Losing something important, like your passport, is not fun. However, once you’ve torn apart your house and your car looking for it, there comes a time when you simply have to let go, bite the bullet and get it replaced. Let’s take a look at the options available for replacing a lost passport in Houston, Texas.
Reporting your Lost Passport
No matter where you are, once you’ve given up on finding your passport the first thing to do is to call it in. You can report your passport lost or stolen by calling 1-877-487-2778. Don’t do this until you’ve looked everywhere, though-much a like a credit card, a lost passport is invalidated and cannot be used again once it has been canceled.
Replacing Your Lost Passport
If you don’t need your new passport immediately, you can replace it by applying in person at a passport acceptance facility, like a post office or library. You can find the nearest acceptance facility by using the Department of State’s website.
To get your passport replaced,you’ll need to bring the following items:
Proof of identity, like a driver’s license or other state ID
Proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or naturalization certificate
2 passport photos
Passport application form DS-11
Form DS-64, a statement regarding a lost or stolen passport
Once you submit the required paperwork and pay your fees, you’ll have to wait approximately 6 weeks for your new passport to arrive in the mail.
Paying an additional $ 60 and requesting expedited service will cut this time down to around 3 weeks, as long as you also pay for overnight shipping to and from the facility that processes passport applications.
Houston Passport Office
If you’re about to leave the country and you just realized that you don’t have your passport, you can get a lost passport replaced more quickly by making an appointment at the Houston passport agency office at 1919 Smith Street. Located on the 4th floor of the Mickey Leland Federal Building, this passport office can replace a lost passport generally within 14 hours. In addition to the documents mentioned above, you’ll also need a copy of your itinerary showing that you will be leaving the country within the next two weeks. The office is open by appointment only and doesn’t accept walk-ins, so call 1-877-487-2778 to set up an appointment.
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.
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