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Ethiopia Document Legalization

Steps to Ethiopia documents


Make sure your document is notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/State/ local office.


The document must then be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first.


If one of the Ethiopian Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization.

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  1. The document to be authenticated, submit both the original and a complete set of photocopy.
  2. Washington Express Document Processing Request Form.
  3. Ethiopia Ethiopia Legalization Form
  4. Other supporting documents a consular officer may request.

Ethiopia Consular Fees:

  • Regular Service Commercial and Civil Documents: $95.00 per document
  • US State Department: $20.00 per document

*The Embassy of  Ethiopia is open M-F from 9 AM- 2 PM.

Washington Express Service/Fees:

  • Regular Service – 5-7 business days
  • Regular Service: $260 per document
  • Out of Jurisdiction Document: $385 per document
  • Round-trip FedEx fee of $95 will be charged to ship the documents to and from Ethiopian Embassy

    **Multi-document discounts may be offered depending on your volume.

    See our Price List for detailed information about Service Fees and Shipping information.

Forward Documents To:

1001 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036

*Please note, you can also fill out and submit your application for free (excluding embassy fees) by visiting the Ethiopian Embassy website. We have no affiliation with any government embassy or agency.

  • Please make sure you have followed the all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Ethiopian Embassy/Consulate-General for final legalization.
  • Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents under Ethiopian laws or may cause potential threats to Ethiopia’s national or public interests.
  • A document containing two or more pages must be bound properly and securely, with sealing wax or paging seal/embossed seal to ensure the integrity of the document. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it is found illegitimate or in any way forged, counterfeited, fraudulent or altered.
  • 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 return envelope which has a tracking number 

Helpful Resources

Document Legalization Flow Chart

How to confirm an Apostille is authentic

Avoiding Embassy Document Rejection

Tips for successful document processing

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