So, like an idiot I washed my passport in the laundry when I returned from the US recently. I blame the jet lag. The photo/info page looks fine and the other pages are warped but intact. However, the front and back covers are peeling, and I worry that the chip may not function. I assume I should replace it, but I can’t find specific information how to do that in Taiwan. When I renewed it a couple of years ago I could do it by mail.
I did do a search here but nothing specific or current came up (to be honest, the search function here has never been that useful to me). I also Googled, which told me that if I lost my passport or it was stolen I need to appear in person, I’m assuming at AIT? But I couldn’t find what to do simply for a damaged passport.
It seems (to me) that I should be able to do this by mail since I haven’t lost the passport, but who knows. Anyway, if anyone has any experience or can point me in the right direction I’d appreciate it.
the money message there in those instructions is
" Your most recent 10-year U.S. passport: Is undamaged and can be…"
you probably need to check with them as to their definition of “undamaged”.
I did the same to my passport a few years ago, not a US one though. But they needed me to front up and explain. and they were most concerned that it was the original one in the original covers, and that it was still legible so they can verify its you.
i had to fly to another state to get that done. If you’re in Taipei you’re lucky.