It is disheartening to lose a passport in a fire.
It is a stressful time and the State Department may help you replace your lost or damaged U.S. passport book or passport card.
Replacing Your Passport Through the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018
September 14, 2020 Notice
Federal law says the President, working with the governor of a state, may waive U.S. passport application fees and file search fees for those who lost their U.S. passport in a major disaster. The law states the application fee can be waived for customers who lost their passport within the preceding three calendar years, and the file search fee can be waived for customers who lost their passport within the preceding 18 months.
The law states that fees will only be waived for customers who lost their U.S. passport books or passport cards as a direct result of the disasters listed on this webpage. The law also states that fees for a replacement passport cannot reimbursed by other sources, such as a homeowner's insurance policy.
Disasters That Qualify for a Replacement Passport with a Fee Waiver
November 2018 California Wildfires
- Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency page for more information. The passport application fee waiver for victims of the California wildfires is valid until November 11, 2021. The file search fee waiver expired on May 11, 2020.
How to Apply if you Qualify
You can only qualify for a fee waiver at this time if you lost your passport during the November 2018 California Wildfires. If you've never had a U.S. passport, or you lost your passport as a result of a disaster other than the California wildfires, or you lost an expired passport, then you do not qualify for a fee waiver for a replacement passport.
If you lost your U.S. passport book or passport card as a result of the November 2018 California Wildfires, you must submit two forms and a new photo:
- Form DS-5504 (Replacement Passport Form)
- A new passport photo
- Form DS-64 (Lost and Stolen Passport Form)
On Section 2 of your Form DS-64, you should include:
- The name or description of the disaster that caused your loss
- The address of the residence where the loss occurred
- The approximate date when the loss occurred
- Certification that replacement passport fees will not be reimbursed by other sources, such as a homeowner's insurance policy
Note: you don't need to submit certification letters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency when applying for your replacement passport.
Visit travel.state.gov for more information