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Important Passport Information

Passport Delivery

U.S. passports approved at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan are returned according to the procedures described below.

Pick Up in Person at the U.S. Embassy

You may come to the Embassy in person to pick up a passport any Thursday between 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., as long as the Embassy is not closed for a Belize or U.S. holiday.   You do not need an appointment to pick up your passport.  However, you must wait until you are first notified by email that your passport has arrived at the Embassy and is ready for pickup.

 Delivery by Courier Service (SPEEDIT/DHL)

You may choose to have your passport returned to you by the SPEEDIT/DHL courier service. In order to do so, please contact SPEEDIT/DHL at 501-223-6000 ext. 508 to arrange pick up of your passport at the U.S. Embassy after your receive an email notification from the Embassy that it is ready for delivery.  Applicants are responsible for paying SPEEDIT directly for their delivery service and for understanding the insurance coverage SPEEDIT provides.

Please visit the SPEEDIT’s website for office locations and further information at www.speedit.bz.


  • The Embassy is closed on all U.S. and Belize holiday
  • If you are still in possession of your old passport and it is still valid, you will need to bring it to the Embassy or send it by SPEEDIT so we can cancel it before we can release the new passport.
  • Applicants who choose to use SPEEDIT can track the shipping status of the package once it has been picked up at the Embassy at http://speedit.bz/web/index.php/package-tracking/.
  • If you choose to have your passport returned by courier the U.S. Embassy should be the sender and the applicant the receiver. Our address is:

    U.S. Passport Section
    U.S. Embassy Belize
    4 Floral Park Road
    Belmopan, Belize

Passport Photos


Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency.We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.Note: Photos must be 2″x2″ in size with a background that is uniform, plain and white, and free of shadows.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
  1. Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  2. Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  3. Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  4. Prescription glasses are not allow. Even when glasses are worn every day, you must remove your glasses for a photo.

Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.


Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.
  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.