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Lost/Stolen Passports

Emergency Passports

The Embassy can issue limited-validity, 12-page emergency passports.  Emergency passports are for U.S. citizens who have an urgent need to travel.  This includes situations where obtaining a regular passport from outside of Libya would cause personal, financial, or other hardship.  

Citizens whose passports are lost or stolen are also eligible to apply for emergency passports.  Lost/stolen passports can be usually replaced the same day when an applicant comes to the Embassy to report the loss, provided the case is a bona fide emergency and telecommunications with Washington are up and running.  In order to process an application for a replacement passport, regular or emergency, you will need to obtain a police report in the city where the loss occurred.  

Emergency passports can be exchanged at no charge for regular passports at a U.S. embassy in another country or in the United States.  Citizens who receive an emergency passport from the Embassy are encouraged to obtain regular passports as soon as possible, as emergency passports are not intended for long-term use.

Application Procedures for an Emergency Passport

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship:  If you do not have proof of U.S. citizenship with you, Consular Staff will attempt verify your citizenship through other measures.
    • Proof of identity:
      • a valid passport of any country; or
      • a valid driver's license with photograph; or
      • a national identity card with photograph; or
      • a valid federal or state government ID card; or
      • a U.S. military ID card; or


If you cannot prove your identity through documents, you must appear with an identifying witness who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who has known you for at least 2 years.  Your witness must prove his or her identity and sign an Affidavit of Identifying Witness (Form DSP-71) before the Consular Officer.  You must also submit some identification of your own.



  • Two identical passport photographs.  The Embassy will reject any photographs that do not meet the specified requirements.



  • If your passport was stolen, applicants must present the original Libyan or other police report concerning the circumstances of the theft.  This document must be translated into English.


  • Fees.  The application fee for an adult applicant is $135 or 185 Libyan dinar.  Payment can be made in U.S. dollars or local currency.


To submit your passport application, please make an appointment online.

What NOT to Bring...

  • Prohibited Items

    Your visit to the Consular Section will go more smoothly if you DO NOT BRING the following items...