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What needs to be done with a passport when someone dies?

Question: When someone dies, is there anything that needs to be done with their passport?


Answer: Yes, there is something you can do with passport of a deceased person. Here are your options:

Disposition of Passport for Deceased Person/Family Member

The first option is to keep the passport in your possession. You can keep it as a memento if you choose.

Another option is to send it in to be canceled and then returned to you.

If you choose to have it canceled and returned, you need to mail the passport to the CLASP unit along with a copy of the Certificate of Death. For the canceled passport to be returned to you, include a letter stating that request.

Mail the passport, Certificate of Death, and letter requesting canceled/returned passport (if applicable) to:

U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP)
CA/PPT/S/L/LE/CP
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

Finally, you can send the passport to the CLASP unit so that it may be canceled and destroyed.

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Acquiring deceased relatives passport
by: Tom

Question: I would like to know if it is possible to obtain a passport or info for a deceased member of a family? Person seeking could not find mother's passport who emigrated from Germany to U.S. in 1955.

Answer: You may request for a passport record.

Deceased and passport expired
by: Kim

Question: Both of my in-laws have passed away. One in 1991 the other in 2007. I have several copies of their passports. Most are marked cancelled when they renewed but one for each of them is just expired. Do I need to have them cancelled or may I just shred?

Answer: You may have the passports of the deceased cancelled. You can also request to have it destroyed at the same time.

I sent my deceased mom’s passport to be canceled by I don’t see markings
by: Danielle

Question: Hi. I mailed a copy of my mother’s death certificate, her passport and a letter requesting her passport be canceled and returned to me. I received the passport back, thank you.

However, I see no signs or markings indicating the passport has been canceled. There are no holes punched in the passport. There is not a stamp saying it was canceled. Is that a mistake? Thank you.

Answer: It should not be a mistake. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 to confirm.

Shredded passport
by: Margaret

Question: My dad passed away in April. Unfortunately, my stepmom & stepsister decided to shred his current passport. How do I cancel it in case they didn't actually shred the passport? I have a photocopy of the information page. Thank you for your help.

Answer: Please call passport services at 1-877-487-2778.

Return
by: Karen

Question: I would like it to be officially canceled but returned for memento reasons. Do we need to enclose postage or will CLASP cover the return cost?

Answer: CLASP should cover it. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to confirm.

Son passed away
by: Helena

Question: My son passed away August 4 2017. He lived in Orlando, Florida. I been looking for his passport can't find it. Maybe someone stole it. What should I do? I am his mom and my son's name is Dennis Jarrin. Also, I been looking for his social security and found nothing. Thanks.

Answer: Hi, Helena. We are sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately, passport services does not have a way to track lost passports. It is possible that your son's personal effects are kept somewhere safe or it could also have been stolen.

Travel and debt/credit default
by: Anonymous

Question: If we have a credit default on credit file for Mobile debt. The account is with debt collectors with whom we have payment agreement. Creditor is Mobile company.

Is there any problem travelling overseas - will immigration stop us or see credit file or will the mobile company inform immigration to stop us travel?

Answer: It should not unless there is a standing order from the courts preventing you from traveling.

Passport cancellation - Telcos
by: Anonymous

As telco sim providers data is private, if relative informs a telco like optus about a death they usually close the account. But if they want a death certificate - can they verify the death from any other government agency? Is there any local agency that verifies deaths?

If a person is marked deceased on sim providers side, will immigration or passport database agencies be able to know that a sim holder is marked deceased or can telcos inform them?

Answer: The local vital records office keeps records of births, deaths and marriages so if the telco wants to verify a death, they may contact them. However, since telcos subscriber's information is private, it is very unlikely that they will report it to immigration.

Passport cancellation
by: Anonymous

Question: Can a Telco provider or Telco debt collector inform or update passport or other immigration related authority about a person’s demise which will lead to flagging or cancellation of the persons passports?

Answer: Information of such nature must be reported by next of kin. Telco providers or any representative thereof cannot report or request for the cancellation of said person's passport or immigration status. Having said that, questions may arise if the Telco inquires about the death of a person and no record of the death may be found. This may warrant a full-fledged investigation should the Telco deem it as necessary.

Cancellation in case of phone debt
by: Anonymous

Question: If a relative informs on phone to a debt collector of a Phone account that’s a sim provider that the account holder passed away, both to debt collector and phone provider., but has not yet given death certificate. Can debt collectors or phone provider contact IMMIGRATION OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY about it or is it limited to them only? In this case, how can they verify a death?

Answer: It is possible that they will contact the local vital records office to find out if a death certificate has been filed under that particular person's name.

Cancellation of sim or debt
by: Anonymous

Question: If a relative informs debt collectors about a demise orally on the phone, does the debt collector for phone bills inform any government agency or immigration or any coroner about it?

Answer: It is possible that they will verify the death through the appropriate government agency.

Passport cancellation
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have informed a telco provider to close an account on demise of my sister, can they update passport/immigration authority of a demise? Eventually passport are cancelled? Like Vodafone , Optus.

Answer: No, they cannot.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My father passed away in March and have his passport as a keepsake. Is it compulsory that I return the passport? By law, should I be doing that? Thank you.

Answer: We are sorry to learn about your loss. You may keep your father's passport as a memento.

Correct Address
by: Anonymous

Question: The address in the first paragraph is different from the address given to the various questions posted. Please confirm the correct address for CLASP to send death certificate, passport, and letter to have it returned. Also does this also cancel GOES registration?

Answer: Please send the passport to the following address:

U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP)
CA/PPT/S/L/LE/CP
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

You need to contact CBP regarding the GOES cancellation.

Cancelling passport after death
by: Fatima

Question: My father passed away in an accident and we should cancel his passport to get claim from his company. So may I know the documents and steps to be followed?

Answer: We are sorry to learn about your loss.

You need the following to have the passport cancelled:

1. Copy of the death certificate
2. A letter requesting that the cancelled passport be returned to you
3. Passport of the deceased

Please mail it to the following address:

U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP)
CA/PPT/S/L/LE/CP
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

Passport of a deceased person
by: Anonymous

Question: My friend's passport expired in 2006. She died in 2008. Can I just shred the passport?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Expired passports of deceased
by: Esmay

Question: If passports of deceased people(family) have expired and I no longer want to keep them, can I destroy them or do I need to return to you?

Answer: You may have the passports of the deceased destroyed by sending them to CLASP.

Mail the passport, Certificate of Death, and letter requesting for the passport to be destroyed to the following address:

U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP)
CA/PPT/S/L/LE/CP
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

Out of date passport
by: Pauline

Question: My deceased mother's passport expired in 2003, does it still need to be returned?

Answer: Hi, Pauline. There is no need to return your mother's passport.

Passport with death certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: If I mail the passport with a copy of the death certificate, how can I be sure you receive it?

Answer: You may use a traceable delivery method to ensure that CLASP receives it.

Death certificate required?
by: Peggy M.

Question: If I do not want the passport returned as a memento. Do I still need to send a copy of the death certificate when mailing the passport to you? If so, does it need to be a certified copy or will a photocopy of the certificate be sufficient?

Answer: A photocopy of the death certificate should suffice.

Crazy
by: Anonymous

Question: So I can give mom's passport to someone who needs one?

Answer: No, you cannot. A passport issued to one person cannot be used by another.


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