What Do I Do If My Passport Is Lost or Stolen?

What Do I Do If My Passport Is Lost or Stolen?
The U.S. Department of State offers many guidelines for lost or stolen passports. So, no matter if your passport turns up missing while hiking in the middle of nowhere, atop the highest mountain or in the thickest jungle, you first must report the passport lost or stolen. Then, you may apply for a new passport by completing an application and submitting the required documentation.

Report the Lost or Stolen Passport

Complete form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport to report a passport lost or stolen. Include lots of detail on the form and sign it.

Lost or Stolen Passports Overseas

If a passport is lost overseas, go to the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in that country as soon as possible. Personnel there will help you to report the lost passport and apply for a new one, so that you will not have any trouble traveling back to the U.S. or to other countries so that you can continue your adventure.

Apply for a New Passport

Fill out an application for a new passport, Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport, to replace the lost or stolen one. This form may be completed online, but do not sign it until you are in the presences of personnel at the passport acceptance facility.

Show Proof of Citizenship and Identification

Present proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or citizenship certification. Identification must also be presented. Some acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license or military identification.

Photocopy of Identification

A photocopy of the identification presented must also be included with the passport application. The copy should be on white paper, and copies should be made only on the front side of the pages.

Get Photos and Pay Fees

Include two color identical passport photos with the application. Also, pay the appropriate fees. It is best to obtain the current passport fee amount from the acceptance facility.

Article Written By Erica Sweeney

Erica Sweeney is a freelance writer and editor based in Little Rock, Ark. She has a master's in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her work has been published at SaidIt.org, Arkansas Times, Aging Arkansas and Arkansas Business.

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