Lost and Found FAQ
- How do I report a lost item?
- How long before I can claim my recovered lost item?
- How will I know that my item has been recovered?
- What if I live out of town or I cannot come pick my item up?
- How do I enter a claim for Lost and Found if I don't have Internet access?
- After I am contacted about a recovered item, where do I go to claim it?
- What do I need to bring to claim a recovered item?
- How long does Metro hold a recovered item?
- What happens to unclaimed items?
- What happens if I lose my SmarTrip® Card?
- What is the process for claiming keys and eyeglasses?
- How do I claim my cell phone?
- How are wallets and purses processed?
- Can someone else claim my lost item?
- Where are the items auctioned after the 30 day holding period?
How do I report a lost item?
Online: The easiest and most efficient way to report a lost item is our online Lost and Found form. Once submitted, all of your lost item information will be accessible by Lost and Found personnel. You will receive a confirmation email with a case number for tracking purposes. If you reply to the confirmation email with additional lost item information, it will automatically be routed to the appropriate person/department handling your report.
Phone: You can also contact our Lost and Found office at 202-962-1195 during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. A customer service representative will record your information and provide you with a case number.Back To Top
How long before I can claim my recovered lost item?
It can take two to five days for items to be routed to and processed by our Lost and Found office in Hyattsville. Processing times vary depending on the type of item and where it was lost within the Metro system. Report your lost item as soon as possible but do not come to the Lost and Found office until you are contacted.Back To Top
How will I know that my item has been recovered?
If your item is recovered, you will be contacted by phone by a Metro Lost and Found team member. The item can be picked up or shipped to you.Back To Top
What if I live out of town or I cannot come pick my item up?
WMATA's Lost and Found Office will ship your item to you. Please call the Lost and Found staff Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm at 202-962-1195. (The office is closed on federal holidays). Please have your case number when you call. You can also request to have your lost item shipped to you by completing and returning the Lost and Found property release form.Back To Top
How do I enter a claim for Lost and Found if I don't have Internet access?
Contact the Lost and Found Department Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm at 202-962-1195. A customer service representative will record your information and provide you with a case number.Back To Top
After I am contacted about a recovered item, where do I go to claim it?Metro Office of Lost and Found
6505 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(A short walk from the Prince George's Plaza Metrorail station)Back To Top
What do I need to bring to claim a recovered item?
Bring photo identification and the case number to expedite the process.Back To Top
How long does Metro hold a recovered item?
Recovered items are held for 30 days.Back To Top
What happens to unclaimed items?
After 30 days, unclaimed items are destroyed, disposed of, donated to charity or auctioned off.Back To Top
What happens if I lose my SmarTrip® Card?
If you have lost your SmarTrip® card on Metrobus or Metrorail, call 1-888-762-7874 or send us email. Do not submit a lost item report for lost SmarTrip® cards. SmarTrip® cards are processed by a third-party vendor that uses a specialized tracking system.Back To Top
What is the process for claiming keys and eyeglasses?
If you have lost keys or eyeglasses, visit the Lost and Found office as these items are too numerous and non-descriptive to determine ownership without visual confirmation. During business hours, key and eyeglass bins are available for customers to search through. Do not complete a Lost and Found form for these items.Back To Top
How do I claim my cell phone?
Cell phones will be released to customers who can identify their ESN (Electronic Serial Number). Contact your cellular provider and get this information prior to coming to the Lost and Found. No cell phones will be released without this identifier.Back To Top
How are wallets and purses processed?
If a wallet or purse is found and it contains identification, a postcard will be mailed to the address listed on the identification. Please note, loose credit/debit cards received outside of a wallet, purse, or bag are destroyed 24 - 48 hours of receipt within the Lost & Found office. Customers should notify their credit card company or bank to report the loss. If the credit/debit card is attached with a wallet, purse, or bag, all items will be held at Lost & Found for 30 days. If the owner has opened a lost item report, contact information (phone number/email address) will be used to notify the owner that the lost item has been recovered. In order to claim this item, another form of identification bearing your name and address will be required.Back To Top
Can someone else claim my lost item?
Yes, someone may pick up the lost item for you but must have a notarized statement from the owner granting permission to pick up the item. A copy of the photo identification of the person claiming the item will be attached to the notarized statement and filed (only driver's licenses or non-driver's IDs will be accepted). No exceptions will be made to this policy. You can also opt to have your lost item shipped to you. To do so, please complete and return the Lost and Found property release form.Back To Top
Where are the items auctioned after the 30 day holding period?
Please see our surplus property page for current information on auctions and surplus property.Back To Top