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Legal Matters

Return of Surrendered Passports

Did you surrender your valid, unexpired U.S. passport to the courts or any other law enforcement agency?

If they told you that they sent it to the Department of State, follow the steps below to request the return of your surrendered passport.

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Requesting your Surrendered Passport

1. Write a Letter

We need a notarized letter from you requesting the return of your valid, unexpired passport. The letter must include:

  • Court or agency to which you surrendered your passport 
  • Your full name 
  • Date of birth 
  • Contact phone number 
  • Mailing address
  • Social Security number
  • Copy of valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license)
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2. Get a Letter from your Probation Officer

If you are currently under supervised release or probation (or have recently completed it), please have your probation officer write a letter to us authorizing release of the passport to you. The letter must:

  • Be on official letterhead
  • Be signed
  • Include the officer’s current phone number, government email address, and mailing address
  • Your scheduled probation completion date
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3. Send Letters to Us

You may submit your documents in one of three ways.

  1. EmailPPTReturnRequests@state.gov
  2. Fax: (202) 485-6496
  3. Mail:

U.S. Department of State
CA/PPT/S/L/LA
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

 

If you've already submitted your documents and would like to get a status update, please email PPTReturnRequests@state.gov.