“I lost my passport!” That’s something you never want to hear yourself say. But it does happen, and it doesn’t have to be a disaster. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make it easier to replace your lost passport and plenty of resources available for U.S. citizens who find themselves in this alarming position.
Hopefully you planned ahead and made copies of your passport as well as your other travel documents. This will expedite replacing your passport. But even if you don’t have a copy there are steps you can take.
Reputable, accredited passport and visa services such as Travel Visa Pro can help you in the event you lose your passport overseas or need to replace it due to severe damage.
If you lose your passport overseas report it immediately even if you think you won’t need it for several weeks or months. Reporting your lost passport immediately can guard against identify theft. The State Department recommends you contact or visit your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for help. You can also report your loss by telephone or online.
To report your passport lost or stolen by phone, contact the State Department at: 1-877-487-2778. Operators are not available 24 hours per day or on federal U.S. holidays, so you may need to keep trying.
If you have access to the Internet, you can report your loss online by following State Department instructions for filing form DS-64.
Reporting your passport as lost or stolen is only the first step in replacing your passport. You’ll still need to apply for a replacement passport by appearing in person at a Passport Agency or Passport Acceptance Facility. You can often find these in airports. Check with the State Department or a passport service in advance to determine what documentation you’ll need to provide in order to replace your lost passport.
Important note: Reporting a passport lost or stolen immediately invalidates that passport, so make sure your passport is not just tucked away in your luggage somewhere before reporting its loss. Even if you find your passport immediately after reporting it lost, you won’t be able to use it for travel.