Ethiopian Origin Identification Card


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

  • Note that, the Embassy will no longer give services for those who come in person. Send all the necessary
    documents with registered mail via Canadian postal service or with a tracking number (FedEx, UPS).
    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 visit 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.
  • All Copies should be notarized by the Notary Public
  • Old Ethiopian Passport, Origin ID Cards and Birth certificates must be original, if applicable
  • Please keep both tracking numbers (Sending and Returning envelopes) to follow up your request at 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 Worn-out/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 form. (Click here to download form #1)
2. Two copies of notarized valid passport from the country of naturalization. The passport must be valid at least for  6 months.
3. Two copies of Supporting documents showing Ethiopian Origin, must be notarized, 

  • If your old Ethiopian Passport was manual (BLUE), Please attach TWO copies of the passport (please make sure
    to attach the pages which shows 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 documents 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 documents. The document should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    The adoption document must show that the adoptee was given to the adopter by Ethiopian parents and the
    adoptee even him/herself was an Ethiopian at the time of 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 prints of the applicant (original and a copy). Please go to 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 form #5)     
5. Three (3) recent, color passport size photographs with white background with full name of the 
    applicant at the back of the photograph.                                                          
6. Payment of 275.20 CAD in the form of Money Order payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.
7. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FedEx or UPS) with it.

B. Requirements for Spouses to obtain Ethiopian Origin ID Card.
1. Fill out and submit two copies of application form. (Click here to download form #2)
2. Two copies of valid passport of the spouse in question. The passport must be valid at least for 6 months. must be notarized,
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 Canadian Ministry
    of Foreign Affairs (If the marriage took place in Canada 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 their
    marriage is still valid. (Click here to download BOTH FORMS: Form#7 and Form#8).
5. Two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the Applicant.
6. Three (3) recent, color passport size photographs with white background with full name of the applicant at 
    the back of the photograph.    
7. Finger prints of the applicant (original and a copy). Please go to 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 form #5)   
8. Payment of 275.20 CAD in the form of Money Order payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.
9. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FedEx or UPS) with it.

C. Renewal of Ethiopian Origin ID Card.
    A person who wishes to renew Ethiopian Origin ID Card should follow the steps outlined below.
1. Fill out and submit two copies of application form. 
(Click here to download form #3)
2. Present your existing Ethiopian Origin ID Card with two copies.

3. Two copies of Supporting documents showing Ethiopian Origin, must be notarized

  • Two copies of Birth Certificate which is authenticated through Ethiopian Ministry of Affairs; or
  • Attach Two copies of your old Ethiopian 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 documents 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 Ethiopian
    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. Two copies of valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months. must be notarized
5. Three (3) recent, color passport size photographs with white background with full name of the applicant at
    the back of the photograph.
6. If the Ethiopian Origin ID Card was issued through marraige, the couple should sign and submit a pledge form
    stating that their marriage is still valid (Click here to download BOTH FORMS: Form#7 and Form#8and should
    present two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the spouse.
7. Finger prints of the applicant (original and a copy). Please go to 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 form #5)    
8. Payment of 275.20 CAD in the form of Money Order payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.
9. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FedEx or UPS) with it.

D. Replacing a Lost Ethiopian Origin ID Card.

    A person who wishes to renew Ethiopian Origin ID Card should follow the steps outlined below.
1. Fill out and submit two copies of application form. 
(Click here to download form #4)
2. An application letter stating the loss of Ethiopian Origin ID Card.
3. Two copies of valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months. must be notarized
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 marriage, the couple should sign and submit a pledge form
    stating that their marriage is still valid (Click here to download BOTH FORMS: Form#7 and Form#8and should
    present two copies of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card of the spouse.
6. Finger prints of the applicant (original and a copy). Please go to 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 form #5)    
7. Three (3) recent, color passport size photographs with white background with full name of the applicant at
    the back of the photograph.
8. Payment:- 

    A. Replacement of a lost ID Card for the first time  330.24 CAD.
    B. Replacement of a lost ID Card for the second time 412.80.00 CAD.
    C. Replacement of a lost ID Card for the third time and more  550.40 CAD.
Payments should be made in the form of Money Order Payable to Ethiopian Embassy.
9. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FedEX or UPS) with it.

E. Replacing a Worn-out/Damaged Ethiopian Origin ID Card.
    A person who wishes to renew Ethiopian Origin ID Card should follow the steps outlined below.
1. Fill out and submit two copies of application form. (Click here to download form #4)
2. Two copies of valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months. must be notarized
3. Two copies of the worn-out/ damaged Ethiopian Origin ID Card.
4. Finger prints of the applicant (original and a copy). Please go to 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 form #5) 
5. Three (3) recent, color passport size photographs with white background with full name of the applicant at
    the back of the photograph.
6. Payment of 302.72 CAD in the form of Money Order payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.
7. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (FedEx or UPS) with it.

 For more information see the Amharic version.


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