Don’t panic: Here are 3 things to do if you lost your passport

Breathe in….

….breathe out

…and follow these 3 simple steps at home and abroad for replacing and possibly finding your lost passport.

Retrace your steps:

Seriously, don’t get upset at me and say, “I ALREADY DID THAT!” just do it again. Anyone else you ask will tell you the same thing. Although your first instinct is to call the police, have someone else look through your belongings. It is what we like to call “fresh eyes” and more often than not, it really works. Because the moment you report your passport as lost, it is cancelled and it goes in the Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, so there is no going back. Anyone caught trying to use a document that has been reported missing, including yourself, will be detained. So, just look back through everything thoroughly.

…ring, ring…1-800-OhCrap

If you are over the border or overseas and you’re 1,000% that your passport is gone, contact the US Embassy or consulate right away. Someone will make a report and give you information on how to get an emergency passport. You will have to pay a fee and arrive with a new passport photo. Although emergency passports are good for a year, when you get back to your beloved homeland, you can exchange it for a regular book at no charge. If your passport goes missing at your home, file a report on the State Department’s website. The replacement is applied for in person.

Get the facts:

Some countries do not allow you in with an emergency passport. It lacks the necessary electronic data chip embedded in the regular version. So, please manage your itinerary and trip accordingly.

Um, I have a question!

For 24/7 automated passport information or to make an appointment at a passport agency, please contact:

The National Passport Information Center

Hours, excluding all Federal Holidays:

   Monday- Friday                                8:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Time

   Saturday                                        10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time

  • From the U.S. 1-877-487-2778
  • From the U.S. 1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TDD)
  • For life or death emergencies (after hours only) 1-202-647-4000

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