Lost Passport Replacement Guide
You can replace a lost passport
much in the same way you acquire a new one. The only difference is that
you will need to report the loss and fill out an extra form. The same
is true if your passport was stolen. Being the case, it will take the
same amount of time as it does to obtain a new one unless you expedite your lost passport replacement
You can replace a lost passport while traveling abroad by visiting the
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. An emergency,
limited-validity passport will be issued to you if you need to travel
quickly. In order to facilitate the replacement of your travel
document, it is recommended that you maintain a copy of your passport
in a safe but accessible location.
Steps to Replace a Lost Passport
Step 1: Report Lost Passport
Step 2: Complete Application Form
Step 3: Gather Supporting Documents
Step 4: Visit Acceptance Facility
Report Lost Passport
Currently, there are two ways to report
a lost passport to the U.S. Department of State. One, you can complete
the Statement Regarding Stolen or Lost Passport, Form DS-64
(Opens in new window). You should fill out this form only if your lost
passport is still valid. Answer as many questions that you can with as
much detail as you can. Once you have completed the form you should
mail it to the address below.
U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
The second way to report the loss of your passport is to call the National Passport Information Center
The toll-free number is 1-877-487-2778. While calling may seem to be
the more expedient of the two methods, it is often very difficult to
get through. You may find it easier to complete Form DS-64
and send it in with the application for a new passport.
Important Notes Concerning a Lost or Stolen Passport
- Passports reported lost or stolen by telephone or by submitting
Form DS-64 are invalidated and can no longer be used for travel.
- The information you provide on Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a
Lost or Stolen Passport will be entered in our Consular Lost/Stolen
- If you recover the passport after you have reported it lost or
stolen, please submit it to the address listed above. When you submit
it, if requested - we will cancel it and return it to you. If not
requested, it will be destroyed.
- Once a passport is reported lost or stolen, it cannot be re-validated.
Complete Form DS-11: Application for a New U.S. Passport
of the criteria that you must meet in order to apply for a passport
renewal by mail is that you have to be able to submit your
previously-issued, undamaged passport. Applicants who have lost their
travel document are unable to submit them and, therefore, must apply
for a new passport using Form DS-11.
Just like reporting the lost passport, you have two options for completing the application form. One, you can complete Form DS-11 online
or you can complete the application for a new U.S. passport
offline and then print it.
If you print the application first and complete it offline, be
sure to use black ink and write as legibly as possible. Note, you
should not sign the application until asked to do so by an acceptance
Gather Supporting Documents
All documents required for a first-time passport will have to be
submitted together with the completed application in order to replace
your passport. Following is a list of the documents you will need.
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship
- Proof of identity
- Photocopy of the identification document
- One (1) recent passport photo
The document submitted as evidence of citizenship must be an
original or a certified copy. It will be returned to you after the
application is processed. It is recommended that you use protective
packaging and a traceable delivery method.
Parents or guardians who are applying to replace the lost
passport of a minor also need to submit evidence of their relationship
to the child. Valid photo IDs of both parents or guardians are also
required. One parent or guardian can apply if evidence of sole legal
custody can be submitted.
Visit Application Acceptance Facility
The completed application form and supporting documents must be submitted to an authorized acceptance agent at an application acceptance facility
Passport offices are often located in post offices, county and
municipal government offices and public libraries. Some facilities
offer on-site photo services. Many require an appointment.
An Acceptance Agent
will examine your application and supporting documents. An oath will be
administered and you will be asked to sign the application. Payment for
the execution fee is paid to the Acceptance Agent. Payment for the
application fee is made to the U.S. Department of State and should be
sent with the application and documents.
Standard processing is estimated to take up to 6 weeks. You can
request expedited service for an additional fee of $60. If you expedite
the process, your lost passport will be replaced in 2 to 3 weeks.
Replacing your passport faster requires that you schedule an
appointment at a regional agency
or apply through a registered expediting service in order to replace your lost passport quickly
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