On January 14, 2023, President Biden declared the California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides a major disaster. If you are a Merced County resident that was impacted by this weather event, and your passport was lost or destroyed, you are eligible for a replacement passport at no cost. Passport application and facility processing fees will be waived for three years from the qualifying disaster. Likewise, file search fees will be waived for 18 months from the qualifying disaster for applicants who may have lost other documents, such as citizenship evidence.
At the time of applying for the replacement passport, customers must submit a form DS-5504, a new passport photo, and a form DS-64 listing the information described below:
- The name or description of the disaster that caused the loss
- The address where the loss occurred
- The approximate date when the loss happened
- A statement that the replacement passport fees will not be reimbursed by another source, such as homeowners’ insurance policy.
For additional questions or to schedule your appointment, give our office a call at (209)385-7541.