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Bahamas - Obtain Temporary Travel Document (Certificate of Identification)

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Introduction

This procedure provides you information about how to obtain a Certificate of Identification or a Temporary Travel Document in The Bahamas.

Eligibility

The applicant should have been born in The Bahamas after 10th July, 1973 to non-Bahamian parents.

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Procedure

Following are the ways through which the application for the Temporary Travel Document can be made.

Apply In-Person
To apply for Temporary Travel Document, Please visit one of the following office locations with the documents that are listed under the Required Documents section of this page where they should be able to help you apply for the document.

The Ministry Offices or Sub-offices:
Passport Office
Basden Building
Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
Tel. (242) 325-2814/8
Fax. (242) 325-4832
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Freeport:
P.O. Box F-43536
National Insurance Building
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel. (242) 352-5698
Fax. (242) 352-5672
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Apply On-line

  1. To apply o-line, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
  2. Complete the application. The applicant will get a confirmed appointment within 48 hours.
  3. Go to the designated passport office and take along all relevant documents in support of your application.
  4. Online applicants are served at a dedicated window. Once all document requirements have been met, the applicant must pay the relevant fees.
  5. All first time applicants must be interviewed by a Passport Interviewing officer. Note: All babies must be seen by the interviewing officer. Lawful parent/Legal guardian must appear with the applicant for the interview.
  6. Applicants must return to the Passport Office with the receipt for collection of Certificate of Identity. Note: A third party can collect on behalf of the applicant. The third party must have a letter of authorization from the applicant and photo ID (Driver’s Licence or Passport).

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Required Documents

Infant to 18 years old:

  • 1 completed application form.
  • 3 recent photographs 2 to 2 ½ inches by 1 ½ to 2 inches. One of the photographs must be countersigned by a Justice of the Peace/Lawyer/Pastor, along with the relevant field in application form.
  • Applicant’s original Birth Certificate/Affidavit of birth (in addition to translation if applicable).
  • Immunization card or Baptismal certificate, if available.
  • Mother’s passport.
  • When using father’s documents: the registered marriage certificate (if foreign, English translation required); in addition to the Father’s passport.



Adults 18 years and older:

  • 1 completed application form.
  • 3 recent photographs 2 to 2 ½ inches by 1 ½ to 2 inches. One of photographs must be countersigned by a Justice of the Peace/Lawyer/Pastor, along with the relevant field in application form.
  • Applicant’s original Birth Certificate/ Affidavit of birth (along with official translation if applicable).
  • Immunization card or Baptismal certificate, if available.

All foreign documents must be Legalized (non-Hague Convention countries) or Apostilled (Hague Convention Countries) and officially translated (if necessary).

Fees

You must pay an application fee of BS$25.00. Payment may be made in the form of cash or by bank card (LINX) at any Foreign Affairs Office or Sub-Office in The Bahamas.

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Processing Time

Certificate of Identity usually takes a period of three to five weeks. Please note that this may vary during peak periods, so applicants are advised to refer to the date on the Auxiliary Receipt for the collection date.

Office Locations & Contacts

The Ministry Offices or Sub-offices:
Passport Office
Basden Building
Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
Tel. (242) 325-2814/8
Fax. (242) 325-4832
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Freeport:
P.O. Box F-43536
National Insurance Building
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel. (242) 352-5698
Fax. (242) 352-5672
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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