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How to Travel When You Lose Your ID

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Your ID is one of the most essential travel documents that should always have in hand during trips. And, losing it can put you in very difficult spot. The good news is that you can still travel even after losing your ID. The following are guidelines to abide by in case you intend to travel after losing your ID.

File a Police Report

The first thing to do whenever you realize your ID is lost is to immediately file a police report. Filing a police report will give you protection against identity theft, preventing any third parties from using the ID.

Check into the Airport Early

After reporting the matter to the police, they will issue you with a document confirming the loss of your ID. However, you will still have to go through the screening process at the airport, which could be a bit rigorous than the normal procedures. Make sure you tell the airport attendants that you have lost your ID. They may also ask you to fill out a form and provide additional proof of your identity.

If your identity checks out, the airport officials will clear you to fly. Due to the additional screening procedures, it is advisable to arrive at the airport early, about two hours before departure.

Have Other Identification Documents In Hand

It is usually advisable to make copies of your ID and keep them separately when traveling so that whenever the original gets lost, you can still provide the photocopy. In case you do not have them, you should produce other identification documents to confirm your identity. The other identification documents that you will be asked to provide when traveling include drivers’ license, US passport, US Military ID, DHS trusted traveler cards among others.

Losing your ID when traveling can be humiliating. After taking all the above steps, you should begin the process of getting a new one as soon as possible for convenience.

 

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