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Eritrea - Obtain National Identity (ID) Card for Adults

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  1. To apply for the new Eritrean Identity card, applicants will need to go to the nearest Eritrean embassy or consulate in the country you are currently staying.
  2. Complete an application form.
  3. Submit the completed form together with a clear copy of your passport, passport photos, ID cards of your parents and proof the you have paid the application fee.
  4. Depending on the consular services office where you are applying, you may also need to submit a self addressed prepaid return envelope.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application
  • Clear copy of a current passports
  • Four Passport photos (35 x 45 mm):
    • Photo dimensions: 35 x 45mm
    • Neutral expression, mouth closed
    • Good lighting, no shadows behind head or on face
    • Eyes looking directly at camera
    • Coloured photo on white background
    • High resolution, good quality paper
    • Only prescription glasses allowed
    • Only religious hats/scarves allowed
  • Clear copy of parents Eritrean ID (both sides)(If both parents are Eritrean)
  • If copy of both parents ID cannot be provided, applicant must provide three witnesses (above the age of 40 and holders of Eritrean ID) or Authorize a person residing in Eritrea to verify their nationality by acting on behalf of them
  • Proof of payment of the application fee
  • Depending on the consular services office where you are applying, you may also need to submit a self addressed prepaid return envelope

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Eritrea - Embassies and Consulates

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The ID card is given to Eritreans born to an Eritrean father and/or mother.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Related Videos[edit]

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 "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

This procedure provides information on how you can apply for a National Identity (ID) Card for Eritrean adults abroad.

Information which might help[edit]

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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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