How to Replace a Lost Passport Fast

How to Replace a Lost Passport Fast
Whether you are planning to hike the hills of Ireland, trek across the Normandy coast or explore the natural wonders of Malaysia, a lost passport can present a much larger obstacle than that steep climb to the top of India's most panoramic summit. Securing a new passport in a hurry can be easier than you think, however. Armed with a little knowledge and a strategy for obtaining quick turnaround, vacationers will save themselves the stress and aggravation of a long wait for a passport before their upcoming trip.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • I.D.
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Photocopies of identification documents
Step 1
Report a lost or stolen passport immediately by phone. Contact the U.S. Department of State at (877) 487-2778 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, except on federal holidays. You can also report your lost or stolen passport by mail using Form DS-64.
Step 2
Make an appointment with a regional passport agency if you need a passport in less than two weeks. Contact the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778 to locate a passport agency. Stay on the line if you wish to speak to a representative anytime after Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Sometimes representatives are available after hours to assist customers.
Step 3
Call the U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-4000 if you are facing a life or death emergency and cannot find an appointment to meet your needs, or if you are calling on a federal holiday or after hours. Explain your situation to the operator.
Step 4
Go to the nearest passport agency or acceptance facility to replace your lost or stolen passport if you are not facing an immediate emergency. You must submit the Application for a U.S. Passport (Form DS-11), and your Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport (Form DS-64).
Step 5
Follow the instructions exactly for filling out both of the above forms. For example, do not sign the form until you are instructed to do so at the acceptance facility or passport agency. You must also bring additional identification documents with you, including photocopies.
Step 6
Apply for expedited service, which will require an additional fee. Pay the extra cost for overnight delivery service, as well.
Step 7
Consider contacting a private passport expediting service. Review terms and conditions before using a service, as many operations require a hefty fee. In some cases, U.S. passports can be obtained within 24 hours, but there are no guarantees.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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