The Steps To Securing Your Replacement Passport

by erin on September 20, 2010

One of the greatest concerns for Americans traveling abroad is that their passport will become lost or stolen. A replacement American passport is not hard to obtain, as long as you have the proper documentation in order to process your request for a new one.

The first thing that you need to do is to call the local police department and file a report. Chances are they will never be able to recover your documents, however having a police report is necessary to complete the paperwork process while filing for a replacement. The same rule applies to those who lose U.S. passports inside the United States.

Once you have the police report, bring it to the local embassy or local passport office. This is the first step in verifying your identity and additional documentation may be required to expedite your request. Think of things like a photo I.D. and copies of birth certificates or anything else that proves you are a citizen or legal alien.

It seems more emotionally draining and stressful for people who lose their passport when overseas. Many destinations where numerous Americans visit have local embassies which are there to help you through problems such as passport concerns. They can provide you with the information you need to efficiently work through the process without encountering too much bureaucratic issues.

Another thing to consider is that there is a fee involved in replacing your passport and the cost is pretty similar to the price of getting a passport for the first time. This may seem unnecessary but it is part of the recovery process and should be taken into consideration before visiting the local embassy or office.

There are fees involved in replacing your passport and they are similar to those that are imposed on first time applications. This is just part of the system and the fee will cost well over $100 USD. However, delivery can be expedited and special circumstances are always taken into consideration and the best person to talk to would be a consular official or passport service representative.

Ultimately, travelers can take some common sense steps to prevent this from happening at all. Keep an eye on your valuables and always guard your passport like you would your bank cards. If you know that you are traveling in a high theft area, be especially aware and don’t make yourself a victim.

One other thing that is extremely important is that as soon as you report your passports as being lost or stolen to the local police, the next step is to immediately call the embassy or passport office and begin the process of canceling it for you. These items are extremely valuable to many people who would love nothing less than to use your passport to enter the United States under your name and identity.

Ultimately, avoiding theft in the first place is the key to a happy experience. Always keep an eye on your stuff, and whenever possible, try and to hold on to them whenever possible. When United States passports are lost, the local embassy will be more than happy to assist you, but hopefully you won’t have to get a replacement passport at all simply by guarding you valuables.

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