Absentee Tazkira

In accordance with Afghanistan laws, every Afghan citizen is required to have a Tazkira – local word for the national identification card. Children born in the U.S. from Afghan parents as well as those who have not obtained a Tazkira or whose Tazkiras were burnt or lost, can submit a written application for absentee Tazkira to our Consulate in Washington, D.C. together with a copy of their parent’s Tazkira. Below are the requirements to get an absentee Tazkira:


  1. Identification Form (click here)
  2. Application for Abstentee Tazkira (click here)
  3. Signature and thumbprint on the form;
  4. Eight passport-size photos with white background;
  5. A copy of the applicant’s ID such as State ID, green card or US passport;
  6. A copy of the Tazkira of a close relative such as father, brother, sister, uncle or cousin who is mentioned in the identification form;
  7. Provide the identification information of the person representing the applicant in Afghanistan in regards to processing the absentee Tazkira application;
  8. Children who were born in the U.S. should submit an original copy of their birth certificate authenticated by the U.S. Department of State along with a copy of parents’ tazkira;
  9. Include a self-addressed return mail envelope;
  10. Submit a document such as housing lease, place of work, or a copy of driver’s license that establishes your place of residence;
  11. In case the applicant is not present in the Embassy while submitting the application, the applicant’s signature must be notarized on a separate document.