FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My passport is expired. How can I renew it? How long does it take?

I lost my passport (or it was stolen). How do I replace it?

I was born in Jamaica but have never had a Jamaican passport? Can I apply for one now?

How much does it cost to renew/replace my passport?

Can I get my passport photos at a store that takes U.S. passport photos?

I do not have my Jamaican birth certificate? Can I get one without traveling to Jamaica?

My birth certificate is not in color, it is on white paper. Can I use it for my passport application?

Can I send photocopies of my birth certificate and/or marriage certificate with my passport application?

I lost my passport and it was my only form of ID! What can I do?

Where do I send my passport application and payment?

My parents/grandparent’s are Jamaican citizens. Can I apply for Jamaican citizenship?

I am U.S. citizen and I plan to visit Jamaica soon. Do I need a visa?

I am a U.S. permanent resident. Do I need a visa to visit Jamaica?

Q: My passport is expired. How can I renew it? How long does it take?

A: Your passport can be renewed by mail. Please see the list of items required to renew your passport here. If you have a current, government-issued photo ID, your passport application and photos can be certified by a Notary Public. If you do not have a current, government-issued photo ID, please contact us for assistance regarding certification. Once your complete application is accepted by the Embassy, it should take approximately 4 – 8 weeks to receive your new passport by mail.

 

Q: I lost my passport (or it was stolen). How do I replace it?

A:  A lost or stolen passport can be renewed by mail. Please see the list of items required to replace your passport here. If you have a current, government-issued photo ID, your passport application, photos and a copy of your ID can be certified by a Notary Public. If you do not have a current, government-issued photo ID, please contact us for assistance regarding certification. Once your complete application is accepted by the Embassy, it should take approximately 4 – 8 weeks to receive your replacement passport by mail.

 

Q: I was born in Jamaica but have never had a Jamaican passport? Can I apply for one now?

A: Yes. You can apply for a first-time passport by mail. Please see the list of items required here. First-time applicants must have their applications and photos certified by a consular officer. Please contact us by email or phone to schedule an appointment.

 

Q: How much does it cost to renew/replace my passport?

A: Please click here for current costs. Money orders or certified bank checks should be made payable to “Embassy of Jamaica”; cash or personal checks will not be accepted.

 

Q: Can I get my passport photos at a store that takes U.S. passport photos?

A: Generally, no. Please see the list of photo requirements here. Please note that the photos must be printed on matte photo paper. Many establishments that produce U.S. passport photos only use glossy photo paper, which will not be accepted for Jamaican passports. You may use any establishment that can produce quality photos meeting the requirements listed. However, for your convenience, we have listed a few photographers in Los Angeles that can assist you here.

 

Q: I do not have my Jamaican birth certificate? Can I get one without traveling to Jamaica?

A: Yes. You may order your birth certificate online through the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) at www.rgd.gov.jm. You will need your birth entry number (typically two letters followed by numbers). If you do not have your birth entry number, you may request it at the RGD site, just below the link to apply for your birth certificate.

 

Q: My birth certificate is not in color, it is on white paper. Can I use it for my passport application?

A: No, you will need to have a birth certificate in the current color format. You may order one online at www.rgd.gov.jm.

 

Q: Can I send photocopies of my birth certificate and/or marriage certificate with my passport application?

A: No. Photocopies of certificates will not be accepted. Certificates sent with your passport application will be returned to you.

 

Q: I lost my passport and it was my only form of ID! What can I do?

A: You may be able to apply for a passport based on a parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle’s declaration of your identity if they have current, valid identification. Please contact us for further information.

 

Q: Where do I send my passport application and payment?

A: Applications should be mailed to: Embassy of Jamaica, 1520 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Because you are sending sensitive documents, we suggest that you send your application using a traceable method (USPS Certified/Priority/Express Mail, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.), although this is not a requirement.

 

Q: My parents/grandparent’s are Jamaican citizens. Can I apply for Jamaican citizenship?

A: Yes. You may apply for Jamaican citizenship by descent. Please see here for details. In most cases, you may have dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship. However, there are exceptions such as those who require certain types of security clearance. It is important to research first, if you think you may have such a circumstance.

 

Q: I am U.S. citizen and I plan to visit Jamaica soon. Do I need a visa?

A: No. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to visit Jamaica. However, a valid passport is required for re-entry to the U.S.

 

Q: I am a U.S. permanent resident. Do I need a visa to visit Jamaica?

A: U.S. permanent residents holding a current, valid permanent resident card (with the exception of those holding passports from Taiwan) and who possess return or roundtrip tickets showing that their journey began in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands do not require a visa to visit Jamaica for periods of up to six months. However, a valid passport is required under the Western Hemispheric Travel Initiative.