Per year according to the U.S. Department of State, more than 300,000 U.S. passports are lost or stolen. I consider myself a savvy traveler and even I lost my passport right before I was due to fly out to Barcelona, Spain ( Read my post “#1 Costly Mistake on How I Lost $3K )
Lost/Stolen Passport in the U.S.
After crying, having a heart attack and screaming, call your national passport agency at 877.487.2778 and calmly explain your situation especially if you have an upcoming international trip. Gather your important documents such as birth certificate, driver license, trip itinerary, and flight information. Your second option is to go to a passport center only Monday – Friday before they close at 3:00 pm. There are passport centers in Arkansas, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Dallas, Detroit, El Paso, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, Vermont and Washington D.C. If you need your passport within 24 hours and don’t mind paying an extra $500 fee per passport then you can visit rushmypassport.com
Lost/Stolen Passport outside of the U.S.
After crying, having a heart attack and screaming, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Although they are available 24 hours in emergency situations, they can’t issue passports during Holidays, the weekends or after normal business hours. Provide every pertinent document and a police report especially if stolen and expect to pay at least $200. (Travel Hack: Always carry color photocopies of your passport! )
Have you ever lost your passport and what did you do about it? Comment below.