lost ID card, international edition!
August 11, 2013 10:18 AM   Subscribe

A German woman left her ID card (personalausweis) at our store in the SF Bay Area two weeks ago. We haven't heard from her. Is it a good idea for me to mail to to the German consulate in San Francisco? If not, what's the best course of action?

This is the address I have for them:
1960 Jackson Street
CA 94109
San Francisco
United States

Of course, I could always do nothing, as it's likely she has already gone back to Germany and/or requested a replacement. But I feel like being proactive. When US citizens or local students lose their IDs, I usually drop them in the mailbox to be returned to them.

posted by wintersonata9 to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You could start by simply calling the German consulate, and see what they suggest.
posted by easily confused at 10:35 AM on August 11, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Yes just drop it in the mail to the consulate. That's what happens with my passport whenever I lose it. (Hi, US Embassy!)
posted by DarlingBri at 11:20 AM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

Just to chime in and say that as she won't need the Personalausweis for traveling, it's kinda non-urgent for the duration of her trip. But it would surely be nice for her to get the card back anyway. Get in touch with the German consulate.
posted by Namlit at 12:02 PM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

The ID card shows her latest residence. You could just send it there.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 1:01 PM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

When I found an Italian ID card in the street I managed to trace the owner via Facebook, sent her a message and was able to get the card back to her direct.
posted by essexjan at 1:02 PM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

It should have her address on it that being the point of them issuing these things, they are proof of address. So you could just send it to her directly.
posted by koahiatamadl at 10:59 PM on August 11, 2013

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