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All persons who either work on the ports or those who have business to attend to at the ports must secure an identification card to access the port.

Following is a procedure on how to apply for a port identification in The Bahamas.


Individuals who are eligible to receive Port Identification Cards:

  • Port Employees
  • Environmental Health employees
  • Immigration employees
  • Road Traffic employees
  • Customs Employees
  • Tourism Employees
  • Ferryboat Operators and Ship Agents
  • Jet Ski Operators
  • Tour Guides
  • Taxi Drivers
  • Vendors and Musicians

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  1. If you are eligible to obtain a port identification, you may apply for one by filling in an application form.
  2. Submit the completed form along with all other required documents and your payment for the application fee.
  3. The applicant must also provide all necessary supporting documents.
  4. Your application will be reviewed by the Port Department.
  5. Once approved, identification will be issued to the applicant.

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Required Documents

  • Completed application form: The Application for Port Security Access Identification Card form may be collected from any of the offices listed on the 'contact info' section.
  • Supporting Documents:
    • A letter requesting permission to enter the port
    • Job reference letter
    • A valid passport (first three pages of passport)
    • National Insurance Number
    • Police Record (not less than three months old)
    • Ferryboat and Jet Ski operators must also provide:
      • Operators Licence
      • Master’s Licence and/or STCW Certification


Port Identification: BS$25.


All port identification cards must be renewed annually.

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Processing Time

The Port Department may be able to complete the processing of your application for port identification within the same day, provided all the required documents are submitted.

Office Locations & Contacts

New Providence Offices Prince George Wharf
P.O. Box N-8175
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 322-1596 or 326-7654
Fax. (242) 322-5545

Dock Master’s Office
Potter’s Cay
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 393-1064
Fax. (242) 394-1240

Grand Bahama Office
P.O. Box F 2044
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 352-9163
Fax. (242) 351-4538

Abaco Office
P.O. Box Ab 20922
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 367-0038
Fax. (242) 367-0041

Office Hours (for all offices): 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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