AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION

Requirements for Power of Attorney (Wekilina) and Other Document Authentication

  • If you are a holder of valid Ethiopian Passport or holder of valid Ethiopian Origin ID card, you can send notarized document of Power of Attorney directly to the Consulate General of Ethiopia. If not, your Power of Attorney document should be authenticated by your State Office and then Department of State.
  • All documents originating in the United States (Such as Adoption, Trade Mark, Property Rights, Court Decisions, Birth Certificates, Marriage or Divorce Certificates, etc) must be authenticated by your State Office and then by Department of State prior to applying at the Consulate General Office.
  • All documents originating in Ethiopia should be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
  • All applications must be sent via mail with an envelop which has a TRACKING NUMBER. The applications must also have a self-addressed, prepaid UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL return envelop which has a tracking Number. You don’t have to call the Consulate General Office to check whether your application has been received or returned back to you since you have the option to track it online at the respective mailing company’s website.
Special Attention:-
  • If you are using FEDEX for your return shipping, please make sure you have a current customer account with FEDEX. Otherwise Consulate General Office cannot process your return shipping.

1. Power of Attorney (Wikilina)

A. For Ethiopians and Holders of Ethiopian Origin ID

  1. Notarized Document of power of attorney by a recognized notary office;
  2. Copy of valid Ethiopian passport (for Ethiopian passport holder); Copy of Valid Ethiopian origin ID Card (for foreigners who are holding Ethiopian origin ID card);
  3. Copy of a Green Card or I-94 ( for Ethiopian passport holder);
  4.  Service fee $62.00 per document for each authentication payable to the Consulate General of Ethiopia in Los Angeles, California in money order;
  5. A completed application form (Click here to download) the Application Form.
  6. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.
  7. Click Here to view or download a Sample/Draft Power of Attorney (Amharic PDF)
Special Attention:-
  • If you are using FEDEX for your return shipping, please make sure you have a current customer account with FEDEX. Otherwise Consulate General Office cannot process your return shipping.

B. For those who don’t have valid Ethiopian Passport or Ethiopian origin ID Card and for Other Nationals

  1. Authenticated document of the power of attorney by the State Secretary Office in which the applicant is residing and then authentication of the same document by the U.S. Department of State.
  2. Service fee of $95.00 per document payable to the Consulate General of Ethiopia in Money Order (for documents related to Court’s Decision, Financial & Personal Properties… etc).
  3. A completed application. Click here to download the Application Form.
  4. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.
Special Attention:-
  • If you are using FEDEX for your return shipping, please make sure you have a current customer account with FEDEX. Otherwise Consulate General Office cannot process your return shipping

5. Click Here to view or download a Sample/Draft Power of Attorney (Amharic PDF)

2. Document Authentication

A. Authenticating Documents Originating in the United States

  1. Notarized and authenticated documents by the State Office which issued the document; And then authentication of the same document by the U.S. Department of State, Click here for Authentication requirements of the US Department of State
  2. For holders of valid Ethiopian Passport and Holders of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card are required to pay a Service fee of $59.00 per document in money order. If not, service fee  of $95.00 per document in money order is required(for documents related to Court’s Decision, Financial & Personal Properties… etc); and $90.00 per document in money order is required ( for Education Certification, marital status Certification, Driving Licence and the like).
  3. A completed application form Click here to download.
  4. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.
Special Attention:-
  • If you are using FEDEX for your return shipping, please make sure you have a current customer account with FEDEX. Otherwise Consulate General Office cannot process your return shipping.

B. Authenticating Documents Originating in Ethiopia

  1. Prior to applying at the Consulate General of Ethiopia for authentication of documents originating in Ethiopia, the documents have to be authenticated first by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
  2. For holders of valid Ethiopian Passport and Holders of valid Ethiopian Origin ID Card are required to pay a Service fee of $59.00 per document in money order ( for Education Certification, marital status Certification, Driving Licence and the like). If not, service fee of $95.00 per document in money order is required (for documents related to Court’s Decision, Financial & Personal Properties… etc); and $90.00 per document in money order is required ( for Education Certification, marital status Certification, Driving Licence and the like)
  3. Service fee of $95.00/90.00 must be in money order or Cashiers Check or Certified bank check made payable to Consulate General of Ethiopia.
  4. A completed application form Click here to download.
  5. A self addressed return envelope which has a tracking number (UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.
Special Attention:-
  • If you are using FEDEX for your return shipping, please make sure you have a current customer account with FEDEX. Otherwise Consulate General Office cannot process your return shipping.