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Guide to Get Israeli Birth Certificate, Identity Card, and Passport

For the benefit of web surfers, we prepared a detailed and easy guide on how to get Israeli documents in Israel and abroad. The guide is divided according to the following topics:

*  Registration and certification of a birth.
*  getting a identity card or renewing one.
*  getting a passport or renewing one.
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 documenting and changing one’s personal status (death, birth, marriage, single, divorced).
*  Certificate of good conduct.
*  Notary services.

Although we explain in this guide that these documents can only be obtained from a consulate or the Immigration and Population Authority of the Interior Ministry, one can often fill out and print an application for them at a reduced rate at the Authority’s Hebrew website and then send the filled out and printed documents to the Ministry’s office by registered mail.
If you are submitting documents in a foreign language (not English or Hebrew) you will have to present the original with a notarized translation and an apostille certification.
You may extend or renew your passport at the Ben Gurion airport airport at any time, but the service charge will be the much higher airport tariff (as much as 5 times higher) set by the Ministry of the Interior.

Important! As of June 1, 2017, a resident of Israel who comes to the Population and Immigration Authority's office to get an identity card and a travel document, such as a passport or a transit document, will be issued a document with the new biometric system.
 
Despite the requirement to issue a biometric passport, in special cases only a temporary travel document will be issued. In emergency cases, a regular (non-biometric) passport can be issued at the Ministry of Interior counter in the airport.
Identification certificates based on the previous non-biometric system will continue to be valid and will not have to be replaced with new ones until their expiry date. Old identity cards that do not have an expiry date will be valid until August 2022. 
Biometric identification certificates and passports issued during the test period are valid and do not need to be renewed.
A person’s first biometric ID card is free of charge, unless the old certificate was lost, stolen or destroyed. In that case, one who comes to receive a new certificate will be charged the standard fee. To get a first-time passport, one will have to pay the standard fee.
 
Remember! An applicant may make an appointment at the Population and Immigration Authority's office for a biometric certificate in one of these two ways:
* At the Authority's website: Click here for a link.
* Phone: 3450 *
After you have given over all the required details, you will not be required to return to the Authority’s office to take or collect the certificate. The certificate will be sent by Israeli mail to your home within fourteen business days. (Israel Post will inform you by SMS prior to its arrival.)

Important! Getting or renewing a passport at Israeli consulates: It may not be possible at the present to get biometric passports, and only temporary transit permits may be available. You should check it out with the consulate near your home.
 

Definitions and Concepts:

Citizen - one who acquired or received citizenship under the Citizenship Act. Citizenship confers both rights and duties as stipulated in the law.
Possessing another country’s citizenship usually doesn’t affect one’s ability to obtain Israeli citizenship. An Israeli citizen who is also a citizen of another country is viewed as an Israeli citizen in every way by Israeli law (except concerning the right to serve as a Knesset member).
 
Identity card (Teudat zehut) - is an official document that identifies the bearer as a legal resident of the country and contains his personal information.
Every citizen or permanent resident 16 years of age and older is required to have his own identity card and carry it with him in Israel.

Passport - is an official document for a citizen wishing to visit foreign countries which permits citizens to enter and leave those countries.
Israeli citizens who also are citizens of another country may leave and enter Israel solely with an Israeli passport.

A travel document (passport) - is a document that allows entry and exit from Israel in certain cases, such as: a resident of Israel who is not an Israeli citizen, a temporary resident, a first year immigrant and unusual cases involving an Israeli citizen who requires a substitute for a passport (e.g., he lost his passport outside of Israel).
The bearer of a travel document must obtain a visa from every country in the world before he can travel there (in contrast to a passport).
 
A certificate of citizenship - is a certificate that testifies to the bearer’s citizenship. It can be obtained at branches of the Ministry of the Interior, or an Israeli consulate.
 
Adult -  a person eighteen years or older, or who is married even if he isn’t eighteen years old.
 
Minor - a person aged eighteen or younger who is unmarried.

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Registration and getting an Israeli birth certificate

A.  Registration and getting an Israeli birth certificate for an Israeli minor born abroad to Israeli citizens
A child who is born to a parent who is an Israeli citizen even if the parent was also born abroad, one of the parents must report the birth of the child to the offices of the Israeli consulate nearest to his residence within 30 days of the birth, together with the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Notification of the Birth of an Israeli Citizen Abroad" form. You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
2.  The parents’ Israeli and foreign passports and identity cards + copies.
3.  The original birth certificate along with an apostille signature. Sometimes they will require a hospital birth certificate showing that the mother gave birth to her baby.

Remember! If you are going to get an Israeli birth certificate when you’re in Israel for a birth abroad, make sure before you come to Israel that you have a birth certificate with an Apostille stamp because there are consulates that will not give you one once you are in Israel, such as the U.S.

If the parents are not registered in Israel as married, they will have to show an original marriage certificate and fill out a "Change of personal status” form. You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
They can apply at the same time for a passport. For the procedure to get a passport for a minor, see below (Getting a passport for an Israeli minor who was born abroad to parents with Israeli citizenship).
 
B.  Registration and getting a birth certificate - for a foreign minor born in Israel to foreign citizens

Despite parents receiving a Notification of Live Birth from the hospital at the time of their baby’s birth, they require an original birth certificate to get a foreign passport for their child. To get this certificate they have to contact the Ministry of the Interior (the Immigration and Population Authority) nearest their home to exchange the Notification of Live Birth for the Birth Certificate. (They should make sure the parents’ family names are on the birth authorization.) These are the documents they have to bring:
1.  The original "Notification of Live Birth" from the hospital.
2.  The parents’ passports + copies.

C.  Registration and getting a birth certificate - for an Israeli minor born in Israel to Israeli citizens

A newborn is usually registered in the hospital by a representative of the Ministry of Interior. He is given an identity number, and if he was given a name, the Ministry will send a birth certificate to the parents’ address.
If a name was not given to the newborn, then immediately after giving him a name the parents must update this information with the Interior Ministry branch closest to their home by filling out the form "Notification of a Personal Name for a Child." The newborn will be registered in his parents’ identity card attached slip and they will be given a birth certificate for him. You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
 
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Getting and Renewing an Identity card:

​An Israeli getting his first identity card:

Every Israeli citizen /resident, or permanent resident 16 years of age or older is required to get an identity card and carry it with him in Israel. 
To get an identity card, the applicant must go to the Interior Ministry — Population and Immigration Authority's office close
to his home, and bring the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Application to receive an identity card or identity card attached slip" form. You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
2.  The identity card of one of the parents along with the attachment slip where the applicant is registered.
3.  The applicant's valid Israeli passport (if applicable). 
4. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
5. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
6. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

If the applicant was born abroad and wasn’t registered in the population registry, he must present an original birth certificate along with an apostille stamp. Sometimes they will require a hospital birth certificate showing that the mother gave birth to her child.
One can not get an identity card at a consulate.

Please note! The first time a citizen / resident returns to Israel he can get an identity card provided that he can prove that the center of his life is now in Israel. When he fills out the form, he has to specify the address where he lives in Israel.
 
Renewing an ID card that wore out, was stolen, lost or expired:
 
If your ID card was stolen, lost or expired, you must report it to the Population and Immigration Bureau nearest where you live, and bring the following documents:
1.  Fill the form "Application to get an identity card or identity card attached slip" and the "Declaration of the loss \ theft \ destruction of an ID card" which is included in the form, and your signature. You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
If the applicant is a minor - one of his Israeli parents must come with him to the bureau and sign a "Declaration of the loss \ theft \ destruction of an ID card" form.
2.  The current ID card if it is worn out or has expired.
3.  An identification document such as a passport, marriage certificate, military draft document in case of the identity card’s loss, theft or if the applicant is unidentifiable. (A driver's license is not acceptable).
4. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
5. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
6. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

Please note: If you want to change an identity card due to changes in your personal status, you must also fill out a form "Notification of a change in personal status." You can get a sample form at our office or download it here.
 
An immigrant getting his first identity card:
An immigrant who is getting a identity card for the first time has to go to the Immigration Bureau nearest to where he lives, together with the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Application for an ID card" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
2.  A filled out "Immigrant Registration Questionnaire" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
3.  A filled out "Statement about his religion and nationality" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
4.  A foreign passport with his immigrant visa.
5.  His original birth certificate along with the apostille stamp.
6.  A certificate testifying to his marital status, as well as a document attesting to his religion and nationality.
7. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
8. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
9. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

If the applicant is a minor - he must fill out an “Application form for an ID card or an ID card attached slip”. It must be fully completed and signed by one of his parents, and one of his parents must accompany him.
In the case where his parents live separate, both parents must sign the form and have a lawyer confirm the consent of the other parent. Where one parent can show he was given sole custody of the minor by the court, the signature of one parent is sufficient.

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Getting a passport:

Getting a passport for an Israeli minor who was born abroad to parents with Israeli citizenship:
 
After the minor was registered as a citizen of Israel, he can enter and leave Israel only with an Israeli passport even if he has a foreign passport.
To get an Israeli passport for a minor, the applicant and one of his parents has to go to the consulate nearest to their home 
with the following documents:
1.   An "Application to get a passport / travel document" form must be fully completed and signed by one of the Israeli parents, and one of the parents must be present with an ID document (passport, ID card). You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
In the case where the parents live separate, both parents must sign the form. They are not required to show up together at the same office. A signed notarization by an attorney confirming the consent of the other parent is also acceptable. If one parent can show a court order giving him or her sole custody of the child, that parent’s signature is sufficient.
2. The parents’ Israeli and foreign passports and identity cards + copies.
3. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
4. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
5. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

There is a fixed price for this service from the Interior Ministry. A minor’s passport is valid for five years from the date of issue.

Please note! An application for an adult’s first passport can not be submitted to a consulate, but only to the Interior Ministry in Israel. For the required documents, see "Getting a passport for an Israeli citizen" below.

Getting a passport for an Israeli citizen:
 
A passport issued for an adult is valid for ten years from the date of issue and for a minor, for five years. To get a passport, an applicant has to go to the Interior Ministry closest to his home  together with the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Application to get a passport / travel document" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
2.  The applicant’s foreign passport / identity card (if he has one).
3. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
4. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
5. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

If the applicant is a minor - A completely filled out "Application to get a passport / travel document" form must be signed by one of his Israeli parents. One of the parents must be present and must bring an identification document (passport, ID card).
In the case where the parents live separate, both parents must show up to sign. They are not required to show up together at the same office. A signed notarization by an attorney confirming the consent of the other parent is acceptable. If one parent can show a court order giving him or her sole custody of the child, that parent’s signature is sufficient.
 
Getting a new passport when the previous one wore out, was stolen or lost:
To get a new passport if one’s passport wore out, was stolen or lost, the applicant must go to the Population and Immigration Bureau near his home or to the nearest consulate, together with the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Application to get a passport / travel document" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
2.  A filled out "Declaration of loss / theft / destruction of passport or travel document" form which states what happened to the passport. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
3.  The previous passport if it had worn out.
4.  Your identity card.
5. A photo of the applicant’s face will be shot by the service provider. When you arrive, you don’t have to come equipped with a passport picture (not including non-standard cases).
Minors until the age of 6 can choose a home photo that complies with the Authority’s criteria, and it will be scanned into the computerized system instead of an office photo.
6. The service provider will scan in a picture of two of the applicant’s fingerprints on site.
At the present, the applicant’s face photo will be saved irrespective of his agreement in the biometric database, but he can choose whether the fingerprints scan will expire as follows:
  A. If he wants his fingerprints saved in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for 10 years.
  B. If he doesn’t want to save his fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be given a certificate for only 5 years. A resident’s fingerprints will be transferred to the biometric database only for examination purposes and at the end, it will be erased.
The biometric identification criteria of his face photo and the two fingerprints will be saved in the electronic chip of his ID card, passport and transit certificate.
If the applicant agreed to save the scanning of his two fingerprints in the biometric database, he will be asked to sign an agreement form.
Minors: (16 years and older only) require the presence and signature of one of their parents in addition to the minor’s signature on the agreement form.
The biometric database is run by a different authority — the Biometric Database Management Authority, which is not under the Population and Immigration Authority. It’s function is to arrange check-ups and comparisons of face and fingerprint photos to prevent forgeries and impersonations, to prevent identity theft, and to ensure that each person has one identity.
Important! An applicant under 16 is not allowed to agree to save his fingerprints in the biometric database.
7. The applicant is required to sign a form specifying how his certificate may be used and the duties which possessing a smart identity card imposes on him, such as preventing abuse of the card. 

There is a fixed price for this service from the Interior Ministry.

If the applicant is a minor - one of the Israeli parents must fully fill out and sign a "Passport Renewal" application form. One of the parents must be present and must bring an identification document (passport, ID card).
In the case where the parents live separate, both parents must show up to sign. They are not required to show up together at the same office. A signed notarization by an attorney confirming the consent of the other parent is also acceptable. If one parent can show a court order giving him or her sole custody of the child, that parent’s signature is sufficient.
 
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Update or change in a person’s personal status:


Every citizen must update his personal status in matters such as marriage, divorce, widowhood, change of name, surname or address even if he is not living in Israel. He has to go to the nearest consulate together with the following documents:
1.  A filled out "Change in personal status" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
2.  A filled out "Application for an identity card or identity card attached slip", if one has to replace the slip due to a change in personal status. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
A filled out "Application to get a passport / travel document", if one has to replace his passport due to a change in personal status. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
3.  An original certificate attesting to a change in one’s personal status such as a marriage or divorce certificate. An apostille stamp is required if the certificate comes from abroad.
4.  Israel and foreign passports, an identity card and attached slip + copies
5.  Two passport photos 3.5 * 4.5 cm (if they have to be replaced).

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Documentation from the Population Registry:
If you are interested in receiving documentation such as a birth certificate, a death certificate, or a (personal status) registration extract, you must go to the consulate or the Ministry of the Interior office with a filled out "Application for documentation from the Population Registry" form. You can get a sample form in our office or download it here.
If you need an apostille stamp, you will have to translate the document and have a notary stamp it with an apostille.
 
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Certificate of good conduct (no criminal record):


The law allows any person to get his criminal record sheet ("certificate of good conduct") at a police station, which includes a report of his criminal records, convictions, and judicial decisions concerning him if such exist, or alternatively, the fact that he has no criminal record.
One can get a certificate of good conduct without any charge if he presents his valid identity card or passport in a police station.
For a fee, he can request that a certificate of good conduct be sent by Israel Police to Israeli officials abroad or a foreign official in Israel. He has to fill out an application form given him by a police official.
You can also get an application form to get a certificate of good conduct from the Israeli consulate nearest your home.
 
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Notary services:

Some Israeli embassies abroad provide notary services and, for a fixed fee, one can use them as a substitute for a local notary. They will notarize signatures on documents and verify a power of attorney, affidavit or any other document. You must go in person.
A consulate will verify documents only in English and Hebrew, provided that the applicant understands the language of the document.
If you do not understand the language of the document, you will have to translate it and have the notarized and authenticated document translation attached to the original document. The following documents are required:
1.  The document which requires your signature.
2.  A copy of the document.
3.  One’s passport or identity card.

The notary services provided by the consulate include:
1.  Verifying that a signature is authentic.
2.  Confirming that a person is alive.
3.  Verifying that a copy of a document is correct.
4.  Accepting an affidavit and certification.
5.  Confirming the signature on a will.

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