to apply for the Malta ID Card?

  • Valid passport, national identity document such as ID card
  • Residence in Malta
  • Proof of income or assets
  • Form A – Application for Residence Documentation
  • Form 1D1A – Identity Registration Form
  • GDPR form – Identity Malta

EU citizens use the right-side entrance. British citizens and citizens of non-EU countries enter the Identity Malta head office in Msida through the main entrance.

When can the ID Card be collected?

You will receive a temporary certificate immediately after your application for residence has been approved. A photo of you will be taken by the agency. You will be informed between two weeks and two months to pick up your ID Card. The counter opens Monday to Friday from 07:30–2:30 am.

Contact details and opening hours of Identity Malta Agency 2023:

Identity Malta Agency Head Office, Valley Road, Msida, MSD 9020.

Opening hours Mon – Fri: 07:15 – 2:30 am
EU: [email protected]
Non-EU: [email protected]
Brexit: [email protected]
Students: [email protected]
Individual Permit: [email protected]
Free Movement of Persons: [email protected]
Phone: (+356) 2590 4000
E-mail: [email protected]

Book appointment: www.identitymalta.com/booking/

Who can apply for an ID Card in Malta?

All persons over 16 years of age living in Malta can apply for the ID Card. As an EU citizen, you have freedom of movement within the EU. The Malta government expects immigrants to be “self-supporting”. If you work or receive a pension or annuity, you have a fixed income. If you are a student or have a “long-let contract” you need a minimum capital or sufficient additional income.

  • Capital of 14,000 Euro (married 23,300 Euro)
  • Minimum weekly income of 92.72 Euro (married 105.93 Euro)
  • If there are additional dependents, increase the amount.

After three months, the government of Malta may ask you to apply for the ID Card or Residence Document.

What is the difference between the e-ID Card and ID Card?

After the ID Card is issued, you will receive the pin if you have provided your e-mail address. The service of your ID Card includes the e-ID for everyday use by the authorities. With online access in connection, the ID Card activates the e-ID. With the e-ID you can retrieve your income tax certificates, check your health data and use other government services online.

Didn’t enter an email address when you applied for the ID Card?

No problem, contact [email protected] or call +356 25904300 and add the additional electronic services to your ID Card.

Are there any special ID Card rules for students?

EEA citizens and family members can study and live in Malta if they have sufficient finances to support themselves. EEA nationals can study and live with family members in Malta if they have sufficient finances to support themselves. Proof of health insurance is required. For the ID Card, students present proof of enrolment in a course.

What is the difference between the Maltese ID Card and the ID Card for foreigners?

The Maltese identity card is the ID card. For us foreigners, it is the Maltese residency card, colloquially also called the ID Card. It is the proof of residence in Malta. Maltese nationals retain their ID card even if they are not resident in Malta.

Step-by-Step Guide — How to Apply for your Malta ID Card

The ID Card is the identity card of the Maltese. It is the (e-)residence card for immigrants. We use the colloquial term ID Card in the text.
In Malta, it is recommended to submit the documents by e-mail [email protected]. The procedure is certainly not EU-GDPR compliant. If Corona or other disaster restricts public access, submit the application by email only. You will receive a confirmation email if it is complete. Now, book the visiting appointment for the Malta Identity Agency online.

World of Malta Insider Tip: Check the address and opening hours the night before.

In Malta, authorities move or change opening hours at short notice. It is not uncommon for Malta’s authorities to announce a change on their website only the night before. Before heading to the Identity Malta Agency, check the location and opening hours.

You will need

  • ID
  • Proof home adress
  •  Social Security number (Social Security Act Cap. 318.)
  • Jobsplus registration

With the social security number, you will receive your income tax ID a few days later. You prove the residential address by a purchase agreement or a lease/letting agreement. We describe how Malta registers leases in the blockchain in our guide on renting an flat, house or shared room in Malta. Furthermore, proof of your profession or proof of income or assets is required.

Once you have everything together, you can book an appointment online in advance: www.identitymalta.com/booking/

At the reception, an official (officer) will check the completeness of your documents. In case of missing data or forms, the officers will patiently help you. This leads to a longer waiting time for those following. However, certainly better for the person than being sent back again. Finally, you receive a waiting number. You follow the numbers on the electronic display.

An officer checks the documents. You present them in the original, even if they were sent to the Identity Agency by mail. You will receive your recorded data for review. You confirm the correctness with your signature.

There are several digital cameras installed. The officer processes your photo. Your biometric data is captured, and you provide a digital signature (e-signature) for the ID Card. In return, you will receive a printout of a temporary ID certificate (receipt).

You will receive a pin. Another letter will inform you about the earliest pick-up date. The pick-up counters in the main building have shortened opening hours.

How long does it take to apply for an ID Card in Malta?

Apart from waiting times due to excessive numbers of applicants, the application for EU citizens takes no more than one hour. Provided you have printed out the forms and bring them filled out. The friendly and helpful officials of the authority work hand in hand. Thus, waiting times between departments (step-by-step instructions) are often only a few minutes. Generally, applicants who receive a positive decision are issued a temporary ID Card.

How much does the Malta ID Card cost?

The Malta ID Card is free of charge. In case of loss, a fee of 22 Euro and damage 16.50 Euro will be charged.

Sample Malta ID Card front and back
Is the ID Card number on the back too small for you to read? At the bottom of the first line, the last eight characters are the number again. Source Photo Gov.mt

FAQ - You have questions? We give you the answers to the ID Card!

The number for the ID Card in Malta is located on the right side of the back. It has eight digits and ends with the letter A for EU foreigners. The nationalities Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Norway get the letter B, the remaining ones end with the letter C.

For the conclusion of a motor vehicle insurance, you need a Maltese ID Card in addition to an EU driving licence. According to our information, this applies to all insurance products in Malta.

If you want to live in Malta for more than 3 months, as an EU citizen you need this Maltese Residence Card. You will not be deported as an EU citizen with no residence permit. The fee in Malta for violation is 300 euros.

To renew your ID card, return your old ID card and submit the form ID 10 – Application for a Maltese Identity Card. You can find all the forms clearly on the Identity Malta Agency website. You should renew your ID card at least three months before the expiration date. This way you avoid having to send all your documents again.
EU citizens send the documents in advance to: [email protected].

Non-EU citizens send their application to: [email protected].

If your address or other personal information changes, apply for it using Form ID 10 – Application for a Maltese Identity Card. Return the outdated card. You will receive a new ID Card.


After five years of continuous residence in Malta, you can apply for permanent residency status. As a registered citizen, the Malta Identity Agency will send you an application.

The ID Card is valid for five years. You renew it no later than three months before the expiration date using form ID 1A. If you miss the deadline, you must resubmit all documents. You exchange the new ID Card for your old ID Card.

First, report the loss to the police. The same applies if you lose your ID Card and want to apply for replacement papers at the Embassy. For the new ID card, you need the form ID 10 – Application for a Maltese Identity Card. The fee is 22 euros, and in case of damage 16.50 euros.

You do not need a biometric passport photo in Malta. The agency will take the passport photo when creating the Residence Document.

A 2007 regulation (Directive 2004/38/EC) on the free movement of European Union nationals and their family members, known as Subsidiary Legislation 17 and freedom of movement and of residence. Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) have the right to reside in EEA countries as employees, self-employed persons, economically independent persons or students. These rights also apply between the EU and Switzerland.

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Conclusion: Applying for an ID Card for Malta makes life easier

With preparation, applying for a Maltese ID card in Malta is quick for employees, self-employed, students and retirees. This is because the forms are all available online. The Identity Agency’s contact facility and hierarchy are simple and flat. Use the bus of Public Transport with at least a 50 per cent discount until 30.09.2022. From 01.10.2022, the bus is free for ID Card holders with Tallinja Card.

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