A passport is an international travel document issued to an individual by his or her government showing one's identity, state of origin and nationality. This travel document allows one to travel outside his/her country of citizenship. While in the United States students and scholars can renew their passports through their embassies or nearest consulates. The International Programs Center has a directory listing of all embassies in the U.S. with the necessary contact information. It is the individual's responsibility to keep his/her passport valid at all times. Students and scholars should provide International Programs Center with a photocopy of their passports as well as those of family members in case of loss or theft. Embassies are able to replace a passport more promptly if a student or scholar is able to provide a photocopy of the original.