How to get a replacement passport
Whether you lost your passport or had it stolen, the replacement process is something every US citizen should know. The US passport is a very powerful form of ID recognized around the world, there are different security concerns if the document has been lost or potentially stolen. Getting a replacement passport depends on the circumstances, and whether you were abroad or at home. Here are a few of the steps you should take.
Report your passport book or card missing
The Department of State doesn’t accept many of its forms online, but reporting a lost or stolen passport is one of the exceptions. If you’re in the United States when you notice your passport is missing, time may be less of a concern; reporting a lost or stolen book should be done immediately, but reissuing it is not a high priority.
To report your US passport missing, call the Department of State at (877) 487-2778 or 888-874-7793 for TTY. In addition, you can fill out Form DS-64 (Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen U.S. Passport Book and/or Card) from the Department of State website and submit it by mail or through the Internet.
How to Get a Replacement Passport
If your passport was lost or stolen abroad, you may head to any US consulate or embassy in your host country with whatever form of ID you have (if any) and start the application process to replace your passport. A police report, signed and dated by local officials, is often necessary to reissue the document.
When you’re outside the US, there are a few options available to you when replacing your passport. Someone living abroad with a stable residence may simply wish to apply for a new ten-year document, while others on holiday or an extended stopover only need something to take them home. If you’ve been a victim of a theft or robbery, the loss of other personal items like credit cards and computers may necessitate an early departure. Consular staff can issue an emergency passport valid for the remainder of your international trip, provided the flights are all booked and the itinerary confirmed – getting the visas to these countries in your emergency passport is another matter, however.
If you do want to apply for a replacement passport, bring in a copy of the form proving you have reported your passport lost or stolen, Form DS-11 for a new US passport, a recent passport-sized photo, proof of US citizenship (e.g. state-issued driver’s license and social security card; birth certificate), a copy of the local police report showing your passport was lost or stolen, and any applicable fees, in the form of an international money order in USD.
Receiving Your Replacement Passport
Receiving a replacement passport abroad means returning to the embassy or consulate at the time specified when you turned in your application (emergency passports may be issued that same day). The waiting time varies for foreign residents, but some applications can be processed in a few weeks.
If you’re currently in the United States but need to obtain a replacement passport in two weeks or less, it’s recommended you turn in Form DS-64 and all required documents in person at one of the 26 regional passport offices. You’ll have to make an appointment and pay for expedited processing, but it’s better than missing your flight because you don’t have a valid passport book.
If you do have more than two weeks to replace your lost or stolen passport, you can choose to send all the paperwork to the US Department of State by mail. Be advised this passport replacement process may take up to several weeks.
Travel Visa Pro Helps with Getting a Replacement Passport
Travel Visa Pro can help expedite the process for a replacement passport. If you don’t live close to a regional passport agency and still need new travel documents for an upcoming trip, you can entrust your application to one of our nine staffed offices across the country or any of our dozens of pick up and drop off locations located in major cities. Instead of sending out your passport application through the mail and just waiting for it to be returned, with Travel Visa Pro you can specify the time that works best for you so you can travel without the stress.
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