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Ethiopia - Applying for a National Identification Card

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The Ethiopian national Identity card is a identification document given to Ethiopian citizens at their respective Kebele Issuance of national identity cards to citizens has become important for the protection of national security and for providing efficient services to citizens by the public and private sector.


Ethiopian citizens who have clocked 16 years of age.

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  1. Any Ethiopian national, if he has attained the age of majority, shall be issued with a national identity card.
  2. Minor children shall be entered in the national identity cards of their parents.
  3. National identity cards are issued by

Required Information

  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Religious affiliation
  • Linguistic cultural belongings
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity


  1. An Ethiopian national who clocks 16 is required to submit a request for the ID to the Kebele.
  2. All family members residing in a particular kebele have previously completed forms and been registered.
  3. So cards are issued accordingly, after request.
  4. Those who change address and come to reside in a new kebele should provide a release from their previous kebele or region if from outside Addis.
  5. For those who have never had a kebele card, it should be testified by three witnesses that they were resident or members of a particular family residing in the kebele.

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Required Documents

  • 2 passport photos
  • 3 Birth certificate


The process will cost 1 Brr.


A national Identity card is valid forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

It might take between 7 to 30 working days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ethiopian Civil registra
Ministry of justice
P.O Box 1370
Addis Ababa
Tel: 00251115515099
Fax: 517755

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Information which might help

The federal government is in the process of launching an ultramodern national identification card issuance system.

This will thus replace the current manual identification cards issued at Kebeles - and most recently Woredas - with electronic identification procedure which experts say addresses a rather flawed security structure.

The electronic IDs will be designed to contain fingerprints and principal residence of the individual, number and signature of the holder

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It is used in applying for a passport.
It is used in applying for driver’s license
It is used in registering to vote

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