What to Do If Your United States Passport Is Lost or Stolen?

What to Do If Your United States Passport Is Lost or Stolen?
Whether your passport is lost or stolen, it's important to report it to the State Department immediately. Your passport contains information that allows thieves to easily steal your identity. Once reported, your passport will be invalidated. If you attempt to enter into any country, or re-enter the United States, you risk security complications and denial into the country.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

What to Do When Your Passport is Lost or Stolen

Things You’ll Need:
  • Form DS-64 Form DS-11 Two color passport photos Applicable fees
  • Form DS-64
  • Form DS-11
  • Two color passport photos
  • Applicable fees
Step 1
If you are overseas when your passport is lost or stolen, you need to contact the United States embassy or consulate. A list of worldwide American embassies and consulates can be found at http://www.usembassy.gov/.
Step 2
On American soil, to report a stolen or lost passport, you must fill out form DS-64, which officially declares your passport lost or stolen. Mail your signed and dated form to:
• U.S. Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

After your lost or stolen passport form is received, your passport will be invalidated. If you recover your documents, you will not be able to travel with them. A passport reported lost or stolen cannot be reactivated.
Step 3
If you find your lost or stolen passport, you must mail it to the U.S. State Department address listed above. Only upon request will your passport be sent back to you.
Step 4
To apply for a new passport, you must fill out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport and appear in person at a passport agency. You can get this document online at http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html, or at a passport acceptance facility. You can search for your closest passport facility at http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/.
Step 5
When appearing at a passport facility to apply for a new passport, you need to bring a check or money order for applicable fees. See a current fee schedule at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/fees/fees_837.html. You must also bring two color passport photos with you.

Tips & Warnings

 
Keeping a photocopy of your passport on file, in a safe location, can help if you ever misplace your documents. You will be asked for specific information from your passport, including your unique passport number. Check the State Department's website regularly for updated laws and amendments concerning passport issues.
 
Keeping a photocopy of your passport on file, in a safe location, can help if you ever misplace your documents. You will be asked for specific information from your passport, including your unique passport number.
 
Check the State Department's website regularly for updated laws and amendments concerning passport issues.
 
A lost or stolen passport increases your risk for identity theft. You can monitor your credit for signs of suspicious activity at AnnualCreditReport.com

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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