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Requirement for Diplomatic Passport Service Please read the following carefully and fulfill all the requirements. Failure to fulfill the requirements may result in delaying the processing time or denial of the issuance of the passport. The Embassy of Ethiopia/Consulate in North America is currently issuing only a new Electronic passport that requires mandatory finger print. Therefore; starting from April 2010, all Ethiopians who want to obtain a new, replacement (lost or existing) passport or renewal of a passport should fulfill the following requirements. Those who have already submitted their finger prints upon receipt of an electronic passport earlier are not required to submit their fingerprints again. However, if you have an old /manual/ passport or was exempted from submitting your finger print due to your minor age then you should submit your finger print anew. Those who are minor under the age of 14 are exempted from providing finger prints. The Embassy also advise all applicants to submit their applications AT LEAST 45 DAYS AHEAD of their planned travel date or prior to applying for any other services that require a valid passport. If the Embassy requests you to submit an additional document, please send it within a week. If you are informed for three times to submit the necessary document and if you fail to submit the requested document, the Embassy shall be obliged to send your original document back to you and you will be requested to apply anew. Mailing Instruction All applications to be submitted by mail must be sent via an envelope with aTRACKING NUMBER. The application must also have a self-addressed prepaid FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAILreturn envelope. All applications with a return envelope MUST HAVE TRACKING NUMBERS. If you send any ordinary mail without tracking numbers it will not be processed and will be sent back to the sender unprocessed. Track it online at the respective mailing company's website to ensure it has been received by the Embassy. Please do not call to find out if it has been received. Please track your application online using a return mailing tracking number at the respective mailing company after a month that we received your application to know that it has been sent back to you! You need not call our embassy after you have traced the arrival of your mail. For Passport Applicants, if you apply in person, please attach a return envelope which has a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL) with it.

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