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How to check the status of my passport application?

Applying for a passport is a critical step in preparing for international travel, and understanding how to monitor the progress of your application can alleviate much of the anxiety associated with waiting for your passport to arrive. Whether you're planning a vacation, studying abroad, or traveling for business, knowing the current status of your passport application provides peace of mind and helps you plan more effectively. Here's how you can easily check the status of your passport application.

Step 1: Wait for Processing to Begin

The U.S. Department of State advises applicants that it can take up to two weeks from the date of application submission for your application to be trackable online. During this initial period, your application is being entered into the system and processing is beginning.

Step 2: Access the Online Passport Status System

Once the initial two-week period has passed, you can check the status of your application through the U.S. Department of State's official Passport Application Status website. This online system is accessible 24/7, providing up-to-date information on your application's progress.

To use the system, you will need to provide:

  • Your last name, including suffixes (Jr., Sr., III, etc.) but excluding commas.

  • Your date of birth in the format MM/DD/YYYY.

  • The last four digits of your Social Security number.

Step 3: Understanding Your Application Status

Upon entering the requested information, you will be presented with one of several possible status updates, including:

  • Not Found: If your application status is "Not Found," it may be due to the application not yet being entered into the system. Wait a few days and try again.

  • In Process: This status means your application is undergoing review and processing. Most applications remain in this status until they are completed.

  • Approved: Your application has been approved, and your passport is either in the final stages of processing or has already been mailed.

  • Mailed: Your passport has been mailed to you. This status should also provide a tracking number for your convenience.

Step 4: If You Need Your Passport Sooner

If your travel date is approaching and your passport application is still "In Process," you may be eligible for expedited processing. Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) directly for assistance with expedited services, especially if you're traveling in less than two weeks.


Monitoring the status of your passport application is an essential part of preparing for international travel. By following the steps outlined above, applicants can stay informed about their application's progress and make necessary arrangements based on the most current information. For those seeking additional peace of mind or needing help navigating the application process, State Document is here to provide expert support and guidance every step of the way, ensuring your passport arrives in time for your next adventure.


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