Your passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, and you’re not sure what to do next? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear about passport renewal and passport replacement.
What should I do if I can’t find my passport?
Search one more time. If you really can’t find your passport, report your passport lost or stolen to the US Department of State by calling (877) 487-2778. This helps ensure that if someone finds your missing passport they won’t be able to travel with it. Next, apply for a replacement passport. If you need it replaced quickly, you can follow our Lost and Stolen Passport Instructions. (Note: If you find your old passport after applying for a new passport, your old one is considered canceled).
My passport was lost or stolen in a foreign country – what do I do?
Call the closest US Embassy for immediate assistance. You can locate your closest embassy here. You can not use a US Passport expediting service like Swift to replace your passport if you lost it while you were out of the country under any circumstance.
Is my passport too damaged to travel with?
Your passport is expected to go through normal wear and tear over its ten-year life. That means some scraping, some staining, etc. But if pages are missing, the cover is torn, or information like your passport number or photo are obscured, you’ll need to replace it. If you’re not sure whether your passport qualifies as “damaged,” read our damaged passport blog for more instruction.
Do I need to renew my passport if it still has six months of validity?
It’s definitely a good idea. Many countries require that your passport have at least six months of validity left so that you won’t have any trouble returning home at the end of your trip. The last thing you want is to show up at the airport and be turned away because your valid passport expires too soon. This will likely make it impossible to board your flight out of the US, but even worse, you may get all the way to your destination and then be turned back to the US.
Do I need to get a new passport if I change my name?
Yes. If your passport was issued less than a year ago, you can apply for a “correction” without paying any additional fees if you are not expediting the service. But if your passport is more than a year old, you’ll need to renew your passport with the new name. If you need to change the name on your passport and are in a hurry, you may follow our Passport Renewal Instructions. Give us a call if your most passport was issued less than a year ago for special instructions.
How long are replacement passports valid for?
If you replace a lost or stolen passport, your new passport will be valid for ten years (if you’re an adult) from the issue date, and 5 years for kids age 15 and younger. If you are a chronic passport replacer (you have lost 2 or more passports), sometimes the State Department issues a “limited validity passport” valid for 1 or 2 years.
What does it cost to replace a passport?
Renewing your passport as an adult currently costs $110. You can check the latest fee tables here for more information and other options. If you are expediting your passport the government fee is $170.
How long does it take to replace a passport?
The amount of time that it takes the Department of State to issue a passport can vary widely depending upon the time of year and current backlog. You may receive your passport within two weeks, or it may take closer to eight weeks. That said, you can always get expedited passports. Here at Swift, we can help you get a replacement passport in as little as one business day. You can read about all of the ways to get a passport, as well as the pros/cons, and fees of each method at Swift’s Website.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.