What to Do If You Have a Lost Passport

A lost passport while traveling abroad or right before a trip is the stuff that nightmares are made from. Though losing a passport can be a huge pain, it doesn't have to be the end of the world. There are ways to deal with this issue.

Passports are essential when you travel abroad. If you lose your passport, you can't leave the country and you may have issues exchanging money or checking into your hotel. However, even if you're in another country when you lose your passport, you can still find ways to replace it. Head to the nearest US embassy or consulate. Most cities have an embassy of some sort. They will help you replace your lost passport.

Replacing a Passport
You will become well acquainted with some forms, as you'll need to fill out paperwork to report your lost passport. To do this, you'll need to fill out the DS-64 form and will have to answer questions about everything from where you think the passport was lost and if you've lost it before.

Additionally, you'll need to provide your personal information. You may have to pay additional fees to have your passport replaced and you may have to have a new photo taken. Different embassies have different processes, so you'll want to look into this before you begin traveling. If you register with the State Department before your trip, it could help speed up the passport replacement process. This is a precaution that will save you a lot of time and energy.

To have your passport replaced, you'll need to apply for the new passport in person. Fill out a DS-11 form and bring it with your DS-64. These forms are generally available online, but it doesn't hurt to bring them along with you when you travel.

If you have the money and need your passport in a hurry, this is also possible. Expedited passports are those that are issued in a hurry. You will have to pay an extra fee not only for the rushed replacement passport, but also for fast shipping.

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