Lost passport

Lost Passport – What Should I Do?

Just what you need, a lost passport. With any luck, you have some time to handle the situation before your next planned trip. Don’t worry, no judgements on our end. The white-hot induced panic of making sure you have everything you need, and in some cases, packing for your family as well, is enough to force anyone to forget SOMETHING. Yes, a passport is one of the more important items on your list for traveling, but hey, you’re only human! If you seriously need some help in the packing department, Eagle Creek has a great travel packing checklist you should check out.

What a lost passport feels like

What a lost passport feels like

Lost Passport Step #1 | Fess Up

According to Travel.State.Gov, your first step should be to call the National Passport Information Center to report your lost passport. Never fear, you’re not the only one who’s lost an important document. Some of us can’t remember to pour ourselves a cup of coffee in the morning, let alone remembering every single thing you’ll need to pack for your trip PLUS all of your important travel documents. Just kidding, what semi-functioning adult forgets coffee?! Back to the topic at hand, pour yourself a nice, big cup of coffee and report that lost passport!

Lost Passport Step #2 | Paperwork To Fill Out

There are two different forms you will need to fill out next – Application Form DS-64 and DS-11. The DS-64 form is for lost or stolen passport replacement and DS-11 is an application for a new US passport.

  • DS-64 – Go here if you’d like to fill this form out online, and go here if you’d like to print the form out and mail it instead.
  • DS-11 – Go here if you’d like to fill this form out online, and go here if you’d like to print the form out and mail it instead.

Lost Passport Step #3 | If You’re Traveling In Two Weeks

If you’re in the United States and are traveling in two weeks or less, expediting your lost passport is the way to go. (If you still have time before your planned trip, skip on down to step #4.) You’ll need to find your local passport agency, and make an appointment either online or by phone. Going to the passport agency is about as much fun as going to the DMV, and TWICE the fun if you don’t bring everything you need the first time around. Here’s what you’ll need to have on you:

  • Proof of immediate international travel – This is your get out of jail free card for getting your passport request expedited. Without it, you’re just like anyone else with a fire to put out.
  • Expedited Fee – Doesn’t that phrase just sound like dollar signs? Don’t worry it’s not TOO bad a price to pay (pun intended) to get your passport ASAP. You can find out how much it’ll cost here.
  • An Appointment – Yes, we mentioned this already, but just know that you need one appointment PER application submitted. If the luck fairy visited you and a family member, make sure to make two appointments vs. only one!
Can I expedite my lost passport?

If you can prove you’ll be traveling internationally immediately, you can get your lost passport expedited.

Lost Passport Step #4 | If You’re Traveling In Four+ Weeks

If your travel plans are still a month or more away, the process is a little simpler vs. expediting. You’ll need to go here to find a Passport Acceptance Facility. This is where you will go to apply for a new passport to replace the lost one.

Lost Passport Step #5 | Are You Outside The US?

If you’re currently not in the United States and need to replace your passport, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, which you can find here.

Ahhh, crisis averted! We hope this helped give you the information you needed to put this fire out, and that you won’t need to worry about cancelling or delaying any travel plans. If you need any assistance with vital records, or aren’t sure what you need to bring with you for your trip, VitalChek and Official Travel Documents are here to help. Safe travels!

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