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E-PASSPORT

Passport enrollments are administered by APPOINTMENT ONLY during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Please contact the Bahamas High Commission to schedule an appointment.

NOTICE

Hand written passport booklets were rendered invalid  on January 1st, 2015. All Bahamian Nationals in possession of hand-written passport booklets are required to schedule an appointment at the High Commission to apply for a Biometric Passport.

Passport enrollments are administered by appointment only during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Please contact the Bahamas High Commission to schedule an appointment.

While the High Commission administers the passport enrollment process in Ottawa, upon completion all applications are forwarded to The Bahamas Passport Office for production. Therefore, all required documents should be submitted at the time of enrollment to avoid any delays in the processing time.

Application Form must be completed in BLOCK LETTERS (e.g. DOE, JOHN) in blue or black ink only, and submitted with all relevant supplementary documentation at the time of application.

Processing Time

Once the enrollment process is complete, the processing time is usually 12 weeks. This does not include the courier delivery time. Ensure application is submitted with sufficient processing time and return delivery time.

Applications submitted with less than requested processing time may be accepted; however, application may be processed after applicant’s travel date.

 

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

  • Birth, and you did not relinquish your citizenship prior to applying for a passport
  • Registration or naturalization (through approval of the Immigration Department)
  • Descent (you were born to a parent who was a Bahamian citizen at the time of your birth)
  • Legal Adoption (you were adopted by a citizen of The Bahamas in The Bahamas)

FIRST TIME PASSPORT

Lawful parent/Legal guardian must be present with the applicant for interview

  • 1 completed application form
  • 3 recent colour photographs – U.S. visa size (One of the photographs, along with the relevant field on the application form, must be countersigned)
  • Child’s Birth Certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information)
  • National Insurance Card (if available)
  • Mother / Father passport
  • Mother/ Father birth certificate

Note that all birth certificates issued by Canadian authorities should indicate the full names of the parents. In Ontario, the required birth certificate is the statement of live birth (long form).

When using mother’s documents:

If the mother is born after 10th July, 1973, then the Applicant will also require:

  • Maternal grandmother’s birth certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information); OR
  • Maternal grandfather’s birth certificate and grandparents registered marriage certificate.

When using father’s documents:

If the father is born after 10th July, 1973, then the Applicant will also require:

  • Parents registered marriage certificate;
  • Paternal grandmother’s birth certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information); OR
  • Paternal grandfather’s birth certificate and grandparents registered marriage certificate.

Supplementary documentation

Applicants under the age of 18 are required to submit the following:

  • Immunization card
  • School letter/records, if applicable

For applicants over the age of 18, the following may be required for verification purposes:

School letter, Baptismal certificate, Hospital Record letter, Voter’s Registration card and Immunization card

FIRST TIME PASSPORT – BORN BEFORE 10TH JULY, 1973

  • 1 completed application form
  • 3 recent colour photographs – U.S. visa size (One of the photographs, along with the relevant field on the application form, must be countersigned)
  • Applicant’s Birth Certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information)
  • National Insurance card
  • Deed Poll, if applicable

Additionally, for verification purposes, the Applicant may be asked to bring in: Primary school letter, Baptismal certificate, Hospital Record letter, Voter’s Registration card, Immunization card

  Countersignature of Application

A countersignature must be provided in the following instances:

  • Lost/Stolen Passport
  • First Time Passport Application
  • Name change due to marriage and by deed poll

Relevant authorities authorized to countersign applications  include:

  • Marriage Officer
  • Medical Practitioner
  • Legal Counsel or Attorney of the Supreme Court
  • Officer of or above the rank of Assistant Head of a Government Department
  • Bank Manager
  • Magistrate
  • Justice of the Peace

All authorized persons must be personally acquainted with the applicant for at least two years

 NOTE: A member of the applicant’s immediate family is not authorized to authenticate/countersign the application.

RENEWAL OF E-PASSPORT

As of December 9th 2019, holders of Adult E-Passports will be able to renew their passports online here.

Applicants who wish to use Online Services for E-Passport renewals must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a Bahamian citizen who is 18 years or older, and must have an E-Passport.
  • Please note that this portal is for online renewal of E-Passports only. All applicants with lost, stolen and damaged passports, and persons requesting a name change, must apply in person at one of our Passport Offices or Overseas Missions.
  • Phase Two for the renewal of E-Passports on behalf of minors is not yet available, but will be introduced in the near future

Any inquires regarding Online Applications can be directed to the Help Desk at 1-242-397-2388 during the hours of 9AM to 5PM Eastern Time. Any inquiries or concerns can also be submitted to the Help Desk Email at [email protected]

COLLECTION:

Applicants must collect their passports at the selected Passport Office location or Overseas Missions.

All persons collecting passports must present the applicant’s most recent passport and the electronic receipt of payment.

Also:

  • Applicants who are now 18 years and in possession of a child’s E-Passport, are able to renew their E-Passports because they have attained adult status.

 

RENEWAL OF MANUAL PASSPORT (NOT E-PASSPORT)

  • 1 completed application form
  • Expired manual passport
  • 3 recent colour photographs – U.S. visa size (applicants should write name on back of passport photo)
  • Copy of Applicant’s Birth Certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information)
  • National Insurance Card (if available)
  • Copy of Mother / Father passport
  • Copy of Mother/ Father birth certificate

Note that all birth certificates issued by Canadian authorities should indicate the full names of the parents. In Ontario, the required birth certificate is the statement of live birth (long form).

Applicants requiring name change may require application form to be countersigned.

When using mother’s documents:

If the mother is born after 10th July, 1973, then the Applicant will also require copies of :

  • Maternal grandmother’s birth certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information); OR
  • Maternal grandfather’s birth certificate and grandparents registered marriage certificate

When using father’s documents:

If the father is born after 10th July, 1973, then the Applicant will also require copies of :

  • Parents registered marriage certificate
  • Paternal grandmother’s birth certificate/ Affidavit of birth (Affidavits must be registered with the Registrar General’s office in The Bahamas. Contact the mission for more information), OR
  •  Paternal grandfather’s birth certificate and grandparents registered marriage certificate

Additionally, for verification purposes, the Applicant may be asked to bring in: school letter, Baptismal certificate, Hospital Record letter, Voter’s Registration card, Immunization card

Prior to application, please contact Consular Officer to verify documents on file

CONSULAR FEES

  • Child’s Passport (under 16) – $25.00
  • Adult Passport (16 years and over) –  $50.00
  • Replacement of damaged, lost or stolen Passport – $50.00
  • Emergency Travel Document  – $35.00

All fees must be submitted in the EXACT amount and only in U.S dollars in the form of a bank draft, a bank money order, made payable to The Bahamas High Commission. The Bahamas High Commission will NOT accept Canadian currency, cash, personal or business cheques or credit cards- doing so will result in your application not being processed and/or returned.