Having your passport stolen can be a frightening experience. In addition to the fear that someone might use your passport for illicit means, you’ll also have to face the challenge of replacing your passport before any upcoming trips. For people who travel regularly for business or personal reasons, this can be a particularly stressful and frustrating situation. Replacing your passport through standard channels can take up to six weeks. If you don’t have that kind of time, here are a few simple tips for replacing your stolen passport in the fastest, simplest manner possible.
The first thing you should do if your passport is lost or stolen is call the proper authorities and let them know. If someone tries to use your passport, this will give the government the knowledge that they need to stop whoever it is that took your passport.
The next thing that you should do is to call Swift Passport Services at 1.877.917.9438. We are available to answer questions and help you secure visas and passports quickly and efficiently. When you call, one of our team members can talk to you about your situation and provide you with thorough instructions for how to replace a lost or stolen passport. The person you speak to will direct you to our service page for expedited passport replacement services. Here you will find instructions on how to replace a stolen passport, the documents that you’ll need, the application to fill out, and the appropriate service fees. However, it is important to note that we can only replace a lost or stolen passport if you are currently in the US, not outside of the country.
You will need proof that you are a US citizen in order to obtain a replacement passport. This can include a US birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, or an expired passport in good condition. If you don’t have any of these materials, you’re not entirely out of luck. In this case, you can have a US passport agency do a file search for your old passport application. This will allow you to prove citizenship, but will cost an extra $200. Once your application materials are complete, send them via FedEx to our Chicago office. Once we have your application, we can help you replace the stolen passport in as little as one business day.
Replacing Your Lost Passport is Easy with Swift
Losing a passport can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. At Swift, our team is here to help you get through even your most stressful passport and visa debacles, streamlining the process and taking the stress out of applying for a passport. Our team can help you fill out all the appropriate paperwork, avoid mistakes, and forgo the hassle of waiting in long lines at passport offices. Let us take the stress out of your travel by calling us today to learn more about our comprehensive passport services.
Laurie Lee is co-founder and CEO of Swift Passport and Visa Services. A Chicago native, Laurie loves adventure travel, especially to the Caribbean. She enjoys writing for the Swift Post, as well as for her personal blog, Spare Parts- www.sparebodyparts.com.