Passport Services

If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.

 You do not qualify for this exception if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
    Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession. 

All other passport rules and regulations remain in effect. The Department of Homeland Security maintains discretion to reject any bearer in accordance with 22 CFR 53.2(b)(7) and 8 CFR 235.1(b)

U.S. citizens in The Bahamas or Turks and Caicos Islands can submit their application for a U.S. passport to the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau. The actual printing of the passport books takes place at the National Passport Processing Center in the United States, where a passport incorporating a digitized image and other enhanced security features can be produced.  You may expect to wait approximately 7-10 business days, or two calendar weeks, for your new U.S. passport to be received and processed for pick up with us.

Fees

 Complete fee information is available here. If applying in person, payment may be made in cash, in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars, by credit card [Mastercard or Visa] or by money order made in favor of “U.S. Embassy, The Bahamas.” We do not accept personal checks. Please note that fees are nonrefundable.

Social Security Number 

A Social Security Number is required for all passport applications. If you have been issued a Social Security number you must provide it on your application for a U.S. passport. If you are in the Bahamas or Turks & Caicos and require a new or replacement Social Security number card, or are unsure as to whether you have ever been issued one, you should contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/.

Questions?

Please email acsnassau@state.gov or contact us at 242-322-1181.

Passport Application Instructions

Applications for the renewal of an adult’s U.S. passport (with 10-year validity) are accepted at U.S. Embassy Nassau by courier mail from within The Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands.  You may expect to wait approximately 7-10 business days, or two calendar weeks, for your new U.S. passport to be received, processed, and returned to you.

You may apply by courier mail (FedEx, DHL, or GWS) using the printed online application form DS-82 only if you can answer “YES” to the following statements:

  • You can submit your most recent U.S. passport;
  • You hold a 10-year validity passport issued within the last 15 years;
  • You were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued;
  • Your U.S. passport is not damaged;
  • You are not requesting a change in the passport data, other than a name change due to marriage or divorce for which you can submit official documentation (original marriage certificate or original court order) to support the name change.

The following documents/items must be mailed to U.S. Embassy Nassau:

  • Your current or recently expired 10-year validity U.S. passport;
  • A completed, signed, and dated Form DS-82 (including the Social Security number);
  • One passport photo 2×2 inches in size taken within the last 6 months (click here to check other passport photo requirements);
  • If requesting a name change due to marriage or divorce, submit the original marriage certificate or court order showing the change of name.
  • Enclose a bank draft for $110.00 (USD or BSD) payable to “U.S. Embassy Nassau.” If you are also applying for a passport card, the total fee is $140.00. If using a Bahamas Postal Money Order, please make sure it is in Bahamian Dollars. Personal checks are not accepted. Passport fees are nonrefundable.
  • A separate bank draft payable to the courier company (FedEx, DHL, or GWS) for the return of the passport. Please check with the courier company for the costs related to the return.

The items listed above should be mailed via courier mail (FedEx, DHL, or GWS) to:

U.S. Embassy Nassau
ATTN: ACS Unit
42 Queen Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Note: Applicants who hold a U.S. passport with 5-year validity cannot renew their passport via mail and require an in-person interview at U.S. Embassy Nassau. Click here to see the appropriate passport application requirements.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

Applications for the renewal of an adult’s U.S. passport (with 10-year validity) are accepted at U.S. Embassy Nassau by appointment. Please note: Most adults do not require an interview and can renew their passport by mail; select “Renew an Adult Passport by Mail” from the drop down menu.

The following documents/items must be presented on the day of your appointment:

  • Your current or recently expired U.S. passport;
  • A completed, signed, and dated form DS-82 (including the Social Security number);
  • One passport photo 2×2 inches in size taken within the last 6 months (click here to check other passport photo requirements);
  • If requesting a name change due to marriage or divorce, bring the original marriage certificate or court order showing the change of name.

You may apply for your passport renewal using the printed online application form DS-82  only if you can answer “YES” to the following statements:

  • You can submit your most recent U.S. passport;
  • You hold a 10-year validity passport issued within the last 15 years;
  • You were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued;
  • Your passport is not damaged;
  • You are not requesting a change in the passport data, other than a name change due to marriage or divorce for which you can submit official documentation (original marriage certificate or original court order) to support the name change.

If you answered “NO” to any of the above questions, your application will be on the DS-11 application form and therefore you should follow the instructions for “Apply for First Adult Passport (for Applicants over 16 Years of Age).

PASSPORT FEE: The fee for an adult’s passport book renewal is $110.00. The fee for a passport card is $30.00. Payment may be made in cash, in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars (the currencies cannot be mixed), by credit card [Mastercard or Visa], or by bank draft payable to “U.S. Embassy Nassau.” We do not accept personal checks. Passport fees are nonrefundable.

Click here to schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nassau. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early or more than 15 minutes later than your scheduled appointment time, you will be denied access to the Embassy.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

A U.S. citizen may receive a full validity (10-year validity) passport beginning at age 16.  Applications for these passports are accepted by appointment only. The U.S. citizen applicant must appear in person on the day of the appointment.

The following documents/items must be presented on the day of your appointment:

  • Your current or recently expired U.S. passport;
  • Age 16 or 17*: Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U. S. Birth Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization,);
  • Over 18 years of age: Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U.S. Birth Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization) OR another form of valid government issued ID (Driver’s License, etc.);
  • A completed form DS-11 (including the Social Security number);
  • One passport photo 2×2 inches in size taken within the last 6 months (click here to check other passport photo requirements).

* Special note for ages 16 and 17: You must show that at least one parent or guardian knows that you are applying for a passport by:

  • A parent or legal guardian appears with you in-person when you apply for your passport. Your parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign your form DS-11 at the window.
  • A signed, notarized statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent or legal guardian. The statement should be accompanied by a photocopy of your parent or guardian’s valid government issued ID.

PASSPORT FEE: The fee for a first-time adult passport book application is $145.00. The fee for a passport card is $30.00. Payment may be made in cash, in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars (the currencies cannot be mixed), by credit card [Mastercard or Visa], or by bank draft payable to “U.S. Embassy Nassau.” We do not accept personal checks. Passport fees are nonrefundable.

LOST OR STOLEN PASSPORTS: If your last issued U.S. passport was lost or stolen, also complete form DS-64. If the passport was stolen, bring a copy of a police report regarding theft of that passport.

Note: If you have never previously been issued a U.S. passport, contact us via ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181 to inquire about possible additional application requirements.

Click here to schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nassau. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early or more than 15 minutes later than your scheduled appointment time, you will be denied access to the Embassy.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

Each U.S. citizen – even a newborn — must have his or her own U.S. passport when traveling abroad.  Passports issued to children under the age of 16 are valid for a maximum of five years.  The applicant (i.e. the child) must apply in person, and must be accompanied by the parent(s) listed on the child’s U.S. Birth Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or accompanied by the legal guardian(s).

In general, the parent(s) listed on the birth certificate or the legal guardian(s) listed must accompany the child to the embassy to sign the child’s passport application. (If only one parent is listed on the birth certificate, then only that parent needs to accompany the child and sign the application.)  The parents/guardians must present their own valid government issued photo ID.  Please note: If your name is no longer the same as shown on your child’s birth certificate, you will need to bring evidence of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate or court order.)

If one parent listed on the birth certificate is unable to accompany the child, that parent must complete a Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent for the issuance of a passport for the child.  Please note: Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent must be signed and notarized, and presented by the other parent/guardian along with a copy of the absent parent’s ID (i.e. passport or driver’s license). If the child only has one living parent or only one legal custodial parent, you must provide documentary evidence of that fact (such as a court decree granting sole custody, a death certificate of the other parent, etc.)

The following documents/items must be presented on the day of your appointment:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Consular Report of Birth Abroad);
  • The child’s current or recently expired U.S. passport;
  • A completed form DS-11 (including the social security number);
  • One passport photo 2×2 inches in size taken within the last 6 months (click here to check other passport photo requirements);
  • Valid government issued ID for the parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
  • If the child was under 5 years of age when their last U.S. passport was issued, please bring a series of age progression photos (one for each year) from the age that the prior passport was issued through the present.

PASSPORT FEE: The fee for a minor’s passport book application is $115.00. The fee for a passport card is $15.00. Payment may be made in cash, in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars (the currencies cannot be mixed), by credit card [Mastercard or Visa], or by bank draft payable “U.S. Embassy Nassau.” We do not accept personal checks. Passport fees are nonrefundable.

LOST OR STOLEN PASSPORTS: If your child’s last issued U.S. passport was lost or stolen, also complete form DS-64. If the passport was stolen, bring a copy of a police report regarding theft of that passport.

Note: If your child has never previously been issued a U.S. passport, contact us via ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181 to inquire about possible additional application requirements.

Click here to schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nassau. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early or more than 15 minutes later than your scheduled appointment time, you will be denied access to the Embassy.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

See the Department of State’s website to determine how to correct, change or update your U.S. passport, or click here for information concerning name changes under different circumstances.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

Report your physical U.S. passport book or passport card lost or stolen immediately to protect yourself from identity theft. To report the passport as lost or stolen, click here.

If your previous passport was lost or stolen, complete form DS-64: STATEMENT REGARDING A LOST OR STOLEN U.S. PASSPORT. If your passport was stolen, also bring a copy of the police report regarding theft of that passport. The only accepted passport application form to replace a lost or stolen passport is form DS-11 and requires an in-person interview. You can make an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nassau to apply for a new U.S. passport.

For the specific instructions and fees for your replacement passport, please select from the appropriate category below:

Passport for applicants 16 years of age and older, select “Apply for First Adult Passport (for Applicants 16 Years of Age and Older)” from the drop down menu.

Passport for applicants under age 16, select “Apply for a Child’s Passport (for Applicants Under Age 16)” from the drop down menu.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has the ability to issue emergency U.S. passports in certain limited circumstances.  These passports have a restricted validity and are generally issued only to enable stranded U.S. citizens to return home.

Persons who need emergency passports must apply in person between 8am-11am on business days (excluding local and U.S. holidays) at U.S. Embassy Nassau.  No appointment is required, although the applicant should present a police report (if their passport was lost/stolen) and an itinerary showing urgent travel within the next two weeks.

For the specific instructions and fees for your emergency passport: If you are in possession of an (expired) 10-year validity U.S. passport, select “Renew and Adult Passport by Appointment (Renewal of 10-year Validity Passport)” from the drop down menu. If not, choose between the following two options:

1) I’m 16 years of age and older, select “Apply for First Adult Passport (for Applicants 16 Years of Age and Older)” from the drop down menu;

2) I’m under age 16, select “Apply for a Child’s Passport (for Applicants Under Age 16)” from the drop down menu.

If you have any questions you can contact us at ACSNassau@state.gov or 242-322-1181.

For more information on Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please see this page.

U.S. Passport Delivery/Passback:

You may expect to wait approximately 7-10 business days (2 calendar weeks) for your new U.S. passport book to be ready.  CRBAs and passport cards take approximately 15 business days. Your new passport cannot be collected at U.S. Embassy Nassau, and will have to be returned to you via the options listed below. When selecting CASH ON DELIVERY (DHL or GWS) we will provide the airway bill on the day of your appointment and no action is required prior to your appointment.

Delivery Options:

  • DHL:
    • $17 (Bahamian dollars) bank draft or Postal Money Order (throughout The Bahamas) payable to DHL. Cash on Delivery (COD) is available to Nassau & Freeport residents only.  All other islands including Abaco, Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Exuma must provide a bank draft $17 for shipment)OR
    • CASH ON DELIVERY (COD) for Nassau and Freeport Residents; OR
    • DHL account number; OR
    • Prepaid DHL Airway Bill.
  • GWS:
    • $17 (Bahamian dollars) bank draft or Postal Money Order payable to GWS; OR
    • CASH ON DELIVERY (COD); OR
    • Prepaid GWS Airway Bill
  • FedEx:
    • $11 (Bahamian dollars) bank draft (Nassau and Freeport) payable to FedEx. Other Islands:  $11.20 plus ODA Charge $28.00 = $39.20; OR
    • FedEx account number; OR
    • Prepaid FedEx Airway Bill 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING PROHIBITED ITEMS*:

The following items are not allowed in U.S. Embassy Nassau’s Consular Waiting Room during your interview:

  • Mobile phones · Electronic personal digital assistants · Car key fobs
  • Cameras · Audio or video recording devices
  • Laptop or tablet computers · Portable music players
  • Large travel bags, backpacks, briefcases or suitcases
  • Cosmetics (including, but not limited to, spray perfume/cologne and talcum/baby powder)
  • Glass bottles (a plastic baby bottle for a nursing child may be allowed)
  • Food items · Sealed envelopes or packages

*Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of Embassy security staff.  U.S. Embassy Nassau has no storage available.  If you are found to have prohibited items, you will be asked to dispose of them prior to entry.

Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews 

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

  • Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
  • Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
  • The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
  • It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
  • Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
  • Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
  • To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
  • The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
  • No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
  • Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
  • During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
  • Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
  • Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.