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Citizens of The Bahamas in need of an identity/travel document must apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to:

All passports are valid for a period of 5 years (for persons under the age of 16) and 10 years (for persons 16 years and older). 


Eligibility 

You can apply for a Bahamian passport if you are a citizen of The Bahamas by either:

Process 

 

Step 1: Upon arrival at the Passport Office, a number is assigned to the applicants. This will determine the order in which they will be served. Please note, medical and other legitimate emergencies with documentary proof will receive prompt attention.

Step 2: Applicants’ documents will be reviewed by an officer to ensure they have met all the requirements.   Original documents and copies of the same are required. All applicants must be present. Minors are to be accompanied by their parents or authorized individual.

Step 3: Approximately 40-60 applicants will be allowed inside the building and are expected to be cooperative and seated in an orderly manner. The normal wait period is 20-30 minutes however this can be extended to 3+ hours during peak periods (Summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Office hours are 8.30 a. m - 3.45 p.m. During the peak periods, the office could be closed earlier than usual to accommodate the large number of customers on the inside.

Step 4: When the applicant’s name is called, he/she must proceed to the respective window. The enrollment process begins. Personal data and biometrics (fingerprints/ e-signatures) are captured (if applicable). Original documents are returned to the customers.

Step 5:  Three (3) copies of the receipt are given to the applicant and the collection date is highlighted. Applicants are advised to bring the current passport and /or police report if same is lost/damaged/stolen as well as the receipt in order to collect the new e-passport. Applicants are directed to the cashiers to pay the requisite fees (15 years and under $25.00; 15 1/2 years and over $50.00). Applicants are free to leave after payment. Failure to pay, results in delays in e-passport processing.

Note: Each document goes through eight (8) stages of processing; customers are advised to plan ahead to meet their obligations.  Official deadline for all citizens to have an electronic travel document in their possession is 24 November, 2015.

 

IMPORTANT:

COUNTERSIGNATURE

PROCEDURES FOR ALL FOREIGN DOCUMENTS

PASSPORT PHOTO SPECIFICATIONS:

Photos should have been taken during the past six months, teeth must not be revealed, hairline and ears must be exposed, covering of the head is prohibited unless a formal written request is presented- approval is at the discretion of the Passport Office, no bold un-natural hair colours; modest make-up and jewelry, clothing must cover shoulders and must not bear any form of military or civil servants badges or ornaments;

 

APPLICATIONS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED AT THE NEAREST EMBASSY OR CONSULATE OF THE BAHAMAS IN CANADA, CHINA, LONDON OR THE USA.

Application Form(s) 

Passport Application Form

Supporting Documents 

Originals and copies of original documents must be brought in. Please note that originals will be returned to you upon completion of Enrolment.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST TIME E-PASSPORT

APPLICANTS UNDER 12 YEARS OLD

*An interview will be conducted. Minors must be accompanied by their parents or a properly documented legal guardian.

 

WHEN USING FATHER'S DOCUMENTS, THE FATHER MUST BE PRESENT AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

APPLICANTS 12 YEARS - 17 YEARS OLD

*An interview will be conducted.  Minors must be accompanied by their parents or a properly documented legal guardian.

 

**IMPORTANT: (FAMILY ISLAND) SCHOOL RECORDS

Family Island school records must be written on the institution’s letter head and include parent’s/legal guardian’s name.

 

WHEN USING FATHER'S DOCUMENTS, THE FATHER MUST BE PRESENT AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

APPLICANTS 18 YEARS— 39 YEARS OLD

*Additional documents may be required upon request.

 

APPLICANTS 40 YEARS AND OLDER

*Additional documents may be required upon request

 

RENEWAL OF AN EXISTING PASSPORT 

RENEWAL OF AN EXISTING PASSPORT 

Note:  Applicants who have not renewed passport  for 10 years or more post expiration date must have Section 10 of the application form countersigned along with one (1)  of the three (3) coloured photos by the same individual.

 

DEED POLL APPLICANTS

*Additional documents may be required upon request.

 

LOST, STOLEN, DAMAGED/DESTROYED PASSPORT

*An interview will be conducted.  Minors must be accompanied by their parent(s) or a legal guardian.

 

NATURALIZATION

Turn-around time 
Processing of Passports usually takes a period of three to five weeks. Please note that this may vary during peak periods, so applicants are advised to refer the date on the Auxiliary Receipt for the collection date.
Deadline 
There are no deadlines for this service.
Related Fee(s) 

You must pay a passport application fee upon approval of your application, only after all requirements have been met. The fee you have to pay will be determined by several factors, such as your age. Payment must be made in the form of cash.

 

Type of Passport

Fee Structure (Bahamian $)

Adult (sixteen years and over) – Regular passport

$50

Child under sixteen

$25

 

For more information please contact 

PASSPORT OFFICE LOCATIONS

The Passport Office has locations on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco at the following addresses:

 

NEW PROVIDENCE

The Basden Building
Thompson Boulevard
P. O. Box N-792
New Providence
The Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 325 2814/5; (242) 397 2300
Facsimile: (242) 325 4832       

OFFICE HOURS

Enrollment (Acceptance) Section 8:30 am - 3:45 pm - Acceptance of Documents
  8:30 am – 4:00 pm - General Enquiries
Issuance (Collection) And Queries Sections 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

GRAND BAHAMA 

Freeport
Cornelius A. Smith Government Complex
Mall Drive
P. O.  Box-F43536
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Telephone: (242) 602 9850/1
Facsimile: (242) 602 9860 or 3

Office Hours: 

9: 00 am – 5:00 pm

 

ABACO

North Abaco
Administrator’s Office
Cooper’s Town
Telephone: (242) 365 0000/5; (242) 225 0309
Facsimile:    (242) 365 1073

Office Hours:

9: 00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Central Abaco

Administrator’s Office
Marsh Harbour
Telephone: (242) 399 0243; (242) 699 0246
Facsimile: (242) 699 0247

Office Hours

9: 00 am – 4:00 pm

 

South Abaco

Administrator’s Office
Sandy Point
Telephone: (242) 366 4001/4: (242) 225 9173
Facsimile: (242) 366 4263

Office Hours

9: 00 am– 4:00 pm

 
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