Get Iqama for New Born in Saudi Arabia

  • Get birth notification from hospital created via online portal of Ministry of Health (MOH). Ensure correct naming and spelling.
  • Obtain appointment from Absher to visit Civil Affairs (Ahwal Al-Madani) to obtain the birth certificate.
  • Obtain verification on birth certificate by Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). There is a special counter within Ahwal office.
  • Obtain baby’s passport from your embassy (mandatory to obtain Iqama and/or process exit/re-entry).
  • Pay baby’s dependent fee or levy.
  • Visit “babies born inside Kingdom section” in Jawazat and obtain Iqama. There is a form for the purpose and two photographs of baby are required.

Process details:

1. Birth notification from Hospital:

The hospital is responsible to give you a birth notification printed by them via MOH portal. Ensure all details are correct on the notification including the spelling of name in English and Arabic. People have reported issues at Ahwal office if the names sound different in English and Arabic or contain other information errors.
Also, men on sponsorship of their wives may also need to show Saudi MOFA attested copy of their marriage certificate besides being enrolled in Absher.

2. Ahwal (appointment required):

Start early. Try to book an appointment using this link before the expected date of delivery. At times the system is full or otherwise does not work so save yourself from last minute panic. Always book the appointment with Ahwal in your region as other regions will refuse to serve you.
At Ahwal office, show security officers the appointment and proceed to the reception where the officer will issue you a token number and another counter will process your case to issue you the birth certificate on your turn.
In case you don’t have an appointment, security officers will not allow you to enter the office but try to explain the situation and facts; they might consider your case.

Documents required:

  • Appointment slip printout.
  • Birth notification issued by the hospital with their stamp.
  • Original and copies of parents’ Iqama.
  • Original and copies of parents’ passport.
  • Ahwal notification form.
  • On spot payment of SR 50 fee (if one month since birth day has passed).

Expected time:

15 to 45 minutes inside the office.

Note for Riyadh expatriates:

  • Only Nasiriyyah branch in Riyadh serves expats, all others are for Saudi citizen.

3. MOFA (fee payment required):

People have reported there is a MOFA counter within Ahwal office where you can pay prescribed fee of SR 30 in cash and obtain attestation which will make your baby’s birth certificate official.
Alternatively, you may also visit MOFA website (Arabic) or this English link, select “attestation of birth certificate” and pay fee online then visit MOFA office with original birth certificate to get verification and stamp.

Expected time:

Anything 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4. Visit to your country’s Embassy:

You need baby’s passport to be able to claim his or her Iqama. Contact your Embassy for documentary requirements as they vary from country to country. Typically, they ask for a MOFA verified copy of birth certificate (some Embassies require translation from Arabic to English), national identification documents of parents.

Expected time:

Anything between 10 to 40 days.

5. Visit “babies born in Kingdom” section in Jawazat:

Appointments are no longer required. Pay dependent levy for the new born and visit “Babies born inside Kingdom” section in Jawazat. Amount of levy depends on system calculation from the day of birth until the expiry date of Iqama of the sponsor (father, or mother in case of working women).
People have recommended early morning hours for quicker service and avoidance of rush.


  1. Expat levy: Make sure you pay expat levy in order to get Iqama for your baby otherwise Jawazat will deny service to you. Go to your online bank > select government payment > find alien control related payments > find an option similar to “adding dependent born in Kingdom” > enter father’s Iqama number > required amount will appear > pay and print the slipFee amount will depend on Iqama expiry of father.
  2. If you are making Iqama after one year of birth date, you will also need to pay a late fine of SR 1,000.

Documents required:

  • Original and a copy of birth certificate.
  • 2 photographs of your baby (white background preferred, carry extra photos of the baby while you visit Jawazat).
  • Original and copies of parents’ Iqama.
  • Original and copies of parents’ passport along with baby’s passport.
  • Payment of expat levy (and late fine, if applicable).

Expected time:

10 minutes to 1 hour.

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