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When you lose your passport, international travel may become a bit of a nonstarter. Even if that means you're stuck in a foreign country.
Case in point: Pop star Chris Brown was stuck stateside and couldn't make it to a New Year's Eve gig he'd booked in the Philippines because he lost his passport. The Associated Press reports that Brown lost his passport the "day before the scheduled event." Bummer.
What should you do if you lose your passport?
Lost Passport While in the United States
You may not have the entourage or the financial resources that Chris Brown does, but if you're stuck in the United States without your passport, the fix is the about the same:
Depending on how soon you need to leave the United States, you may qualify for expedited processing of your passport, but it will probably cost more. The State Department estimates four to six weeks for a "routine" application to be processed.
Lost Passport While Abroad
Losing a passport while abroad might be a bit more harrowing, since you generally need your passport to re-enter the United States. However, the process for replacing your passport in another country is fairly similar to losing it stateside:
If you know a loved one who lost a passport while overseas, you can get them in contact with an embassy by calling (888) 407-4747.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.