Return of Surrendered Passports
Requesting Your Surrendered Passport
If your valid, unexpired U.S. passport was surrendered to the courts or any other law enforcement agency, and they advised you that they sent it to the Department of State, you may follow the steps below for the possible return of your passport. If it was lost or stolen, please find more information on how to obtain a new passport on the Lost and Stolen Passports page.
- Provide Department of State a notarized letter from you requesting the return of your valid, unexpired passport. The notarized letter must include the court or agency to which you surrendered your passport. It must also include your full name, date of birth, contact phone number, mailing address, and social security number, along with a copy of valid, government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license.
- If you are currently under, or have recently completed, Supervised Release or probation, please have your probation officer submit a letter to Department of State authorizing release of the passport to you. The letter must be on official letterhead, be signed, include the officer’s current phone number and government email address and mailing address, and include your scheduled completion date. This ensures that the return of the requested U.S. Passport to your possession is permissible.
- Submit both documents in one of three ways:
- Email: PPTReturnRequests@state.gov
- Fax: (202) 485-6496
- Mail:U.S. Department of StateCA/PPT/S/L/LA44132 Mercure CircleP.O. Box 1227Sterling, VA 20166-122