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Lost Passport Stalls NASCAR Driver

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is used to going places in a hurry, but an upcoming trip from Michigan to Montreal is cutting it a little bit close, even for him. A lost passport, eventually located at his home in Missouri, is not helping matters, either. According to, Edwards planned to fly from Michigan to Montreal in time to drive in the Nationwide race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday. For that, of course, he'll need a passport. Since he left his documents at home, he actually had to have a friend drive them up from Missouri to racetrack in Michigan. Fortunately, Edwards has some generous friends! Once he has his passport, his next step involves a race to the Montreal airport: "We are going to go to the airport and fly to Montreal, land at the airport. We have


Famous People Perks: Emergency Passport With No Photo ID

Losing a passport overseas is a frightening, frustrating experience. Being famous has its perks, however, as singer John Grant, formerly of the Czars, found out last week. According to, Mr. Grant was all set fly from the UK to Ver0na, Italy for an upcoming show, when he realized he'd lost both his passport and his photo ID. He went straight to the US Embassy in London to get an emergency passport, but of course they won't give passports to any random person who walks in off the street. You do need some form of identification. That's where being a celebrity came in handy for Mr. Grant. He was able to use a photo of himself in the Times newspaper as proof of identity. He recounted the story to 'I said to the security guards, "I haven't got any ID, but here I a


Passport Replacement Services

Whether it's lost, damaged or expired, the sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realize your passport needs to be replaced fast has got to be one of the worst sensations in the world. Getting a new passport is generally a fairly straightforward process, but if you are about to leave the country the extra legwork involved in getting the replacement expedited can seem daunting. Here's what you need to know to make sure your plane doesn't leave the airport without you. Passport Replacement Services for Lost or Damaged Passports If your passport is lost or has been damaged, you'll need to apply in person to get it replaced. Bring the following documents with you to the passport office : Proof of identification (both the original and a photocopy) Proof of


Lost Passport? UK Passport Agency Says “Check Your Trash Can”

The UK's Identity and Passport Service just released the results of a study that looked at replacement passport applications to determine where and how passports are most likely to be lost. Like the US, the UK has citizens applying to replace a lost passport fill out a questionnaire explaining exactly what happened to the missing document. According to the statistics, one of the most common ways to lose a passport in the UK is to accidentally throw it away, according to a BBC write up of the study. About 10,000 passports a year are taken out with the trash. Bars and clubs are the other major culprits. As you might expect, people in their 20's seem to be the most prone to these types of accidents: 42.8% of the people who applied to replace a lost passport last year were in that age gr


Lost Passport Cracks The Case for British Cops

Pro tip: If you're going to commit a crime of some sort, you might want to leave your passport at home. I'll bet Dozy Kenneth Morgan, a 48-year-old crook from the UK, wishes he had left his behind. According to The Sun, the newly released ex-con was robbing a house in London when the homeowner returned. He got away through the kitchen window, but fortunately for the homeowner, the rest of the neighborhood and society in general, the police were able to crack the case in literally seconds when a quick search of the home turned up Mr. Morgan's lost passport. Not just his passport, either. From the Sun's report, he also left behind a backpack that "contained his mugshot on a prison ID card, his birth certificate and a tenancy agreement with his signature." Elementary, my dear Watson! A


Lost Passports and Disasters: What to Do

Last week's 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, devastated the city. Buildings are in ruins and at least 148 people are confirmed dead. Christchurch is a popular town for tourists, many of whom struggled to get out of the city after the quake. At a time like this, your first priority is obviously going to be getting out of the situation in one piece, not keeping track of your passport. Often, natural disasters leave victims stranded in the chaos without this all-important piece of identification. So, what would you do if you were in a similar situation? Although New Zealand temporarily waived passport requirements for evacuation flights according to the LA Times, tourists will still need to get them replaced prior to continuing their journey home. There are some s


Lost Passport Leaves American Begging in Thailand

For Dean Mancuso, an American traveling in Thailand, a lost passport was more than just a temporary inconvenience. It actually left him stranded in Thailand, begging from other Americans in order to support his Thai wife and his two daughters. How could this happen? Well, for some reason, after he lost his passport, Mancuso didn't go to the embassy to get a new one. Without any identification, it was impossible for him to go home, to get a job, or to do anything other than beg from other Western tourists visiting Phuket, getting them to loan or give him money based on false pretenses. However, earlier this month, a beachfront resort on the island called the police after he was warned about begging from their customers and persisted in doing so. In an interview, Mancuso described life w


Beware Lost Passport Email Story

An email scam is making the rounds, and this time, the email isn't coming from a "Nigerian prince." Instead, it's a little bit more clever.  The person sending it claims to be someone you know who has lost their passport (and usually the rest of their wallet) overseas. Alternately, they may claim that all of their credit cards have been stolen, and that the hotel they are staying in is holding their passport until they get their money.  Either way, they need you to send them money now, preferably via Western Union. Reporters for both the Lansing Journal and the Chicago Tribune have recently experienced variants of this phishing scam. Don't fall for it.  Look, a lost passport overseas can be unpleasant, to say the least, but it's a situation that can be resolved with a trip to the nea


A Lost Passport Can Happen to Anyone- Even a Travel Writer!

Travel writers are professional travelers, but that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes like the rest of us.  Seth Kugel, the new Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times, saw his new gig get off to a rough start due to one of the most common travel mishaps: a lost passport. He described his ordeal in yesterday's New York Times: Yep, last week, as I prepared for my grand debut in the frugal spotlight, I realized my passport had disappeared from my São Paulo apartment. Of course, I looked everywhere – desk drawers, jacket pockets, under cushions, and eventually, methodically, in every square inch of every room, including inside my running shoes and (twice) in the shower. It was gone. Think, Seth, think. When was the last time you had it? Passing through customs at


Lost Passport Keeps Lindsay Lohan From Appearing in Court

For most people, a lost passport is simply a major inconvenience. However, for Lindsay Lohan, it could mean 180 days in jail. The young starlet was due back in court this morning to deal with issues related to her probation. She was also supposed to have completed 13 alcohol education classes. According to the Cleveland Leader, she had only completed 10 when she flew off to France for the Cannes Film Festival. Now, either Lohan has lost her passport or someone has stolen it. The lost passport was not discovered in time for her to able to get a new one before her flight. The Cleveland Leader quotes her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley: "I was on the phone with Lindsay's assistant the entire night and we're doing everything we can to resolve this issue and get her back to L.A. Lindsay