How to check passport application status
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Checking your passport application status onlineThe U.S. Department of State makes it easy to find out your passport application status online. You can visit the Online Passport Status System and submit your personal information to locate your application. Make sure you have the following information available:
- Your last name (hyphenate as appropriate), including suffixes (Smith III, Warren Jr., etc.)
- Date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
- Last four digits of your Social Security Number
Calling to check on your passport application statusTo check on your passport application status by phone, you can call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY). The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 10 pm Eastern Time. The office is closed on all federal holidays. When you call, the customer service representative will need the following personal information:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number
How long does it take to get your passport?Previously, receiving your passport usually took between six and eight weeks from the time you turned in your application. However, following the slowdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of State is operating in a limited capacity, with only 16 passport agencies and centers currently processing passport applications. Therefore, expect it to take two to three times (or more) longer for your passport application to be reviewed and processed. Unfortunately, whether you check online or call the National Passport Information Center, the Department of State will not provide an estimated date for when you will receive your passport.
Tips to speed up your applicationExpedited service for a passport application currently is limited to anyone who needs to travel internationally within 72 hours for life-or-death emergencies only. These are defined as serious illnesses, injuries or deaths in your immediate family. Immediate family members are defined as follows:
- Legal guardian
- 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TDD) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays
- 202-647-4000 during non-business hours
- Government-issued photo I.D.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- Marriage license if requesting a name change
- U.S. Passport Application (Form DS-11)
- U.S. Passport Renewal Application (Form DS-82) (only if renewing a previous passport)
- Two passport photos
- Passport fees including the $60 expedite fee
- Proof of international travel
Bottom lineChecking your passport application status is a quick and easy process, whether going online or calling the National Passport Information Center. Just make sure you have your personal information handy to facilitate the process. To allow time for your application to be received and entered into the system, wait a minimum of 10 days before you start checking on your application status. With patience, you’ll soon have your passport and be ready to start exploring the world. Featured image by Nuangthong/Shutterstock.
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