How to Quickly Replace a Lost Passport

How to Quickly Replace a Lost Passport
If you have lost your passport, not only are you unable to enter foreign countries, but you will also have difficulty re-entering the United States. Additionally, a lost passport exposes you to fraud and stolen identity. It is crucial to report a lost passport immediately.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport Form DS-64 Black pen
  • Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport
  • Form DS-64
  • Black pen
Step 1
Fill out Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport. You can pick up the DS-64 form from a Passport Agency or Acceptance Facility. This form is also available for download at http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds64/ds64_845.html. You must fill out, sign and date the form using only black ink.
Step 2
Submit a DS-11 form to an approved passport acceptance facility along with your DS-64 form. You can find a regional passport acceptance facility on the US Department of State's website http://travel.state.gov/passport/about/agencies/agencies_913.html.
Step 3
Make an appointment with a Regional Passport Agency. You should only make an appointment if you need a passport to travel outside of the United States in fewer than 2 weeks or if you need a passport in less than 4 weeks so that you can obtain a foreign visa. Contact the National Passport Information Center to find your local branch. Information on finding locations can be found at http://travel.state.gov/passport/about/npic/npic_898.html.

Tips & Warnings

 
Check the US Department of State's website before reporting your lost passport for updated rules and regulations. If you find your lost passport, you are required to mail it to the US Department of State. The passport, although invalidated, can be returned to you by request only. U.S. Department of State Passport Services Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036
 
Check the US Department of State's website before reporting your lost passport for updated rules and regulations.
 
If you find your lost passport, you are required to mail it to the US Department of State. The passport, although invalidated, can be returned to you by request only.
 
U.S. Department of State
 
Passport Services
 
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
 
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
 
Washington, DC 20036
 
Once you report your lost passport, it will be invalidated. If you find the passport, you will be unable to use the document for travel and could be stopped by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) if you attempt to re-enter the United States. Your lost passport puts you at risk for identity fraud. After reporting your lost passport to the US Department of State, it will benefit you to monitor your credit reports regularly for signs of identity theft.
 
Once you report your lost passport, it will be invalidated. If you find the passport, you will be unable to use the document for travel and could be stopped by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) if you attempt to re-enter the United States.
 
Your lost passport puts you at risk for identity fraud. After reporting your lost passport to the US Department of State, it will benefit you to monitor your credit reports regularly for signs of identity theft.

Article Written By Shannon Marks

Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.

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