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How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport Quickly

Updated on March 12, 2012
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Has your passport been lost or stolen? Don’t panic! I will walk you through the process of quickly replacing your lost or stolen passport, regardless or whether you’re currently overseas or about to go on an international trip.

How to Replace Your Passport Abroad - Overview

Step
Action
1
Report your passport loss or theft and make an appointment with the closest U.S. embassy or Consulate
2
Fill out Form DS-64 & Form DS-11
3
Gather documents to prove your identity and U.S. citizenship
4
Go to your U.S. embassy appointment with all the necessary forms and documents
5
Pay the passport fee and receive your replacement passport
*See below for details of each step

Tip & Warnings About Lost or Stolen US Passports

  • Once your passport has been reported lost or stolen, it's cancelled and can never be used for travel again
  • If you're abroad, having a photocopy of your passport identification page makes getting a new passport easier
  • Wondering how long it takes to get your passport replaced? It can take as little as less than 24 hours. It depends on how soon you need your passport and how quickly you can prove your citizenship and identity

Loss of Passport Abroad or Theft - Detailed Instructions on How to Replace Your Passport From Overseas

Below is the step-by-step detailed instructions to help you quickly replace your lost or stolen passport if you're currently abroad.


Step 1: Report your passport loss or theft immediately by contacting your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You will need to speak to the American Citizens Services unit of the Consular Section notifying them of the loss or theft and you will need to provide details of why you need your passport quickly. You can find a list of all U.S. Embassies and Consulates here. This will initiate your passport replacement process. Make an appointment to appear at the respective embassy or consulate.


Step 2: You will need to fill out two forms, both which are available in electronic form.

Print and fill out Form DS-64, Statement Regarding Stolen or Lost Passport. Answer the questions with as much detail as possible. You can find Form DS-64 here.

Also print and fill out Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport. You can find Form DS-11 here.

Do not sign and date the forms as you will need to do that at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


Step 3: You will need to gather documents to prove your identity and U.S. citizenship.

To prove your identify, you will need one of the following documents:

  • Valid Driver License with photo from your residing state
  • Military ID
  • Other State Department approved identification

To prove your U.S. citizenship, you will need one of the following documents:

  • Certified Birth Certificate from one of the 50 states
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Citizen Born Abroad Birth Certificate

If all your documents verifying your identify and U.S. citizenship were lost or stolen, your identify can be established by other means. This is usually resolved quickly.

  • Information From Consular Interview: When you go on your interview at the U.S. embassy or Consulate, the consular officer may not need additional information based on the interview with you. In some cases, other information may be required.
  • Identifying Witness: Anybody you know in the foreign country can execute an affidavit of an identifying witness before the consular officer. This can be anyone that knows you and not need be a U.S. citizen.
  • Information From Family, Friends or Associates in the United States: If you're traveling alone and don't know anyone in the foreign country who can attest to your identity, someone from the U.S. can contact the consular officer by phone or fax confirming your identity. In emergency situations, your U.S. contacts can contact the U.S. Department of State by calling (202) 647-5225.
  • Information From Previous Passport Records: Your identity can also be proven by being retrieved from your previous passport application by contacting the Federal Records Center at (202) 647-5225.


Step 4: Once you have filled out the two forms and gathered proof of your identify and citizenship, you're ready to go for your appointment with a Consular Officer. You'll need to provide the consular officer with the following:

  • Your filled out Form DS-64 and filled out Form DS-11
  • Personal Data, including:

- your name

- date of birth

- place of birth

- passport number (if available)

- date and place where your passport was issued

  • Affidavit Regarding Loss / Theft of the Passport / Police Report:

- You will need an affidavit regarding your lost or stolen passport. Form DS-64 can be used as your official affidavit and you can also execute a sworn statement before the consular officer describing what happened. A police report is not needed and may only be requested if there is an issue such as suspected fraud.


Step 5: You will need to pay normal passport fees for replacing your passport and your passport will be issued for the full 10-year validity period. If however your money was stolen or you were the victim of a disaster, no passport fee will be charged and a limited validity passport will be issued. In that case, you will need to apply for a full validity passport once you're back in the U.S. and you will the charged the regular passport fee.

Your passport will be issued once your identity and citizenship are confirmed, during the regular U.S. Embassy or Consulate business hours. The entire process can be completed as quickly as the same day that it's notified.

During weekends and holidays, your passport can only be replaced in a life or death emergency.



How to Replace Your Passport Before Going Abroad - Overview

Step
Action
1
Report your lost or stolen passport
2
Fill out forms DS-64 & DS-11
3
Submit both forms
*See below for details of each step
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How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport - Detailed Steps

Below are step-by-step detailed instructions to help you quickly replace your lost or stolen passport if you're currently in the U.S. and about about to go travel abroad.


Step 1: Report your lost passport by calling the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778 between 8AM - 10PM, ET, Monday - Friday, excluding Federal holiday. Schedule an appointment with the closest Passport Agency if you need your passport within the next two weeks.


Step 2: You will need to fill out two forms, both which are available in electronic form.

Print and fill out Form DS-64, Statement Regarding Stolen or Lost Passport. Answer the questions with as much detail as possible. You can find Form DS-64 here.

Also print and fill out Form DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport. You can find Form DS-11 here.

You also can pick up a copy of the each form at a passport acceptance facility and fill it out by hand.


Step 3: Submit Form DS-64 and Form DS-11 to an Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency only if you don't need your passport within the next month. Many post offices and court clerk offices serve as passport acceptance facilities. You will be charged the regular passport fees.

If you need your replacement passport in less than two weeks for international travel or within four weeks for a visa application, contact the National Passport Information Center and schedule an appointment to submit the two forms at the closest passport agency.

(Optional) If you do not currently need a replacement passport, but want to report the loss or theft of your U.S. passport, submit Form DS-64 to:

U.S. Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost / Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      nifwiseirff - Wow, so sorry to hear that you had both your passports as well as airplane tickets stolen before returning home. That must've been a very frightening situation. I'm very happy to hear that you were able to replace the passports quickly. And yes, you're right about it not being cheap - they charge an arm and a leg to expedite the service!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      OMG so sorry to hear that that happened to you! What a mess but thankfully you were able to recover the docs. I hope this hub will help anyone that's in a situation where their passport is stolen. Thanks for sharing your story!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      I had both my passports (Australian and British) and plane tickets stolen while I was overseas, a week before returning to Australia. The embassy staff were so helpful and reassuring, and luckily I was able to get an emergency passport (which then had to be replaced with a new full passport in Australia). It's not cheap to replace these documents!

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      Marina 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Really, really useful information. I had my passport AND driver's license stolen and it was a huge pain to replace. I lacked a few key documents needed to recover it because my birth certificate was from abroad and I was a minor when my parents were naturalized (hence no certificate). I ended up sending pretty much every other personally identifiable document I had to the DHS and got a new passport mailed. It took a lot of phone calls and failed internet searches to get there. Would definitely recommend this Hub!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      betterhoteldeals - I'm happy to know that my article is helpful. Enjoy your travels!

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      betterhoteldeals 5 years ago from World Wide

      I'm going overseas in May, so glad I found this. Making notes so I have this info just in case. Great stuff, thank you. Look forward to reading more.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Jessica! You're right, it's comparatively a lot easier to replace your lost or stolen passport in the US than having to go through the extra steps of proving your identity and citizenship from abroad. Great tip about needing to be extra careful with travel docs when traveling. I always leave mine in the safe and if I travel in a place where I need to carry my passport, I don't carry the real passport book but I carry a certified copy of my US passport as a precaution.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks so much, Robin!

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      Jessicapotter24 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great info! It is comparatively easy to get a replacement of your passport if its lost/stolen in the US than getting it outside the country. So it is better to be extremely careful with your passport, green card and identity documents while traveling.

      http://www.uscitizenship.info

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This information is going to be incredibly useful for someone who's lost their passport. You have given great advice. I hope I never need it, but if I do, I know where to go! ;)