Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America and United Mexican States

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National ID cards

Service duration: 20 minutes
Appointment is mandatory: one applicant / If only one service is requested = one appointment. If ID and passport are requested at the same time, select ID and passport at the online appointment stage.

ID card
  • within approximately 60 days - $45
  • within approximately 30 days - $62
Temporary identity card
  • within approximately 60 days - $41
The identity card is issued in the following cases:
  • At the first documentation;
  • Minors;
  • Persons over the age of 16 who have never had identity documents;
  • To persons who obtained the passport of the citizen of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Changing, modifying, rectifying or completing personal data;
  • Detection of inaccuracies, non-conformities, identity theft or false identity;
  • Change of home address;
  • In case of change of the name or rank of localities, streets, renumbering of buildings, establishment of localities, of streets, in case of modification, rectification or completion of home address data;
  • In case of loss, theft or damage;
  • Expiry of the validity period;
  • Acquiring or reacquiring citizenship of the Republic of Moldova;
  • The owner's request to change it.
  • 2 photos of 4x6 inch format + 2 photos of 2x2 inch format, vertical, color, matte, on a white background (photo requirements: the photo will be no more than 6 months old. The photo will represent the image of the subject with straight shoulders, direct gaze, neutral facial expression and closed mouth. Eyes will be open and not shaded by hair. There will be no head coverings and face coverings, uneven lighting, shadows or reflections on the face or background, the red-eye effect. In case of glasses the eyes will appear without glasses reflections. No dark lenses allowed);
  • Previous identity card;
  • Valid or expired passport;
  • Moldovan valid ID cards and/or passports and US ID of the parents (if ID is requested for the child);
  • ID for internal use, as appropriate, the Soviet-type passport (1974 model), in possession that is to be exchanged;
  • Birth certificate, minor child's birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate (issued in the name of the applicant or the minor applicant's parent), death certificate of the spouse, certificate of change of name and/or first name, notice regarding the cancellation, modification and/or completion of the civil status document. In the case of divorced parents, the Moldovan divorce certificate, issued in the name of the corresponding parent presenting with the child, will be presented. Only Moldovan documents are accepted;
  • It is not necessary to present civil status documents if they were previously presented when obtaining a new ID or passport;
  • Appropriate documents for registration at the home address or at the residence or for the modification, rectification or completion of the home address;
  • Proof of payment of consular fees (fees can be paid by Money Order, Zelle, OR by transfer to the Embassy's bank account - details in the section Consular and related fees).
  • The identity card is issued only with the attachment to ID (accompanying sheet). The attachment to ID (accompanying sheet) is intended for exercising the right to vote in the Republic of Moldova and does not influence the validity of the identity card. 
  • ID can be issued from the moment of birth, but it is mandatory from the age of 16. In the case of children - if the parents or the child have already established authorized emigration to the US territory (check page 4/5 of the passport, where the Moldovan stamp of the Public Services Agency regarding the Emigration Authorization is applied) the ID will not be perfected.
  • The identity card is valid from birth to 10 years / from 10 to 16 years / from 16 to 25 years / from 25 to 45 years / from 45 years – for life.
  • The identity card is used only on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, with some exceptions.
  • If the person does not have the necessary documents to obtain an ID, a provisional identity card is issued with a maximum validity period of 1 year. (to be determined by the Public Services Agency) A passport cannot be requested based on the provisional identity card, but the document is recognized by the authorities for carrying out other actions in the Republic of Moldova (obtaining civil status documents/updating/modifying personal data, etc.) necessary to obtain a passport.
  • The person who does not have the possibility to be registered at a home address or residence on the territory of the Republic of Moldova obtains an identity card without an address.
  • The application for the ID can be submitted simultaneously with the passport application.
  • In the case of a minor, the presence of only one parent is required.
  • It is not possible to submit a request to obtain attachment to ID without ID.
  • The applicant's file will be sent to the Public Services Agency, which examines the application and completes the document.
  • The applicant's file will be sent to the Public Services Agency, which will examine the application and issue the passport.
  • When submitting the application, the payment of consular fees can be made in 3 ways: by Money Order, by Zelle, or by bank transfer with printing of proof of bank transfer.
  • The Embassy will send the document to the home address of the person indicated in the application, by courier (USPS/pre-paid envelope, with tracking and home address) is necessary. If the person did not request home delivery of the document, he will be informed by e-mail about the receipt of the document at the Embassy and the possibility of picking it up. Obtaining the document can be done by the applicant or by the person empowered by the appropriate power of attorney.
  • The Embassy is not responsible for documents lost by third parties.