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Ethiopian Origin ID Cards

In order to obtain an Ethiopian Origin ID Card, please complete an application form and follow the instructions

  • In the past, all applicants were required to pick up the ID card is person at the Embassy. However, to give good services for the customer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has amended this directive so that you can receive your Id card by mail.

  • Note that, the embassy will no longer give services for those who come in person. Send all the necessary documents via post office with a tracking number (FedEx, UPS, USPS, Express mail). Accordingly, the embassy will send your ID card by your return mail as soon as we received it from Ethiopia.

  • Ethiopian Origin ID Cards are valid for five years. Please renew your ID card before the expiry date.

  • You do not have to apply for a visa if you have a valid Ethiopian Origin ID card

  • Finger print is mandatory to have Ethiopian Origin ID Card. But those who have already submitted their finger prints upon receipt of an electronic ID card earlier are not required to submit their finger prints again.

  • The Embassy also advise all applicants to submit their applications AT LEAST 45 DAYS AHEAD of their planned travel date or prior to applying for any other services that require a valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card

Mailing Instruction

  • Note that, the embassy will no longer give services for those who come in person. Send all the necessary documents via post office with a tracking number (FedEx, UPS, USPS, Express mail). Accordingly, the embassy will send your ID card by your return mail as soon as we received it from Ethiopia.

  • Track it online at the respective mailing company's website to ensure it has been received by the Embassy or returned back to you so that you do not have to call the Embassy.


A.   Requirements for foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin to obtain Ethiopian Origin ID Card

B.   Requirements for Spouses to obtain Ethiopian Origin ID Card

C.   Renewal of Ethiopian Origin ID Card

D.   Replacing a Lost Ethiopian Origin ID Card

E.   Replacing a Wornout / Damaged Ethiopian Origin ID Card


A. Requirements for foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin to obtain Ethiopian Origin ID Card

  1. Fill out and submit two copies of Application forms. Click here to download the form

  2. Two copies of valid passport from the country of naturalization. The passport must be valid atleast for 6 months.

  3. Two copies of Supporting documents showing Ethiopian Origin

    • If your old Ethiopian Passport was manual (Blue), Please attach Two copies of the passport (please make sure to attach the pages which shows your name, your picture, date of issue and expiration date of the passport) and two copies of Birth certificate which is authenticated through Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; or

    • If your old Ethiopian Passport was machine readable (Burgendy), Please attach Two copies of the passport (please make sure to attach the pages which shows your name, your picture, date of issue and expiration date of the passport); or

    • Two copies of Birth certificate which is authenticated through Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; or

    • Two copies of document authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs showing that you are the legal inheritor. The inheritor should be the son/daughter of biological parents who are/were Ethiopians; or

    • Two copies of adoption court document. The document should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The adoption document must show that the adoptee was given to the adopter by ethopian parents and the adoptee even him/herself was an ethiopian at the time of the adoption; or

    • Two copies of court document showing Ethiopian origin. The document should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs; or

    • Two copies of court document showing that one of the applicant's parents or grand parents were ethiopians. The document should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  4. Finger print of the Applicant and with a copy. Please go to the nearest police station or to the companies authorized to take finger prints. We prefer to have your finger print on their Fingerprint capture form. If not, you can use ours (click here to download the form)

  5. Three (3) recent, color passport size Photographs with white background with the name of the applicant at the back of the photograph; 

  6. Payment of $200.00 in the form of money order or Cashiers Check, or Certified bank check payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.

  7. A self addressed  return envelope which has a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.


B. Holder of Ethiopian Origin ID card who applied for Ethiopian Origin ID Card for their Spouse

  1. Fill out and submit two copies of application form. Click here to download the form.

  2. Two copies of valid passport of the spouse in question. The passport must be valid atleast for 6 months.

  3. Two copies of marriage certificate. The marriage certificate should be authenticated through Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (If the marriage took place in Ethiopia) or authenticated through US Department of State (If the marriage took place in the US or other countries). The marriage should be valid for at least two years prior to the date of the application's submission.

  4. The Ethiopian Origin ID Card is given only to Couples who can sign and submit a pledge form stating that thier marriage is still valid. Click here to download the form.

  5. Two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the Applicant.

  6. Three (3) recent, color photographs of size 3x4 cm with white background and name of the spouse in question at the back of the photograph.

  7. Finger print of the spouse in question and copy of it. Please go to the nearest police station or to the companies authorized to take finger prints. We prefer to have your finger print on their Fingerprint capture form. If not you can use ours (click here to download the form)

  8. Payment of $200 in money order, Cashiers Check, Certified bank check payable to Embassy of Ethiopia.

  9. A self addressed  return envelope which has a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.


C. Renewal of Ethiopian Origin ID Card

A person who wishes to renew Ethiopian ID card should follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Fill out two copies of the application form. Click here to download the form.

  2. Present your existing Ethiopian Origin ID Card with two copies.

  3. If your Ethiopian Origin ID Card is manual (yellow), please attach two copies of Birth certificate which is authenticated through Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

  4. Two copies of Valid Passport. The passport must be valid atleast for 6 months.

  5. Three (3) recent, color passport size Photographs with white background with the name of the applicant at the back of the photograph; 

  6. If the Ethiopian Origin ID Card was Issued through marrige, the couple should sign and submit a pledge form stating that their marriage is still valid (Click here to download the form) and should present two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the spouse.

  7. Finger print of the Applicant and with a copy. Please go to the nearest police station or to the companies authorized to take finger prints. We prefer to have your finger print on their Fingerprint capture form. If not you can use ours (click here to download the form)

  8. Payment of $200 in the form of money order or Cashiers Check or Certified bank check payable to Embassy of Ethiopia.

  9. A self addressed return Envelope with sufficient prepaid Postage (for those using mail service);.


D. Replacing a Lost ID Card

A person who wishes to obtain a replacement of lost ID card should follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Fill out two copies of the application form. Click here to download the form.

  2. An application letter stating the loss of Ethiopian ID card.

  3. Two copies of a Valid Passport. The passport must be valid atleast for 6 months.

  4. Two copies of a lost Ethiopian Origin ID Card (if applicable). If not please write a short note where and when you had received the previous Ethiopian Origin ID card.

  5. If the Ethiopian Origin ID Card was Issued through marrige, the couple should sign and submit a pledge form stating that their marriage is still valid (Click here to download the form) and should present two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the spouse.

  6. Finger print of the Applicant and with a copy. Please go to the nearest police station or to the companies authorized to take finger prints. We prefer to have your finger print on their Fingerprint capture form. If not you can use ours (click here to download the form)

  7. Three (3) recent, colored photographs of size 3x4 cm with white background and name of the applicant at the back of the photograph.

  8. Payment

  • Replacement of a lost ID Card for the first time: Above 18 years old $240;

  • Replacement of a lost ID Card for the Second time: Above 18 years old $300;

  • Replacement of a lost ID Card for the third time and more: Above 18 years old $400;

Payements should be made in the form of money order, Cashiers Check, Certified bank check payable to Ethiopian Embassy;

9. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.

E. Replacing a Wornout / Damaged ID Card

A person who wishes to obtain a replacement of Wornout / Damaged ID card should follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Fill out two copies of the application form. Click here to download the form.

  2. Two copies of Valid Passport. The passport must be valid atleast for 6 months.

  3. Two copies of the wornout / damaged Ethiopian Origin ID Card.

  4. Finger print of the Applicant and with a copy. Please go to the nearest police station or to the companies authorized to take finger prints. We prefer to have your finger print on their Fingerprint capture form. If not you can use ours (click here to download the form)
  5. Two (2) recent, colored photographs of size 3x4 cm with white background and name of the applicant at the back of the photograph.

  6. Payment

    • Above 18 years old $220;

    Payements should be made in the form of money order, Cashiers Check, Certified bank check payable to Ethiopian Embassy;

  7. A self addressed  return envelope which has a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.

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