What to do if you lose your passport
Find out how to deal with a lost or stolen passport now, so that if the worst should happen you aren’t trying to figure it out through the haze of panic.
Step to take today, right now, this second
Go and find your passport, take a photo or photocopy the page with your photo on it and email it to yourself and someone you trust, preferably a family member. You can also print a copy of the photo and store it somewhere quite separate to your passport. If you are overseas when your passport is lost or stolen then this photocopy could help you out of some sticky situations.
If you are in Australia
If your passport is lost or stolen while you are in Australia, you have two options. You can either report the incident online or call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232. If you are going to report your passport lost or stolen online you will need to know your passport number. If you have a photograph or photocopy of your passport then this won’t be difficult. In either case you will be asked to confirm your identity and then discuss the circumstances of the loss.
Replacing your passport in Australia
If you wish to apply for a replacement passport you will need to complete a New Passport Application form, provide details of the lost or stolen passport, attend an interview, pay the application fee and pay the appropriate lost/stolen passport fee.
If you are overseas
If you are overseas when your passport is lost or stolen it is vital that you report it immediately. You can either report it online or at the nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission. To replace your passport you will need to complete an Overseas Passport Application form, provide details of your old passport, attend an interview, pay the application fee and pay the appropriate lost-stolen passport fee.
Report a found passport
If you find an Australian Passport, either in Australia or overseas, you should send it to the Passport Office in your Australian capital city, or return it to the nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission.
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