Documents that are originated in the U.S., but are intended for use in Afghanistan require recognition by the legal system in Afghanistan.
The legalization process involves the affirmation of document validity through the evaluation of original signatures, stamp prints, and seals. They are then individually deemed as authentic components to support the validity of the paperwork.
The embassy will validate all documents issued by any United States institute and authenticated by the Department of State or all documents issued in Afghanistan and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul.
The embassy will validate, without charging any fee, all legal, educational, and commercial documents including birth certificates, death certificates, and identity documents that are issued by the relevant institutes in Afghanistan and authenticated by the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.
The embassy will validate, with a fee, all legal, educational, and commercial documents including birth certificates, death certificates, and identity documents that are issued by the United States and authenticated by the authentication office of the Department of State, or issued in a third country and authenticated by the embassy/consulate of that country in the US.
The Embassy Legalization Process for All documents issued in the United States and authenticated by the Department of State:
The legalization process for a document(s) includes submitting your document(s) in person or by mail. We will only accept documents with a U.S. Department of State authentication. The document(s) should have the relevant county’s notarization and verification; (Notary of the county + State verification + U.S. Department of State Authentication). Please note, the legalization process will take 3 to 7 business days. Below is a list of requirements:
- The original and a copy of the document;
- Legalization fees: $125.00 (Fees must be paid with a money order only, made payable to the Embassy of Afghanistan)
- If you are sending your documents by mail, please include a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope.
Please schedule an appointment before coming to the consulate.
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202-298-9125 Ext: 8012/8016
PUBLIC WORKING HOURS:
9:30am – 1:30pm (Monday – Friday)