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Ethiopia - Obtain a Birth Certificate

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Introduction

An applicant wishing to obtain a birth certificate must contact a city hall in Ethiopia. The applicant needs to arrange for a family member or friend in Ethiopia to obtain the birth certificate on their behalf from the city hall. If the applicant does not have a family member or friend in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian embassy can provide the applicant with the telephone number and mailing address of the appropriate city hall so that the applicant can make direct contact with the city hall.

Eligibility

One must be resident in Ethiopia.

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Instructions

Persons applying for original birth certificates should contact the appropriate municipal authorities and present hospital birth records, which have been authenticated by their "kebele” (local government office).Because of the nature of the "kebele" system, the birth certificate may be issued by the municipality where the person presently resides rather than where the birth actually took place.

Birth certificates are available only to those resident in Ethiopia. Requests for copies of previously issued birth certificates should be addressed to the Office of Region 14 Administration, Vital Statistics Service, Municipality of Addis Ababa, P.O. Box 356, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; or to the equivalent office or any other municipality in which the birth was registered.

Required Information

  • Name of the applicant
  • Place of birth
  • Municipality of residence
  • Name of the parents
  • Date of birth
  • Parents nationality
  • Parents occupation
  • Parents tribe

Procedure

Persons applying for original birth certificates should contact the appropriate municipal authorities and present hospital birth records, which have been authenticated by their "kebele” (urban neighborhood association).Because of the nature of the "kebele" system, the birth certificate may be issued by the municipality where the person presently resides rather than where the birth actually took place.


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Required Documents

For children less than ten years of age

  • hospital birth certificate
  • court document confirming parentage, or a baptismal certificate
  • acknowledgment from one's "kebele" (urban neighborhood association)

are sufficient documentation for issuance of a birth certificate

For children between the ages of eleven and thirteen

the above mentioned documents and school records are required for issuance.
Any of the above documents and an identity card are satisfactory for issuance of birth certificates for persons over the age of eighteen.

Fees

The issuance of a local birth certificate costs approximately $2. Expeditious or same-day service costs approximately $5 more.
To have a birth certificate or other document authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs costs approximately $16 for Ethiopian parents and $35 for foreign parents. .

Validity

The birth certificate is valid for the rest of the applicant’s existence

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Processing Time

It takes about a fortnight to obtain a birth certificate

Office Locations & Contacts

Office of Region 14 Administration,
Vital Statistics Service,
Municipality of Addis Ababa,
P.O. Box 356,
Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia

or to the equivalent office or any other municipality in which the birth was registered.

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It is used to obtain other documents like the marriage certificate, death certificate and the national ID (yellow card).

External Links

http://www.ethiopianembassy.org
http://www.refworld.org/

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