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Authority to act on behalf of another person in Kela-related matters
If you have Kela-related matters that you cannot or do not wish to manage independently, you can authorise someone do so on your behalf.
If you are
- under 15, your guardian will manage your affairs
- between 15 and 17, you can either manage your affairs independently or your guardian can do so for you
- 18 or older, you can authorise someone to manage your affairs
- 18 or older, but unable to handle your matters by yourself, the Digital and Population Data Services or a court of law can appoint a legal guardian for you.
It is possible to manage another person’s affairs by phone, by mail or by visiting a customer service point. It is possible manage another adult’s affairs online, but there are some limitations. Guardians cannot yet manage their children’s affairs online.
Acting on behalf of a minor
A guardian of a child under 15 can handle all of their child’s affairs, either by phone, by mail or by visiting a customer service point. If the guardian applies for benefits on behalf of their child, the application must be submitted by mail or handed in at a customer service point.
Guardians cannot handle an underage child’s matters by logging into the OmaKela e-service with their own credentials. However, they can file an application for social security coverage (upon moving from Finland) and order a European Health Insurance Card for their child.
Children between 15 and 17 can manage their own affairs if they wish. If they have access to a strong authentication method, they can manage their own Kela-related affairs in the OmaKela e-service.
Acting on behalf of another adult with an authorisation
If you are 18 or older, you can authorise another person, or several persons, to manage your affairs. The person you authorise must be at least 18 years of age.
You can provide the authorisation
- in a power of attorney which the person you authorise can use to manage your affairs by phone, by mail or by visiting a customer service point.
- by granting a so-called Suomi.fi mandate, which the person you authorise can use to manage your affairs in the OmaKela e-service.
Learn more about how to issue a power of attorney.
Continuing power of attorney
If you wish to authorise someone else for the event that you are unable to manage your own affairs, you can issue a continuing power of attorney. Learn more about this on the Digital and Population Data Services Agency website.
You do not have to send the power of attorney to Kela. If the power of attorney covers your financial affairs, it is accepted as a valid power of attorney by Kela as long as it has been confirmed by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
A continuing power of attorney is different from public guardianship. A public guardian can be assigned to a person who who is unable to manage their own affairs and has not authorised anyone to do so on their behalf.