Birth Certificate Authentication

The KRG Representation in the US is able to authenticate birth certificates for children of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq who were born in the United States or Canada, issued by US/Canadian institutions.

There are two ways to obtain an Iraqi birth certificate:

Option 1. You may do the legwork at this end by going through the Iraqi Consulate process, which will give you an Iraqi birth certificate by the end of the process. However, you will still have to authenticate this birth certificate when you return to Kurdistan. To learn more, visit the Iraqi Consulate's website at: 


Option 2. You may go through the KRG process, which will authenticate your US/Canadian birth certificate, but no Iraqi birth certificate is issued at this end. You'll do that in Kurdistan.

Documents Required for Authentication by the KRG Representation (option 2).

The KRG-USA is only able to accept certifications that have been authenticated by the United States Secretary of State (of your state). 

In order to have your documents authenticated by the KRG Representation in the US, please include the following documents with your application:

  • Original American/Canadian birth certificate authenticated by the office of  the Secretary of State of the State where the person was born. For example, if your child was born in Nashville, TN, you need to get the certificate authenticate by the State of Tennessee Secretary of State which is based in the capital (Nashville). 
  • A colored copy of the parents’ Iraqi civil Identification Cards, Iraqi Nationality Certificates, or Iraqi Passport.
  • A copy of the parent’s marriage certificate if marriage is not indicated in their Iraqi identification cards. A US/Canadian marriage certificate is also acceptable, if married abroad.
  • In the case of any of the two parents changing their name, a court order and decision for the name change must be accompanied.
  • If the mother is not Iraq, include a copy of her US/Canadian passport.
  • Please note: This service is free of charge.
  • A prepaid return mailing envelope and mail it to:

Kurdistan Regional Government
Directorate of Consular Services
1532 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please allow at least 15 business days (3 weeks) for processing.

For the location of your Secretary of State, CLICK HERE...

Once this process is done, you'll take your authenticate documents to the KRG Department of Foreign Relations in Erbil for further processing.