How to check the progress of a passport

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How to check the progress of a passport
All citizens, regardless of age, are required to have a passport when travelling to a foreign country. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Applying for a passport can be a time-consuming process, however checking the progress of your passport application is relatively simple. You must wait at least five to seven days after you submit your application and documents to be able to track your passport. Passports generally take six to eight weeks to receive after your documents have been submitted, unless you request and pay for expedited service.

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    Go to the U.S. Department of State website and click "Passports."

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    Click on "Application Status" and then on "Check Application Status."

  3. 3

    Read the disclaimer and check the box confirming that you have read it. Click "Submit."

  4. 4

    Enter the applicant's last name, birth date and last four digit's of your social security number in the appropriate boxes. Click "Submit."

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    Your passport status information will be displayed. You may then input your e-mail address to receive updates on your passport status by entering your e-mail address in each box and clicking "Submit."


  1. 1

    Call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778. Customer service representatives are only available Monday through Friday from 8am to 10pm, eastern time. The centre is closed on federal holidays.

  2. 2

    Press "1" for English or "2" for Spanish. If neither of these apply to you or if your phone isn't a touch-tone phone, hold for an operator.

  3. 3

    Press "1" to check the status of your passport application.

  4. 4

    Speak with a customer service representative. You will need the applicant's full name, social security number and date of birth. The representative will be able to give you up-to-date information on your application.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are outside the United States, you can check the status of your passport at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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