If you have an upcoming travel and you realize that you can’t trace your passport, either because it is lost or it has been stolen, you can always get the lost passport replaced in good time. You can do so by visiting the various Passport Acceptance Agents scattered in the major cities or you can do it at the Clerk of the Court offices nearest to you. The process of replacing a lost passport in the United States is the same, whether you do it through the Passport Acceptance Agents or through the Clerk of Courts offices. It entails the following-:
The first step towards replacing your lost or stolen passport is to gather all the documents needed to get the passport replaced. They include the following documents:-
Once you have all the documents, you can visit a Passport Acceptance Agent or your local Clerk of the Court Offices. Your application will be reviewed and then placed in a sealed official envelope in readiness for the next process.
The application for a lost or a stolen passport can be processed in three different ways-: by mail, at a passport agency/clerk of court offices or through a passport expediting company. If it is being processed by mail, the sealed envelope containing your application will be sent to the Passport Acceptance Agents located at the National Passport Center for processing.
With a Passport Agency, you can have your lost passport replaced on site. There are a total of 26 Passport Agencies spread across the major cities in the United States and for you to visit them you will be required to make a prior appointment.
Finally, you can use a Passport Expediting Company to replace your lost or stolen passport. This is option is ideal when you need the passport replaced as soon as possible. The passport expediting companies will hand-carry your sealed application to the nearest passport agency for immediate processing.
When you apply for the replacement by mail, you may have to wait for up to eight weeks before you get your new passport. With the expedited services, you will be charged an extra of $60 and the waiting period reduces to about three weeks. When working with an agency or an expedited company on the other hand, you can get your passport replaced within 24 hours after the application.