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Requirements for Power of Attorney (Wekilina) and Other Document Authentication

  • Power of Attorney and all other documents originating in the United States (Such as Power of Attorney, Adoption, Trade Mark, Property Rights, Court Decisions, Birth Certificates, Marriage or Divorce Certificates, etc) must be authenticated by your State Office and then by Departement of State prior to applying to the Embassy.

  • All documents originating in Ethiopia should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

  • All applications must be sent via mail with an envelop which has a TRACKING NUMBER. The applications must also have a self-addressed, prepaid UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL return envelop which has a tracking Number. You don't have to call the Embassy to check whether your application has been recieved or returned back to you since you have the option to track it online at the respective mailing company's website.

1. Power of Attorney (Wikilina), Court Decisions and Pecuniary Documents

A. For Ethiopians and Holders of Ethiopian Origin ID

  1. Power of Attorney document authenticated by the State Secretary Office in which the applicant is residing and then authentication of the same document by the U.S. Department of State.

  2. For holders of vaid Ethiopian passport, attach copy of the passport with copy of a Green Card or I-94. For holders of Valid Ethiopian origin ID Card, attach the copy of your Ethiopian origin ID Card;

  3.  Service fee $62 per document for each authentication payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia in money order;

  4. A completed application form Click here to download the Application Form.

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

  6. Click Here to view or download a Sample/Draft Power of Attorney (Amharic PDF)

B. For those who don't have valid Ethiopian Passport or Ethiopian origin ID Card and for Other Nationals

  1. Power of Attorney document authenticated by the State Secretary Office in which the applicant is residing and then authentication of the same document by the U.S. Department of State.

  2. Service fee of $95 per document payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia in Money Order

  3. A completed application. Click here to download the Application Form.

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

  5. Click Here to view or download a Sample/Draft Power of Attorney (Amharic PDF)

2. For other Documents (such as Certificate of Education, Birth, Marriage, Driving Licence, etc)

A. Authenticating Documents Originating in the United States

  1. Authenticated documents by the State Office which issued the document; And then authentication of the same document by the U.S. Department of State, Click here for Authentication requirements of the US Department of State

  2.  If you have attached a valid Ethiopian Passport with Copy of a Green Card or I-94 or if you have attached a copy of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card, the service fee is $59 per document payable in the form of money order. If not, service fee of $90 per document.

  3. A completed application form Click here to download.

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

B. Authenticating Documents Originating in Ethiopia

  1. Prior to applying at the Embassy of Ethiopia for authentication of documents originating in Ethiopia, the documents have to be authenticated first by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

  2. If you have attached a valid Ethiopian Passport with Copy of a Green Card or I-94 or if you have attached a copy of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card, the service fee is $59 per document payable in the form of money order. If not, service fee of $90 per document.

  3. A completed application form Click here to download.

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

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