October 25, 2016
Do you know where your passport is right now? Are you certain? Go ahead and check….you know you want to
It’s just where it should be? Good! But…what if it isn’t? What if it were stolen or lost either while you’re at home in the U.S. or, worse when you are traveling in a foreign country? What would you do?
Here is some valuable information that we hope will help you to be reunited with your current passport or will help you to apply for a replacement passport.
1. Online: Go to the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Passports & International Travel page which provides you with the steps to take to make your report online.
2. By Phone: To report a lost or stolen passport
From the U.S. & Canada 1-888-407-4747
From Overseas +1 202-501-4444
Save the contact details of the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate on your phone
If you are outside the U.S. when your passport is lost or stolen, you will have to replace it before you can re-enter the U.S. Here is what you’ll need to do:
Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance.
For the contact information of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the specific country you are visiting, do a search on this webpage and take the information with you.
The embassy or consulate will require documentation from you in order to replace your lost or stolen U.S. passport. This documentation will include:
If you are unable to provide all of this documentation, the embassy staff still will do whatever they can to assist you in replacing your passport in a timely manner.
Be aware that most U.S. embassies and consulates cannot issue passports on weekends or national holidays when the embassy/consulate typically is closed.
In the event of a crisis, there are officers available 24-7 for life or death emergencies for any U.S. citizen traveling abroad. You can contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance at any time if you have been attacked or are the victim of another serious crime, or if you have to travel sooner than scheduled due to a serious emergency situation.
There are officers available 24-7 for life or death emergencies
The following information is cited directly from U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Passports & International Travel page.
To replace a lost or stolen passport, you must submit Form DS-11 in person.
|You are in the United States and are traveling in 2 weeks or less||Make an appointment to apply in person at a passport agency or center to replace your passport. (Based on need, some restrictions apply.)|
|You are in the United States and are not traveling within 2 weeks||Make an appointment (if required) to apply at an authorized passport acceptance facility to replace your passport.|
Your passport is a valuable and extremely important document! Do whatever you can to ensure that it stays safe when you are traveling.
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Written by Katie Anton