Passport Services

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.

U.S. Passport Delivery/Passback:

All applicants who personally appear for regular U.S. passport book, U.S. passport card or CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) services at U.S. Embassy Nassau’s Consular Section should provide a B$ bank draft or account number for FedEx or DHL.

This is to ensure immediate delivery of the new U.S. passport book, passport card or CRBA once received from production in the United States.  Processing your valid U.S. travel or civil documents provides a speedy exit option to depart the Bahamas during the annual hurricane season.

Fee Options:

  • FedEx: $22 $B bank draft (throughout the Bahamas)
  • DHL: $17 $B bank draft or Postal Money order (throughout the Bahamas)
  • DHL – CASH ON DELIVERY (COD)
  • FedEx or DHL account numbers

Before you may be given your new U.S. passport, you must demonstrate that you will only have one valid U.S. passport in your possession.  Please first provide photographic evidence of this by punching holes at the bottom of the biographic page (page 2) and email that evidence to ACSNassau@state.gov .  You may also elect to bring in the physical U.S. passport book to the Consular Section for manual cancellation.

Please remember to still secure old U.S. passport books afterward as they still serve as valid identification for the bearer as a U.S. citizen – it is merely no longer valid for travel.

Fees

Complete fee information is available here. The same fee is charged if inserting one or multiple sets of pages in the same passport, simultaneous. 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. ACS 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 fail to provide the information, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application.  You will also subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.

If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

If you are in the Bahamas or Turks & Caicos and require a new or replacement Social Security number card, you should contact the Federal Benefits Unit in San Jose, Costa Rica https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/

If you have been issued a social security number and cannot remember it, or are unsure as to whether you have ever been issued one, we recommend that you contact the Federal Benefits Unit in San Jose, Costa Rica https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/ prior to your appointment.

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 business days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

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.

Questions?

Please email acsnassau@state.gov

 

(Note:  If your current passport was issued before you were 16 years of age or if it was issued more than 15 years ago,  you must follow the instructions for “Apply for a Passport”.

Applications for renewal of an adult’s U.S. passport are accepted at Embassy Nassau in person by appointment or by mail from within The Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands. The following documents/items must be presented to the ACS Unit:

  • Your current or recently expired U.S. passport.
  • A completed and signed DS-82 Application Form.
  • Your Social Security number (entered on your application form).
  • One passport photo taken within the last 6 months (2″x2″ in size).
  • The passport renewal fee – available at http://www.travel.state.gov. It can be paid at the ACS Unit in U.S. dollars or equivalent in Bahamian dollars, or can be submitted by a bank or postal money order.  Postal money orders must be in Bahamian Dollars.
  • Make copies of all documents being submitted (i.e. Passport, Marriage Certificate, etc).
  • (If your name is no longer the same as on your previous passport) Appropriate documentation showing a change of name (i.e. Court order, Marriage Certificate, etc).

To renew your passport by mail from within The Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands, send the items listed above (passport, photos, fee, completed application form DS-82, and any supporting documents in a registered envelope or via courier to:

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

Enclose a money order for $110 payable to U.S. Embassy, Nassau. And a separate money order payable to the courier company.  Please check with the courier company for the costs related to the return. If using a Bahamas Postal Money Order, please make sure it is in Bahamian Dollars.

Please note, if you do not wish to collect your new passport in person from the Embassy, please also enclose a prepaid, self-addressed courier envelope/label. Passports may not be sent via regular (non-registered) mail nor may they be sent to any country other than within The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

This link has information on how to make an appointment if you are applying in person.

Additional information on U.S. passport applications worldwide can be found on the Consular Affairs website.

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.  This process generally takes five to ten working days.  Please take this extra time into consideration when applying for or renewing passports at the Embassy, and plan your travel accordingly.

In addition to presenting original documents for the issuance of a passport, you must make good copies of all documents to be submitted for each applicant – including US passports, US birth certificates, Naturalization Certificates, Consular Report of Birth Abroad and parents passports.

The method of application and requirements will depend on a number of factors.  Please follow the link below that best describes your request.

Passport Applications

  • Adult’s Passport (Renewal) – You wish to renew an existing full-validity passport (i.e.: one that was valid for ten years) that is about to expire or expired no more than five years ago.
  • Adult’s Passport (First Time/Reissue) – You are a U.S. Citizen aged 18 or older, but are unable to present a previous full-validity passport that expired no more than two years ago. (Either you never had a passport before, or it was lost/stolen, or it was not a full-validity passport, or it expired more than two years ago!)
  • Child’s Passport (Full Validity) – You are applying for a passport for a U.S. Citizen who is aged 16 or 17.
  • Child’s Passport (Limited Validity) – You are applying for a passport for a U.S. citizen who is under the age of 16.
  • Emergency Passports – You do not have a valid U.S. passport and have an urgent need to travel within the two weeks.
  • Diplomatic Passport Application Form (PDF 127 KB)

Other Passport Services

Reporting a Lost or Stolen Passport

Passport Amendments and Name Changes

Do You Need More Pages in Your Passport?

Completed passports:
You will be prompted via email when your new passport is ready for collection. Pick up days are Monday – Friday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

If you have questions, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit via e-mail at: acsnassau@state.gov.

Name Changes and Other Amendments

See this Department of State chart to determine how to correct, change or update your U.S. passport, or click here for information concerning name changes under different circumstances. You need to make an appointment for any service you require.

American citizens should inform the U.S. Embassy in Nassau if their U.S. passport or passport card is lost or stolen in The Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Please complete a Form DS-64 Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport, and send/bring it to the Embassy.

We also recommend that Americans promptly report any loss or theft of a passport to the appropriate law enforcement office in the jurisdiction where the loss/theft occurred. This will help prevent unlawful use of the passport by another person.

If you need to replace the lost/stolen passport, please follow the instructions for Adult or Children (age 15 and younger) passport applications, as appropriate.

We recommend that you do not attempt to use a lost/stolen passport if it is subsequently recovered.

U.S. Citizens age 0 to 15

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 his/her parents or legal guardian.  They must also bring the following documentation/information:

  1. Proof of the child’s U.S. Citizenship (such as the child’s previous U.S. passport,  Consular Report of Birth Abroad,  Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, or a certified copy of the child’s U.S. birth certificate);
  2. Social Security Number (SSN) of the applicant, in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.  If the child has never had a social security number, he or she should submit an application for an SSN together with the passport application.
  3. One  passport photo of the child taken within the last 6 months (Passport Photo Requirements).
  4. The passport execution and issuances fees can be paid at the ACS Unit in U.S. Dollars or Bahamian Dollars, all in one currency.
  5. A completed DS-11 Application Form.
  6. Evidence of Parentage/Guardianship (required for all children under age 16).  This evidence consists of a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate or of the court order granting adoption/guardianship, depending on the circumstances. This document will be used to determine who the child’s legal parent(s) or guardian(s) is(are), as only that (those) person(s) may obtain a U.S. passport for the child.
  7. Parental Consent (required for all children under age 16).  In general, all the parents/guardians listed on the “evidence of parentage/guardianship” must accompany the child to the embassy to countersign the child’s passport application. (If only one parent is listed, then only that parent needs to countersign the application).  The parents/guardians must present their own photo IDs to prove they are those parents/guardians.  (Please note  – if your name is no longer the same as shown on your child’s birth certificate, you will need to bring in documentation to show how your name was changed).

If one parent/guardian is unable to accompany the child due to a compelling reason, that parent must provide a Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent to issuance of a passport for the child.  Please note:  the Statement of Consent must be signed and notarized, and presented by the other parent/guardian along with a copy of the parents I.D. (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).

Additional information on passport applications by minors, including certain extenuating circumstances, can be found on the Department of State’s website.

For more information on the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 click here.

To schedule an appointment to apply for a passport, please access our Online Appointment System.

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

Persons who need emergency passports should apply in person during regular working hours and should follow the regular instructions for the type of passport that pertains to them. No appointment is required, although the applicant should present a police report (if their passport was lost/stolen) or an itinerary showing urgent travel within the next two weeks.

Certain requirements can be waived for victims of crime, etc. Once approved, the average processing time is 30 minutes. Although emergency passports can sometimes be issued outside of normal business hours, this is usually only authorized in genuine life-or-death situations.

A U.S. citizen may receive a full validity (ten year) passport beginning at age 16.  Applications for these passports are accepted by appointment.  The applicant must appear in person and present the following documents:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (such as:  an old U.S. passport, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original U. S. birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Identity (such as a current Driver’s License or other government-issued photo I.D.)  (Please note:  if your name on your ID differs from that on your proof of citizenship, you will need to present evidence of the name change.)
  • Social Security number of the applicant (This is required for all applicants over the age of one year.  If the applicant has never had a social security number, he or she must apply for one concurrently with any passport application.)
  • One recent passport photo taken within the last six (6) months (2″x2″ in size).
  • Make copies of all documents being submitted, (applicant’s passport, birth certificate and parent’s passport)
  • The passport execution and issuances fees – available athttp://travel.state.gov. It can be paid at the ACS Unit in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars, or by major credit card.  If using a Bahamas Postal Money Order, please make sure it is in Bahamian dollars.
  • A completed DS-11 Application Form http://travel.state.gov.
  • (If your previous passport was stolen) a copy of a police report regarding theft of the previous passport
  • (If your previous passport was lost or stolen) A completed Statement of Loss Form DS-64 http://travel.state.gov.
  • (If you are 16 or 17 years of age) You must appear in person to apply.

Please access our Online Appointment System in order to schedule an appointment.

 

A U.S. citizen may receive a full validity (ten year) passport beginning at age 16.  Applications for these passports are accepted by appointment.  The applicant must appear in person and present the following documents:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (such as:  an old U.S. passport, Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original U. S. birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Identity (such as a current Driver’s License or other government-issued photo I.D.)  (Please note:  if your name on your ID differs from that on your proof of citizenship, you will need to present evidence of the name change.)
  • Social Security number of the applicant (This is required for all applicants over the age of one year.  If the applicant has never had a social security number, he or she must apply for one concurrently with any passport application.)
  • One recent passport photo taken within the last six (6) months (2″x2″ in size).
  • Make copies of all documents being submitted, (applicant’s passport, birth certificate and parent’s passport)
  • The passport execution and issuances fees – available athttp://travel.state.gov. It can be paid at the ACS Unit in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars, or by major credit card.  If using a Bahamas Postal Money Order, please make sure it is in Bahamian dollars.
  • A completed DS-11 Application Form http://travel.state.gov.
  • (If your previous passport was stolen) a copy of a police report regarding theft of the previous passport
  • (If your previous passport was lost or stolen) A completed Statement of Loss Form DS-64 http://travel.state.gov.
  • (If you are 16 or 17 years of age) You must appear in person to apply.

Please access our Online Appointment System in order to schedule an appointment.

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 his/her parents or legal guardian.  They must also bring the following documentation/information:

  1. Proof of the child’s U.S. Citizenship (such as the child’s previous U.S. passport,  Consular Report of Birth Abroad,  Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, or a certified copy of the child’s U.S. birth certificate);
  2. Social Security Number (SSN) of the applicant, in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.  If the child has never had a social security number, he or she should submit an application for an SSN together with the passport application.
  3. One  passport photo of the child taken within the last 6 months (Passport Photo Requirements)
  4. The passport execution and issuances fees can be paid at the ACS Unit in U.S. Dollars or Bahamian Dollars, all in one currency.
  5. A completed DS-11 Application Form
  6. Evidence of Parentage/Guardianship (required for all children under age 16).  This evidence consists of a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate or of the court order granting adoption/guardianship, depending on the circumstances.  This document will be used to determine who the child’s legal parent(s) or guardian(s) is(are), as only that(those)  person(s) may obtain a U.S. passport for the child.
  7. Parental Consent (required for all children under age 16).  In general, all the parents/guardians listed on the “evidence of parentage/guardianship” must accompany the child to the embassy to countersign the child’s passport application. (If only one parent is listed, then only that parent needs to countersign the application.)  The parents/guardians must present their own photo IDs to prove they are those parents/guardians.  (Please note  – if your name is no longer the same as shown on your child’s birth certificate, you willneed to bring in documentation to show how your name was changed.)

If one parent/guardian is unable to accompany the child due to a compelling reason, that parent must provide a Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent to issuance of a passport for the child.  Please note:  the Statement of Consent must be signed and notarized, and presented by the other parent/guardian along witha copy of the parents I.D. (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).

Additional information on passport applications by minors, including certain extenuating circumstances, can be found on the Department of State’s website.

For more information on the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 click here.

 To schedule an appointment to apply for a passport, please access ourOnline Appointment System.