How to check the status of passports online

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Checking the status of your passport application can take the worry out of wondering when you’ll receive yours or if there is a problem with it. This can be done in just a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Internet connection
  • Social Security Number

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  1. 1

    Log on to the U.S. Department of State site and entered the required information to check the status of your passport online.

  2. 2

    Enter your last name. You’ll need to include the suffix such as Jr or III. If you have a hyphenated name such as Smith-Jones, you will enter the entire name but leave the hyphen out. You would enter this as Smith Jones.

  3. 3

    Enter your date of birth in the format of MM/DD/YYYY so if your birthday is June 4, 1974 you would add it as 06/04/1974.

  4. 4

    Enter the last four digits of your social security number and click enter.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow 5 to 7 days for your passport to be tracked online.
  • To be secure online and prevent identity theft, close your browser after you check your status.

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