Call me bloodyminded if you like but, my "residents permit" expired months ago and I have made no attempt to renew it. Both Prisma and Citymarket are more than happy to take my Visa card with my expired ID.
I have a KELA card.
I have a valid British passport.
I have a valid (indefinitely
) French drivers licence.
I work freelance, get paid for it and pay my taxes.
I have more than enough paperwork to prove my age, identity, sex, marital status and domicile.
This is certainly not bloodyminded IMO, but it deserves some comment all the same.
The logic of a personal identity document that can expire is a bit perverse in my view, but I understand that the motivation for issuing temporary identity documents (and for the episode a couple of years ago when previously issued open-ended identity cards were terminated by law) is that counterfeiters have become much smarter and better resourced over the years and the old cards were no longer especially secure. I therefore viewed the change as evidence of the "nanny knows best" attitude of the Nordic administrative system. In a society in which we have to prove our identity for many purposes it makes sense for the government to take responsibility for issuing reliable identity documents, and this can no longer be done by handing out cards that are "secure for life" in the old way.
After the inevitable (and frankly amusing) showdown with a very young and none-too-bright checkout assistant at Jumbo (quote: "Kyllä tiedän varmaan kuka olet, mutten voi hyväksyä tätä henkkaria."
) who queried my old ID card issued by the Helsinki police in January 1992, I finally got around to requesting a nice new sähköinen henkilökortti
, which is also a KELA card.
The point here is that outdated identity documents are no longer secure, and this means that at some point it will become reasonable to request other forms of identification as a condition of completing various transactions. Where this threshold arises will depend on individual discretion and concrete circumstances. The last time I showed my henkkari
in our village shop was during the summer when I bought in a lot of stuff for a garden party and the shop assistant was a kesäapulainen
. On the other hand, I expect to show it at Jumbo for any credit card purchase over 50 euros, and I appreciate that someone using a card that can easily be forged would not be able to use a clone of my credit card or sneak an exb10sive dev1ce
onto a fIy1ng machine
in my name.
What I suggest to you, penelope, is that you get yourself a valid identity and KELA card from the police. I understand that old KELA cards, though they may still work as such, are no longer acceptable as reliable proof of identity. While your doctor (and especially your dentist) is unlikely to care about this, it is in principle possible for a chemist (for example) to raise a fuss over issuing a prescription medicine with a KELA discount, even if you present your old KELA card and your in-date passport, as this combination of documents does not show that you are still covered by KELA health insurance. There are various other situations in which it may prove useful to you to have a reliable identity document and anyway, who wants to carry a passport around everywhere?
On the other side of the matter, I can see no very strong motivation for bothering with separate EU registration. As I have pointed out elsewhere, failure in this respect does not even seem to be a punishable offence in Finland. Call it a blow for Eurofederalism if you like.
It is highly unlikely that your refusal to re-register as an EU migrant will affect your request for an identity card, but this is something that it would be interesting to test. Strictly speaking, the right to an ID card depends on the Domicile Act and has nothing as such to do with EU migrant registration, at least while your residence in Finland remains legal. This, in turn, depends on Community Law and on the general provision in section 40 and chapter 10 of the Aliens Act. Community Law in particular is rather clear about your right to remain as a migrant worker or self-employed person, and it also imposes a very high expulsion threshold. Any decision refusing to issue the requested identity card is also open to appeal, and if the appeal turns on an interpretation of Community Law, then the appeal route involves the ECJ in Luxembourg.
So it comes back to you - how "bloodyminded" would you like to be?