Losing your government-issued photo identification card puts you at risk for identity theft. If you are away from home, misplacing your license or passport can make it very difficult for you to board airplanes and in some cases buses and trains. As soon as you notice that your identification card or passport is missing, you should immediately contact the police in the city in which you are located. If you misplaced a passport, you also must take additional steps to report its loss.
Call the non-emergency number for the local police department if you do not have a way to get to the nearest police station. Alternatively, you can drive to the nearest police station to file a report.
Tell the police officer as many details about your identity and the lost document as possible. If you have copies of your missing identification card or other documents such as a college or work identification card, show these to the police officer.
Ask the police officer for a copy of the incident report. If it is not immediately available, ask when the report will be available and if it can be delivered or faxed to you. Alternatively, you can pick up the police report at the station when it is available. Some jurisdictions may charge a modest fee for a copy of the police report.
Call the U.S. Department of State at 877-487-2778 if you lost your passport. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, excluding federal holidays such as Christmas or Independence Day. Alternatively, you can send a statement about your missing passport, including any police reports, to the following address:
U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036