In the US, to get a new US passport when your old passport was lost, can you show up to a passport agency and get a new one (even the day of) without first reporting your passport lost to the police?

Furthermore, if the point of reporting your passport lost to the police is to protect your identity in case someone finds the lost passport, do you need to be sure your passport is actually lost before getting a new one?

For context, the government has mine somewhere, but they've taken over a month now to "find" it, so I don't think I'll ever see it again.


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I believe what you're looking for is a second passport because your first one is not actually lost. Most countries have provisions like that and your situation appears to fit the rule.

How to Get a Second Passport

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    link doesn't work
    – user102299
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 20:22
  • @mathworker21 fixed... try again Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 20:26
  • what would happen if I tried to get a new one and say my old one was lost?
    – user102299
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 20:27
  • can I get a second passport at a passport agency? I really want a passport within 2-3 days
    – user102299
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 20:28
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    @life-on-mars using "agency" as the name for a government office is not unique to the US, even if the US is the only country that currently uses this name for the offices that issue passports. A little searching reveals that UK passports were once issued by the "United Kingdom Passport Agency."
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 21:24

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