American Passport Replacement - How to Replace a Passport Fast
steps to replace a lost, stolen or significantly damaged passport are
the similar to what is required to apply for a new passport. There are
a few differences which are discussed below.
Applying for a passport replacement
can take up to six weeks to be completed. You can request expedited
service in order to get your new passport in two to three weeks.
Replacing your travel document more quickly requires you visit a
regional agency. If you are unable to submit the application yourself,
you can authorize a third party to do it for you. This can be a friend,
family member, travel agent or an expedited passport courier service
Limited-validity passports, those that are soon to expire and passport
that expired less than 5 years ago can be replaced by submitting form
DS-82 if you were age 16 or older when the passport was issued. This is
the same application form that is used to apply for a passport renewal
Lost Passport Replacement
One of the most common reasons travelers need to replace a passport is
because theirs have been lost. This occurs a lot with those who travel
infrequently. Years can lapse between international trips. The passport
is put away in a "safe" place but, when needed, the owner cannot seem
to remember where it was placed. Many passports are lost during moves.
The travel document is packed away in box, shipped off to the new
location and never seen again. Frequent fliers also lose passports but,
more often than not, this occurs while they are traveling.
Whatever the reason, lost passport replacement basically
requires you to apply as if for the first time. Not only do you have to
personally appear and submit all the documents again, you also need to
report the lost document. For complete details, click the link to learn
how to replace a lost passport
Stolen Passport Replacement
Replacing a stolen passport is similar to getting a lost passport
replaced. You have to visit an application acceptance facility,
regional agency, U.S. embassy or consulate general where you will
submit form DS-11 along with all supporting documentation. Before doing
this, you should file an official police report and take it with you
when you submit the application.
If you are in the United States and have imminent plans to travel abroad, you can get an expediter to replace stolen passport fast
. Otherwise, click the link for complete instructions on how to replace a stolen passport
Damaged Passport Replacement
U.S. passports that are damaged or in poor condition should be
replaced, even if there is validity remaining in them. One of the most
common ways that a passport can be damaged is when it is accidentally
washed along with clothes. A damaged passport is one that has been
altered, damaged, or mutilated to the extent that the ability to read
it is impaired. This is relative and open to opinion as to what
constitutes readability. However, the final decision rests with the
agent that examines your passport at a port of entry. If you have any
doubt as to whether your damaged passport would be accepted or not, it
is better to replace it and avoid any problems. For more information,
visit the damaged passport
Applying for a lost, stolen or damaged passport replacement takes four
to six weeks. You can get it done faster by requesting expedited
service. If you have a flight booked within two weeks, you can visit
the nearest regional passport agency
or authorize a professional expediter to submit your application for fast passport replacement
Q&A about Replacing a Passport
Click the links below to read answers to frequently asked questions about replacing a United States passport.
Do I need a new passport
Question: My passport went through a washing in a washing machine. I
can still read all of the information on the inside front cover,
identify myself ...
Getting a new passport to replace a lost one
Question: I have an appointment at the Connecticut Passport agency to
obtain a new passport. I am replacing a lost passport given out in July
Mutilated passport renewal information
Question: I went to the passport agency at the post office and completed a passport renewal application form.
Sent the new application and all the ...
Should I renew my expired passport or apply for a new one?
Question: My name is Katie.
My passport was issued Feb. 24, 2000.
My passport expired Feb. 23, 2010.
So - My passport was issued less than 15 years ...
Do I need to send in an expired passport that has been reported lost then found?
Question: A year ago I lost my passport. I applied for a new passport
and received a replacement. I have recently found the lost passport and
it is expired....
Regarding replacing a lost passport in Italy earlier this year
Question: I lost my passport while studying abroad in Italy earlier
this year. I was given a temporary one and paid $100 at the US
consulate with ...
Question: My husband and I were issued limited passports (passport for
one year only). The passport says see page 27 which says replacement
may be issued ...
Do I need to submit proof of citizenship to renew an emergency passport?
Question: My passport was stolen this May while I was in Romania and
the US Embassy there issued me an emergency passport that was limited
Can I renew a passport with a little water damage?
Question: Should I renew my passport that is not expired or apply
for a new one? If yes, will the renewal expire in 2013 or will it be
* my ...
I lost my son's U.S passport and visa - how do I get them back asap?
Question: I lost my son's U.S passport and visa in my recent trip back
from India. I didn't find it at the lost and found at the airport. I
want to know ...
Washed my husband's passport
Question: I washed my husband's passport, and it is all crinkled. It
has not expired. What is the replacement process? Is it OK to use for a
trip we ...
Replace limited passport obtained in a foreign country
Question: Last July, while traveling in Peru, my passport was
lost/taken and it was necessary to go the the US Embassy to get a
temporary passport to ...
I have a 3-month emergency passport
Question: I am presently in the USA. I have a 3-month emergency
passport that was issued to me in Israel on April 19, 2010. I will be
leaving the States ...
We accidentally washed my passport. Do we need to get a new one?
Question: We accidentally washed my passport. The photo is still good
but the blue cover looks worn. Do we need to get a new one?
Answer: Damaged ...
What do I do to replace my temporary passport with a permanent passport?
Question: My passport was stolen while I resided in the UK and the US
Embassy issued me a "temporary passport". This temporary passport needs
to be ...
My passport is both lost and expired. What steps do I need to take to get a replacement?
Question: I lost my passport and it has also expired. What forms do I
need to complete to replace it? Are there any additional steps? Am I
able to replace ...
Question: My passport was stolen about four years ago. I have an
opportunity to travel to London, England in May. Do I have to go
through all of the ...
What do I do with a damaged passport?
Question: Passport went in the washer and was damaged.
Answer: Significantly damaged passports can neither be used for international travel nor ...
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