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Tips On Keeping Your U.S. Passport Out Of The Wrong Hands

By Ben Pate

Everyone who has ever been on a trip knows that it’s very rarely that everything goes according to plan. And unfortunately, many travelers find themselves with missing or stolen U S passports. If this person is you, there is help. There are things to do that can get you a new passport fast, and once you get this new passport, you can get back to your vacation with as few issues as possible.

The first thing you can do to help yourself is to just not panic. Anyone in that sort of situation would be stressed, so it’s completely understandable. However, being stressed won’t help you. Relax yourself, as there is a solution to this scary problem.

After you’ve regained your thoughts, quickly contact the local United States embassy. Do not delay. If your passport gets into a criminal’s hands, they can cause a lot of harm. Passports are prime targets of criminals because they are a tool of identity theft. This is an increasing problem, so if your passport got stolen, act as soon as possible.

Once you have contacted the embassy, ask to speak with someone from the American Citizens Service department of the Consular Section. First, they will immediately invalidate your missing or stolen passport. They will then tell you exactly what you will need to do, including how to get your new American passports and photos.

Report the theft to the local authorities, if applicable. They will file a report that only further ensures that your passport stays out of the wrong person’s hands. These reports are useful if you suspect your identity’s been stolen, as they are required by the embassy to issue reports.

Be sure to supply all the necessary information to the embassy in order to confirm your identity. You will need to provide your name, place and date of birth, when and where you were issued your passport, and also the passport number. Make sure to have this data in a secure place, as having it ready beforehand expedites your request and ultimately grants peace of mind. Also make sure someone in the United States knows that your passport has been stolen. Notifying them of any possible delays is always a good thing, and they might also be contacted in order to verify your identity.

In order to protect your passport, along with your money and other important items, you might think about investing in a little purse or a money belt to wear beneath your clothes. Thieves who are looking to commit a crime will most likely target those who have their passport within reach. So by keeping yours hidden, you drastically reduce the risk of theft.

Regardless of whether or not this is true, she quickly and efficiently obtained a new US passport and got back to the United States in a timely manner. Being prepared is the best way to prevent theft, but if you discover you have a stolen passport someday, having this sort of knowledge at hand can help you get back home.

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Pate, Ben "Tips On Keeping Your U.S. Passport Out Of The Wrong Hands." Tips On Keeping Your U.S. Passport Out Of The Wrong Hands. 30 Jun. 2010. 11 Sep 2014 <>.

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