How to Check the Status of a Passport Application

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Getting a passport can be a lengthy process, and many travelers are eager to receive their passport after placing an application. In order to make sure you're ready to travel in time for a holiday, learn how to check the status of a passport application.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Wait 7 to 10 days after the initial application before checking the status of your passport application. Then, track your passport application online through the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

  2. 2

    Click on the link that tells you to securely input your information. On the following page, click the link to access all notices and disclaimers, and read through them. Then, go back to the previous page and check the box to indicate you've read the notices and disclaimers. Click "Submit."

  3. 3

    Enter the appropriate information on the U.S. Passport Application Status page, including your last name, birth date and the last 4 digits of your social security number. Click "Submit."

  4. 4

    See the updated information on the status of your passport application on the following page.

Tips and warnings

  • Know that a typical passport application takes 10 to 12 weeks to process. You can use the expedited service, which takes only 2 to 3 weeks, but you must pay an extra charge for this service.

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