How to Report a Lost Passport

How to Report a Lost Passport
Losing your US passport is a troubling experience. However, if you take the necessary steps to report the loss of your passport, the consequences of the loss can be mitigated. The process of reporting the loss of your passport varies depending on whether you are in the United States or outside of the county at the time of the loss.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport Number Form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport
  • Passport Number
  • Form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport
Step 1
Contact the US Department of State if you are currently in the United States when you discover that your passport is lost or potentially stolen. There are two options for doing this.
Step 2
Contact the US Department of State by calling its toll-free number: (877) 874-2778. This number will connect you with an agent who can handle your report.
Step 3
You can also fill out form DS-64 to report your lost or stolen passport. The form can be found at the US Department of State's website. You will need to provide your name, address, passport number and an explanation regarding the circumstances surrounding the loss of your passport. Complete the report and mail it to:

US Department of State
Passport Service
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

If you apply for a replacement passport, you must submit Form DS-64.
Step 4
Contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate immediately if you are outside of the United States when you discover that your passport is lost or potentially stolen. Check out the US Department of State's website, www.usembassy.gov, to find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you.

Tips & Warnings

 
Locate the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to your travel destination before you go, and write down the phone number and address. Having this information on hand when you are abroad will be helpful if you lose your passport abroad or find yourself in an emergency situation.
 
Always keep your passport in a safe and secure place to avoid having it lost or stolen, especially when traveling abroad.

Article Written By Krystal Wascher

Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.

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