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How to Get a U.S. Passport
If you want to travel abroad, you need a passport. This document proves your citizenship, holds visas issued to you by other countries and lets you reenter the U.S. When applying for a passport, you need the appropriate documentation and current U.S. passport fees.
Complete the Application and Gather Documents
The first step in applying for a U.S. passport is determining which form you need. First-time applicants need to complete Form DS-11, but individuals who want to renew their passports must use DS-82. You can download your form from the U.S. Department of State website and complete it by hand or fill in the information online and print the form.
In addition to the appropriate form, you need to submit documents that prove your identity and U.S. citizenship. The Department of State accepts an undamaged passport, birth certificate issued by a state or county government, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship. This documentation must be original or certified copies.
Submit Application and Documentation
If you’re applying for your first U.S. passport, you must submit the form, documentation, passport photos and fees at a passport acceptance facility. This may be a county clerk facility or local post office. The U.S. Department of State maintains a database of passport acceptance facilities on its website. You enter your zip code to find the closest local office. The website also provides important details like whether you need an appointment and office hours.
You can renew your passport by mail. Send your completed application, original documentation, passport photos and fees to the National Passport Processing Center. The processing center will return your documentation to you through the mail along with your new passport.
There is a charge for processing and printing a passport. These fees vary depending on the age of the applicant and the passport format you want. Passports for minor children cost less than passports for adults. A passport card costs less than a passport book. First-time applicants must pay an execution fee in addition to the application fee. There are also additional charges for expedited services.
Passport Books vs. Passport Cards
You can choose between a passport book and a passport card or order both. The passport card is valid only for land or sea travel between the United States and Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. If you’re planning a cruise to the Caribbean, the passport card is sufficient, but you need a passport book for all other forms of international travel.
Passports for Minors
When applying for a passport for a child under the age of 16, be prepared to show additional documentation. In addition to proof of citizenship, both parents must authorize the passport application and present proof of the parental relationship. The Department of State recommends that both parents appear at the passport facility to meet these requirements. Children ages 16 and 17 can apply for their own passports as long as they have the proper identification documents and a parent’s signed statement saying he or she is aware the child is applying for a passport. Alternatively, the parent can attend the appointment with the teen.
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Who can apply.
An emergency travel document lets you travel from abroad if you need to travel urgently and cannot use your UK passport. It is usually only valid for one single or return journey.
You can travel through a maximum of 5 countries.
You can apply for an emergency travel document if all the following apply:
- you’re a British national
- you’re outside the UK
- you need to travel within 6 weeks
- your UK passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, is full, has recently expired or is with HM Passport Office or a foreign embassy
- you cannot renew or replace your UK passport from abroad before you travel
- you have had a valid UK passport in the last 10 years
If you have not held a UK passport in the last 10 years
If you have not had a UK passport before or you had one that expired more than 10 years ago, you’ll usually need to apply for a UK passport .
You might be able to get an emergency travel document if all the following apply:
- you have, or are eligible for, British nationality
- you have an urgent and unplanned reason to travel due to exceptional circumstances
What are exceptional circumstances
You’ll have to explain and provide evidence to show why your journey is urgent and essential. Applications are assessed on a case by case basis.
Exceptional circumstances may include if:
- your child was born unexpectedly
- you need urgent medical treatment that you cannot access without travel to another country
- you wish to attend the funeral of a close relative
If you have never held a UK passport, or not held one in the last 10 years, you cannot get emergency travel documents for activities such as holidays, weddings, family events and job interviews.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should a u.s. citizen do if his/her passport is lost or stolen abroad.
You will have to replace the passport before returning to the United States. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance. Contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates is also available in our country information pages. Ask to speak to the Consular Section to report your passport lost or stolen. If you have been the victim of a serious crime , be sure to tell a consular officer about it as soon as possible so we can provide appropriate assistance. If you are scheduled to leave the foreign country shortly, please provide our consular staff with the details of your travel. We will make every effort to assist you quickly. You will also be directed to where you can obtain a photo for your replacement passport. In most cases, you will need to get a passport photo prior to your arrival at the consular section.
If you are notified by a relative or friend traveling abroad that his/her U.S. passport has been lost/stolen, you may wish to contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, at 1-888-407-4747. That office will be able to help you put your friend or loved one in touch with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate. Your relative/friend must apply in person for a new passport at the U.S. embassy or consulate.
What Do I Need to Replace my Passport Overseas?
The following list identifies a number of documents/items you should take with you to the embassy/consulate. Even if you are unable to present all of the documents, the consular staff will do their best to assist you to replace your passport quickly.
- A Passport Photo (one photo is required; get it in advance to speed the process of replacing your passport)
- Identification (driver's license, expired passport etc.)
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, photocopy of your missing passport)
- Travel Itinerary (airline/train tickets)
- Police Report, if available
- DS-11 Application for Passport (may be completed at time of application)
- DS-64 Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport (may be completed at time of application)
Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport:
When you report the loss or theft of your passport, you must complete a statement describing the circumstances under which it was lost or stolen. You can use the U.S. Department of State form DS-64 for this purpose .
A police report is not mandatory but can help confirm the circumstances of the loss or theft. We encourage you to report the loss or theft of your U.S. passport to the local police in the country where the loss or theft occurred. However, don’t spend time obtaining a police report if doing so will cause you to miss a flight or delay your travel unreasonably.
How Long is a Replacement Passport Valid?
Replacement passports are normally valid for a full ten years for adults or five years for minors. However, if you have urgent travel plans, we can issue a limited-validity, emergency passport that can be produced more quickly to allow you to return to the U.S. or continue on your trip. Once you return home, you can turn in your emergency passport and receive a full-validity passport.
Other complicating factors, such as multiple lost/stolen passports or borrowing money from the State Department to fund your trip home, may cause you to receive a limited passport. If you received a limited passport because of multiple lost/stolen passports or an outstanding loan, you will need to resolve those issues with the State Department before you can be issued a new passport.
Are Fees Charged to Replace Lost/Stolen Passports Abroad?
The normal passport fees are collected from applicants for replacement passports. Applicants unable to pay the fee will be asked to provide names of persons they feel would be able to assist them financially. See our information about Financial Assistance to U.S. citizens Abroad and Sending Money Overseas to U.S. Citizen in an Emergency .
However, in certain extraordinary circumstances, such as:
- the applicant is the victim of a serious crime; or
- the applicant is a victim of a disaster;
- and the applicant does not have and cannot reasonably be expected to obtain money to pay the fees before continuing travel, the passport fee may be waived and a limited-validity passport will be issued. When the person applies for a full-validity passport upon their return to the United States, the regular passport fee will be charged for the replacement passport.
Can the U.S. Embassy Issue a Replacement Passport on a Weekend or Holiday?
Most U.S. embassies and consulates cannot issue passports on weekends or holidays when the embassy/consulate is closed. All U.S. embassies and consulates have after-hours duty officers available to assist with life or death emergencies of U.S. citizens abroad. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate after-hours duty officer for assistance if you have an emergency need to travel or have been the victim of a serious crime.
Duty officers must focus primary attention on life or death emergencies. In most cases, except for serious emergencies, a replacement passport will not be issued until the next business day.
Can I travel if I find my passport after reporting it lost or stolen?
No. If you have already reported your passport lost or stolen, the passport is no longer valid and cannot be used for international travel. If you attempt to use your U.S. passport which you reported as lost or stolen, you may have issues while traveling, such as a foreign country denying entry to you.
If you want to travel internationally after reporting your passport lost or stolen, you must apply for a new passport in person using Form DS-11.
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Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports and other travel documents
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We may review or investigate how your passport was lost, stolen or damaged before issuing you a replacement. This may cause delays.
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A travel document can be a Canadian passport, refugee travel document or certificate of identity.
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A travel document is considered inaccessible when, for example, you’ve submitted it as part of an application for a foreign visa and you need to travel before it’s returned to you.
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Replacing an expired lost or stolen passport (Expired passport)
Since your passport has expired, you don’t need to fill out a special form.
Renew your passport or apply for a new one in the normal way. Renewing your passport is simpler than applying for a new one.
Check to see if you’re eligible to renew your passport (opens in a new tab) .
If you’re not eligible to renew your passport, just apply for a new passport (opens in a new tab) .
Replacing an expired lost or stolen passport (Not sure if it’s expired)
If you’re not sure whether your passport has expired, submit your application with a completed copy of the declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document [PPTC 203] (PDF, 120 KB) form.
Replacing a lost or stolen passport in Canada (Adult passport)
First, call us at 1-800-567-6868 (TTY services: 1-866-255-7655) as soon as possible to report the loss or theft.
Next, check to see if you’re eligible to renew your passport (opens in a new tab) . Renewing your passport is simpler than applying for a new one.
Since your passport is still valid, you’ll need to
- We’ll tell you which form to submit in the instructions.
- the regular fees and
- the extra fee for replacing a lost or stolen passport
Replacing a lost or stolen passport in the US (Adult passport)
- pay the regular fees for a new passport
Replacing a lost or stolen passport abroad (Adult passport)
First, contact the Passport Program (opens in a new tab) as soon as possible to report the loss or theft.
If you’re not eligible to renew your passport, just apply for a new passport (opens in a new tab)
Replacing an expired lost or stolen passport (Child passport)
If the passport has expired, you don’t need to fill out a special form. Apply for a passport in the normal way.
Learn how to apply for a child passport .
Replacing a lost or stolen passport in Canada (Child passport)
Next, follow the steps to apply for a child passport in Canada (opens in a new tab) .
Since the child’s passport is still valid, you’ll need to
Replacing a lost or stolen passport in the US (Child passport)
Next, follow the steps to apply for a child passport from the US (opens in a new tab) .
Since your child’s passport is still valid, you’ll need to
Replacing a lost or stolen passport abroad (Child passport)
Next, follow the steps to apply for a child passport from outside Canada and the US (opens in a new tab) .
Replacing a certificate of identity or refugee travel document
First, call us at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only) as soon as possible to report the loss or theft.
Next, follow the steps to apply for a travel document (opens in a new tab) .
Since your certificate of identity is still valid, you’ll need to
- submit, with your application, a completed declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document [PPTC 203] (PDF, 120 KB)
- the extra fee for replacing a lost or stolen certificate of identity
You need to be in Canada to get travel document services
If you have an emergency, contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad .
Replacing a damaged passport in Canada (Adult passport)
You need to apply for an adult passport or renew your passport. Renewing your passport is simpler than applying for a new one.
Replacing a damaged passport in the US (Adult passport)
You need to apply for an adult passport from the US or renew your passport. Renewing your passport is simpler than applying for a new one.
Replacing a damaged passport abroad (Adult passport)
You need to apply for an adult passport from outside Canada and the US, or renew your passport. Renewing your passport is simpler than applying for a new one.
Replacing a damaged passport in Canada (Child passport)
You need to apply for a new passport for your child. Follow the steps to apply for a child passport in Canada (opens in a new tab) .
Replacing a damaged passport from the US (Child passport)
You need to apply for a new passport for your child. Follow the steps to apply for a child passport (opens in a new tab) from the US.
Replacing a damaged passport abroad (Child passport)
You need to apply for a new passport for your child. Follow the steps to apply for a child passport (opens in a new tab) from outside Canada or the US.
Contact us about your inaccessible passport or other travel document.
You’ll need to submit proof of where your travel document is and tell us the reason you can’t wait for it to be returned.
Find out how to contact us
Contact us about your seized or surrendered passport or other travel document
Travel documents seized by law enforcement authorities or ordered surrendered by a court of law are usually returned to us. We keep them until they expire, then destroy them.
If you want us to return a seized or surrendered travel document to you before it expires, mail or fax us a request. We’ll start a travel document entitlement review once you submit
- your full name
- your date of birth
- your current mailing address and phone number
- an explanation of how and why the travel document was taken from you
- a copy of the most recent court documents about release conditions (if applicable)
Contact us by mail
Send your request and supporting documents to the address:
Centralized Network – Passport Protection, 6th floor Gatineau, QC K1A 1L1 Canada
Contact us by fax
If you want to fax your documents to us, add the following note:
Attention: Passport Program
What to do if you find a passport or other travel document
If you find a travel document, including one you previously reported as lost or stolen, you should return the document to us.
You also need to send a completed declaration concerning a lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found Canadian travel document [PPTC 203] (PDF, 120 KB) with the document.
Return a found travel document in Canada
You can return a found travel document with a letter that describes how, when and where you found it
- in person at a passport office (Service Canada Centre – Passport Services) or Service Canada Centre
- in person at your local Police Service or Royal Canadian Mounted Police station
- by registered mail or courier to Centralized Network – Passport Protection, 6th floor Gatineau, QC K1A 1L1 Canada
Return a found travel document outside Canada
You can return a found travel document with a letter that describes how, when and where you found it to the nearest Government of Canada office abroad .
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Lost or stolen passports
If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the State Department right away. How you replace it depends on if you are inside or outside the U.S.
How to report your lost or stolen passport
- Online: Use the online tool to submit Form DS-64 online.
- By phone: Call toll-free 1-877-487-2778 (TTY 1-888-874-7793).
- By mail: Use Form DS-64 and mail it to the address on the form.
Once you have reported your passport lost or stolen, the State Department invalidates it. You cannot use it if you find it.
How to replace your lost or stolen passport
If you are in the U.S. and your passport is lost or stolen, you must use Form DS-11 to apply for a new passport in person. Follow the guidance from the State Department , which is based on how quickly you need your new passport.
If you are outside the U.S., contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to replace your lost or stolen passport.
What to do if you find someone else’s lost passport
If you find a U.S. passport in the U.S., mail the passport to:
U.S. Department of State Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP) CA/PPT/S/TO/LE 44132 Mercure Circle PO Box 1227 Sterling, VA 20166-1227
If you find a U.S. passport while abroad, return the passport to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate .
If you find a foreign passport in the U.S., return the passport to the issuing country's embassy or consulate .
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Why are passports so valuable?
Stolen and lost passports are highly valuable to terrorists and international criminals who use them to cross borders undetected.
In the wrong hands, your passport is like a weapon.
In several major terrorist attacks over recent decades, the perpetrators had travelled internationally using invalid passports to conceal their identity.
A lost or stolen passport can help:
- fugitives to escape justice
- foreign terrorist fighters to travel to or from conflict zones
- human trafficking networks to get their victims across borders.
Even if no one tries to travel on your passport, it could still leave you vulnerable to identity theft. Someone could use your passport for criminal purposes, such as opening a bank account as part of a money laundering process.
What should I do if I lose my passport or it gets stolen?
The procedure for reporting a lost/stolen passport will vary from country to country.
You may be able to cancel your passport online on your government’s official website. Or you may need to fill in a form at your local police station.
Find out what you need to do, and do it straight away!
How does reporting my passport make any difference?
When you report your passport as lost or stolen, the police in your country will enter this into their national database, in line with their national standard operating procedures.
Your country then shares this data with INTERPOL through our secure police network (known as “I-24/7”) and it goes into our SLTD database . The SLTD database contains information on travel and identity documents that have been reported as stolen, lost, revoked, invalid or stolen blank.
Law enforcement officials at frontline locations – such as airports and border crossings – in INTERPOL member countries can check a travel document against the SLTD database to see if it is valid, getting a result in seconds.
If the database search triggers a match, police can take follow-up action, for example, taking the passenger aside for questioning or further checks.
What should I do if I find my passport again?
Why can’t i travel on the passport.
If you have reported your passport as lost or stolen, in line with your country’s national procedures, it will no longer be valid for travel.
If you try and use it, border police could call you aside for inspection, taking up time and causing stress, with no guarantee you will be able to continue your journey afterwards.
You could be denied boarding and miss your holiday, business trip, or other important reason for travelling. Added to that, you will have wasted money on tickets you can’t use.
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- Required Documents for Travel within 21 Days (Lost, Stolen, Expired or Damaged)
- Under 16 – Only One Parent Can Attend
- Minors Ages 16 & 17
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You will not be admitted past security without a completed application. Our facility is under construction, and we do not have space in the waiting room for you to fill out the application. If you do not bring your forms prepared, you will be asked to complete them outside of the Embassy or to reschedule.
- The fees are payable in cash or by using a physical credit card. Cellphones will be kept by security guards upon entering the customer screening area and returned upon your departure from the Consular Section. See a list of Prohibited Items here .
- We recommend you bring an umbrella if you are sensitive to the sun as shade is limited at certain times of the day.
- Bring any government-issued identification you have and passport and completed applications printed. Incomplete applications will delay passport processing.
- While we have a photo booth in the waiting room that takes 10 Euro notes only, we encourage you to obtain photos prior to your appointment to reduce your time at the Embassy. Several shops offer Photo Services in walking distance from the Embassy.
- Except for parents of children 17 and under, do not bring family members who do not have appointments.
Information on the requirements for an emergency passport is available below.
Adult U.S. Emergency Passports
You are required to furnish the following:
- Complete Form DS-11 Passport Application Form (click to be taken to the form). Complete the form online, then print and submit to U.S. Embassy, Athens when you visit us. DO NOT mail this form to the United States and DO NOT sign it until before a Consular Officer.
- A Social Security Number is mandatory, if you have one. If you have a social security number, you are required to provide your social security number on the passport application form. Complete field 5 of the form. We cannot provide this number to you, so if you’ve forgotten your social security number, and have no way of tracking it down through emails or past tax returns or family members, we advise you to contact the Federal Benefits Unit located at the U.S. Embassy Athens at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/fbu-inquiry-form/
- If you have never had a social security number, simply type 000-00-0000 on the passport application form. Then, print, complete and sign the English version of this Social Security Declaration (101KB) ;
- Complete Form DS-64 : Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport (click to be taken to the form). This form will be automatically generated when you complete Form DS-11 and declare your passport lost/stolen. If the passport is subsequently found, it must not be used for travel. Anyone found using a reported lost/stolen valid U.S. passport in the United States or abroad may be questioned or detained by border authorities.
- Completed DS-82 Renewal Application . If you have your current passport in your possession, is undamaged and was issued within the last 15 years with 10 year validity use form DS-82;
- Evidence of U.S. Citizenship. Such evidence may include but is not limited to: U.S. birth or naturalization certificate, Report of Birth Abroad or an expired U.S. passport.
- Your most recent passport or a printed copy of your lost/stolen passport, if available;
- Valid, government issued photo I.D. (such as a U.S. or foreign passport, driver’s license, military I.D. or Greek I.D.), if available. If you don’t have an I.D., consular staff will be able to confirm your citizenship and identity through a passport database.
- A police report for your lost or stolen U.S. passport is not required, but we highly encourage you to obtain one because it may help while you are in Greece without a valid travel document. Your insurance company may also request a police report if you wish to file a claim for stolen items.
- U.S. passport sized (2×2 inch) photograph – see photo requirements for information. Photos which do not meet the requirements will be rejected. Passport photo. A photo booth is available in our waiting area. The cost for two photographs is 10 Euros. Please bring the exact amount in the Euros only as the photo booth does not give change. It may be difficult for an infant or minor child to be photographed in the booth. We advise that your bring their required photos with you. Several shops near the Embassy offer photos services.
- A printed copy of your confirmed flight itinerary;
- The non-refundable application fee for a U.S. passport payable in cash or by credit card at the Embassy. To view the amount in dollars and the equivalent in Euros, please check our Consular Service Fees Table here .
Children's U.S. Emergency Passports
- A Social Security Number is mandatory, if the child has one. If the child has a social security number, you are required to provide the social security number on the passport application form. Complete field 5 of the form. If available, please present a copy of the social security card on the day of your appointment. We cannot provide this number to you, so if you’ve forgotten the social security number, and have no way of tracking it down through emails or past tax returns or family members, we advise you to contact the Federal Benefits Unit located at the U.S. Embassy Athens at https://gr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/fbu-inquiry-form/
- If your child has never had a social security number, simply type 000-00-0000 on the passport application form. Then, print, complete and sign the English version of this Social Security Declaration (15KB) for a child under 16;
You must bring with you the above listed required documents in addition to:
- A Birth Certificate for applicants under 16 must be presented and both parents must attend the appointment with the child. Attending parents must bring government issued photo I.D.
- Applicants aged 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The accompanying adult must bring government issued photo I.D.. Additional guidance here .
- Minor applicants under age 16 must be accompanied by both parents. Both parents/guardians are required to appear in person with the child to apply for the passport or provide notarized consent authorizing the passport issuance. Please review the requirements for parental consent for children under age 16:
- If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian must accompany the application along with a photocopy of the front and back side of the ID they presented to the notary public with the DS-3053 form.
- Court order granting sole legal custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order)
- A court order specifically permitting the applying parent to apply for the child’s passport
- Judicial declaration of incompetence of the non-applying parent
If neither parent is traveling with the child, both parents will need to provide notarized consent as well as a power of attorney authorizing another adult to sign the child’s passport application on their behalf.
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I’m on holiday and have lost my passport, what do I need to do?
First, go to the local police and report to them that you've lost your passport. They can then give you a police report, which you’ll need for insurance purposes and to obtain a replacement passport or travel document.
ABTA tip Some police authorities will not issue a report for lost passports, however still go to the police as you’ll need to demonstrate to the authorities that you’ve tried to report the loss.
Contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate You can find your local one on the travel advice section of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website. They will get you to complete an LS01 form in order for your passport to be cancelled. Because of the risk of identity theft, you should do this as soon as you’re aware of the loss of your passport. You don’t need to wait until you apply for a new passport.
Apply for emergency travel documents Make sure you apply for an emergency travel document during office hours. Please note that you’ll be required to pay a fee.
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