A Few Different Passport Replacement Methods

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People may need to replace a passport for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons people need to replace a passport are that the passport has been lost, it has been stolen, damaged, or the passport has expired. The method of passport replacement is unique to the specific reason for passport replacement.

A lost or stolen passport can be a disaster, especially if it is lost or stolen outside of the country. For domestic passport replacement of a lost or stolen passport, the applicant first needs to contact the State Department to inform them about the missing passport. This can be accomplished by calling the relevant number listed on the State Department website.

Once the passport has been officially reported missing, the applicant must fill out an official missing passport form, in person, at an application center. A new passport application must be filled in addition to this form. Once these two documents have been sent out for processing the applicant can expect their replacement passport in four to six weeks.

If a passport is lost abroad it is a different situation. In order to get a new passport overseas the applicant must report the passport missing at an embassy or consulate office. Staff members at the embassy will be able to guide a citizen through the necessary steps to get a new passport.

Damaged passports and expired passports require similar protocol. An expired passport is any passport that is over ten years old, as passports are only valid for ten years. The expiration date should be visible on the bottom portion of a passport’s photo page.

To replace an expired passport simply fill out the relevant passport renewal paperwork and mail the paperwork, old passport, and copies of relevant identification to the passport-processing agency. The State Department recommends that all packages be sent by a traceable delivery service in a sturdy weatherproof envelope.

Applicants must follow a similar process to replace a damaged passport. They must fill out a damaged passport replacement form and then mail the damaged passport, copies of ID’s, and the replacement form to the passport-processing agency.

The U.S. government requires that all damaged and expired passports be returned. This is necessary to prevent counterfeit passports. It is possible to have the stamp book portion of old passports returned after the sensitive information has been removed.

In most situations where a passport is damaged abroad, it is not necessary to replace it. As long as the passport number is still visible it should be valid. However, passport trouble abroad due to passport damage can be taken care of at a U.S. embassy.

There are several different methods for passport replacement, and each method is specific to the reasons behind the replacement, and the location of the replacement. Because passports expire, everyone that travels will need to replace their passport several times in their lifetime. It is always good to plan ahead and get a new passport well before any upcoming international travel plans.

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