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Bhutan - Apply for Citizenship Identity (CID) Card while in Foreign Country

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Apply In-Person:

  1. To Apply for Citizenship Identity (CID) Card while in Foreign Country, the applicant has to approach the embassies of Bhutan in the respective country link
  2. The applicant has to make an appointment before approaching the embassy.
  3. An application form will be provided to the applicant by the concerned officer.
  4. The applicant has to fill in all the necessary details in the application form. (Incomplete applications are not accepted)
  5. Make sure that the applicant has attached all the necessary documents that are mentioned in the “Required Documents” section of this page.
  6. The applicant has to attach the photocopies of the required documents along with the application form while submitting.
  7. Submit all the documents with the completed form to the concerned officer.
  8. The applicant has to pay the prescribed fee as requested by the authority.
  9. After receiving the application, the concerned authority will check the submitted application and document set. If all are in place, the application will be accepted.
  10. All applications are processed within a reasonable time, having regard to the particular circumstances of each application, including the completeness of information and documents submitted to the authority by the applicant.
  11. The authority may seek additional information from an applicant if this is necessary to assess the application. The authority does not need to deal further with an application until the applicant has provided this additional information.
  12. The application will be forwarded to the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs in Bhutan for processing.
  13. After the application is processed, the Embassy or Consulate will notify you to collect your CID card.
  14. This entire process can be completed within 90 days or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of visa
  • Passport size photographs
  • Biometrics and fingerprints

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

PABX: +975-2-322459/ 323297 /322278
Post Box No. 103
Contact details link
Embassies and Consulates link


  • Any person who intends to Apply for Citizenship Identity (CID) Card while in Foreign Country is eligible to make this application.


  • The applicant has to pay the prescribed fee as per the authority’s request.


  • The validity of Bhutan Citizenship Identity (CID) Card is generally for a period of 10 years from the date of issuance.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • This entire process can be completed within 90 days or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.

Related Videos[edit]

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  • Applicants must complete the application form before submitting it. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must provide genuine information while applying for this procedure.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name
  • Passport Type
  • Passport Number
  • Designation
  • Working Agency
  • Address in Bhutan
  • Contact No
  • Email Address
  • Family details

Need for the Document[edit]

  • Bhutan Citizenship Identity (CID) Card is an official identity document issued by the government of Bhutan to its citizens. It is a biometric identity card that includes the holder's personal information, photograph, and fingerprint data.

Information which might help[edit]

  • The CID card serves as proof of citizenship and is necessary for various official purposes, including voting, accessing government services, and obtaining a passport.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]



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