If you have lost or misplaced your passport in India and need your passport number for some reason, the best course of action is to replace your passport immediately. For your safety, you don't want to be in a foreign country without some form of international identification. If you have already contacted the U.S. embassy or consulate closest to you (there are locations in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, and limited service in Bangalore, as referenced on resource 1) to obtain a new passport, and simply need to get some information about your passport, you can mail in a request for that information.
Things You'll Need
Write a request letter addressed to the Department of State's Passport Services office, with the following information included:
Your legal name
Place of birth and date of birth
Mailing address and phone number
Reason for your request
Estimated date your passport was issued
Social Security number, or other numbers to help the office track down your passport information
- Copy of your valid photo i.d.
(see reference 1)
Have the letter notarized by a certified notary public. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate to you if you are having trouble finding a notary in India.
Mail your request letter to:
Department of State
Research and Liaison Section
1111 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20524-1705
United States of America
Tips & Warnings
- The request for passport records is free if you are requesting a number for yourself or your minor children. If you are requesting the information for someone else, there is a $60 fee. The process involves obtaining a court order allowing you to view someone else's record. Check with the Department of State's Passport Services department for further instructions on requesting information on another person.
- Photo Credit Gateway of India image by Sujit Mahapatra from Fotolia.com
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