However, if we can improve and legalise remote verification for acquiring a digital identity then e-residents could join our digital nation almost instantly online instead of having to wait for their card to be administered and then travel to collect it in person.
We’re planning to launch estcoin — and that’s only the start
Kaspar Korjus


This [‘The Identify Estcoin’] would be a basic but useful use case for estcoin. And I can speak from personal experience.

In September 2016, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board informed me that I have been granted e-Residency. I was also informed that I would be notified upon my document/s’s arrival to the place of issue marked on the application form (there being no option for pickup in Manila, I chose the Estonian Embassy in Tokyo, the “place of issue”).

Having received no notification up to the end of 2016, I sent follow up emails to Politsei-ja Piirivalveamet and e-Residency in the first quarter of 2017.

I received a response that “[u]nfortunately [the e-Residency] team can not trace the path of delivery of the documents to the issue place. Please contact the Estonian Embassy in Tokyo. Their contacts can be found here: x x x,” sending me to the contact webpage of the embassy.

After an exchange of emails with Enterprise Estonia and the follow-ups made by its customer support to the Estonian Embassy in Tokyo, I was told that notifications, in fact, were sent to me.

In July 2017, the consul at the embassy was finally able to confirm by email that my e-residency card was in Tokyo as requested and available for pickup.

I believe estcoin, in this use case, would make things easier for future (and fellow) e-residents. After all, having this high-tech program succumb to junk mail or some other reason why Enterprise Estonia “[would not be able to] trace the path of delivery of the documents to the issue place” could feel a bit low. . . -tech.

(Doesn’t distract from the fact that I am amazed of e-Estonia as an idea and the good things it represents.)