How to claim child benefit

Claim the child benefit online

You can send your application and supporting documents conveniently by using our e-service. Clearly legible documents photographed with a phone are accepted.

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  1. Claim child benefit online. Log in to Kela's online customer service using your online banking user ID and password or a mobile certificate.
    • Claim the single-parent supplement online or on the same claim as the child benefit.
  2. Scan or take a photo of supporting documents and send them online.
  3. You can claim the child benefit at the same time you claim a maternity, paternity or parental allowance.
  4. Visit our e-service to see if your application has been decided, how much you will get and when you will be paid. You can also see any possible reminders concerning, for instance, documents missing from your application. A written decision on your application will be sent to you by post.

Alternatively, you can fill in and print out the application for Child Benefit (LL 1e, PDF). Mail your application along with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.

When to claim

Child benefit is payable retroactively for no more than 6 months as of the date of the claim.

If you have claimed child benefit for a child who is about to be born, you will receive a decision on the child benefit after the child has been born. The decision will be issued within one month of the birth.

The single-parent supplement is also payable for 6 months retroactively. It is granted from the beginning of the month following the change in family circumstances.

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