How Do I Renew My Jamaican Passport?

Renewing your Jamaican passport is a process that can take up to a month, depending on your closest Jamaican Mission. Citizens of Jamaica living at home or abroad need to renew their passports every 10 years in order to keep them current. Visit Jamaica's Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency website to find the application online, or ask for one at your nearest Jamaican Consulate or Embassy.

Download and print the application form for first-time or renewal passports from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency of Jamaica (PICA).

Fill out sections A through F of the application, including information about your current passport status in the section "Particulars of Most Recent Passport." Check the box in the "Declaration" section to state that you have surrendered all previous passports, except for your current one, which will be enclosed with the application.

Obtain two colour passport-sized photos from a photo processing centre or drugstore to submit with your application.

Request a copy of your birth certificate or proof of Jamaican citizenship from the appropriate county clerk or registrar.

Visit a notary public or other professional person for certification of your documents. PICA suggests a justice of the peace, attorney, dentist or bank manager as possibilities. These officials sign your passport photos, birth certificate and application.

Send all documents, along with your current passport, directly to PICA or to the closest authorised Jamaican Mission, if you live outside of Jamaica. In the United States, the only acceptable Jamaican authorities are the Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Consulates in New York and Miami. Applications in Kingston, Jamaica usually are processed within seven days. It can take up to 20 days for overseas applications.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Two passport photos
  • Birth certificate
  • Certification official
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Emily Manthei holds a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh and has written for publications as diverse as the "Oxford Journal of Theological Studies," "Emanuel Levy Film Reviews," "USA Today" and "Northern Express Magazine." She also writes screenplays for short and feature films.