Frequently Asked Questions – U.S. Citizen Services

Below is a non-exhaustive list of frequently asked questions regarding American citizen services.  For additional questions not found below, please email

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mali enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

In addition, U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with the Embassy’s SMS Alert system by emailing, with their full name, Malian telephone number and dates of travel.

Please visit our Passport webpage for instructions.

You can find information about voting at Federal Voting Assistance Program webpage at  and also at the Embassy’s voting page.

To file taxes overseas, you can refer to IRS Publication 54 and find U.S. Tax Information for Overseas Americans on the U.S. Embassy Bamako Taxes and Federal Benefits webpage.

No. U.S. driver licenses can only be renewed in the U.S. Please check your state requirements for renewing your license. Each state has different regulations on driver license renewals.

No. The Embassy does not have a school. The International School of Bamako (ISO) offers an English language educational program to children between the ages of 3 and 19 in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. However, the U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility or liability for services provided by this institution.

The U.S. Embassy does not have a community organization. However, we post information about Town Hall Meetings and other Embassy Events on our website at  and send notifications to U.S. citizens who have enrolled in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).