How to Renew a Trinidad Passport

After December 31, 2009, all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will need new machine readable passports (MRPs) to travel abroad. This new type of passport contains biographical data and follows standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The process of renewing a Trinidad and Tobago passport varies, depending on where you currently live. Here's a simplified overview for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who current reside in the U.S.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Things You'll Need:
  • Current Trinidad and Tobago Passport (valid or expired) Completed passport application form Trinidad and Tobago electronic birth certificate Money order made payable to The Consulate of Trinidad and Tobago Two clear photocopies of all original documents Two photocopies of the bio-data page of passport
  • Current Trinidad and Tobago Passport (valid or expired)
  • Completed passport application form
  • Trinidad and Tobago electronic birth certificate
  • Money order made payable to The Consulate of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Two clear photocopies of all original documents
  • Two photocopies of the bio-data page of passport
Step 1

Get a passport application from Trinidad and Tobago's Miami, New York or Washington, D.C.'s consulate or embassy offices or download it from their websites (see Resources). Each consulate and embassy office uses a slightly different form, so make sure you have the right one.

Step 2

Apply at the New York consulate office if you live in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Apply at the Miami consulate office if you live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Apply at the main Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Washington DC if you live in any other U.S. state.

Step 3

Read all instructions. Passport form A is for adults, while passport form B is for children under the age of 16. All children need their own individual passport and they cannot travel on their parents' passport

Step 4

Obtain your electronic birth certificate. You can ask a family member to obtain the certificate in Trinidad and Tobago. Otherwise, you can fill out a Letter of Authorization and submit it to the consulate abroad, but it will take more time.

Step 5

Gather all supplemental documents and copies. If applicable, these documents should also be included: an affidavit with the birth certificate; marriage certificate; divorce certificate; name change certificate; deed pool; U.S. citizenship certificate; restoration certificate and Trinidad and Tobago Registration or Naturalization Certificate.

Step 6

Apply in person if you are getting a machine readable passport for the first time. Renewals of the MRP can then be done by mail. Set an appointment at the correct consulate or embassy office by telephone.

Step 7

Fill out all your paperwork prior to your appointment. Bring all the necessary documents and copies with you. Always check the embassy and consulate website for any changes in procedure or fees.

Step 8

Bring a money order with the correct fee amount. The new machine readable passports for adults vary in price from $44 to $76, depending on the consulate office and the type of passport. The new passports are valid for 5 years.

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Jennifer Mangaly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing and international studies. She graduated with honors from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has worked as a consultant writer and editor for over eight years for a variety of corporate and non-profit clients.

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