How to Check Status of a Passport

Wondering how to check the status of a passport after you apply for one? Of all passport questions, this one in particular is at the top of the long list of those that are asked, especially if you have already planned a big international trip. There is more than one way to accomplish this simple task; certainly one of the methods for checking the status of American passports will work for you.

Check It Out Online  
The status of travel passports can be checked out by simply plopping down in front of your computer and pulling up the Web site of the US Department of State. Of course, this method requires five to seven days in order to return actual valid information. You will have to check back as needed since lead times can vary when dealing with passports.

Your last name, birth date and the final four digits of your social security number will be necessary in order to check your passport's status online. Errors can occur if you do not use the correct format while entering this information. After all, this is the government we are talking about; nothing involving Uncle Sam is ever easy.

Your date of birth must use MM/DD/YYYY as the format.
No punctuation other than a necessary hyphen can be used in your surname. An example is: Leona-Brandt Sr versus Leona-Brandt, Sr. The latter will not work. No comma or period can be used.

Call In To Check It Out
If you do not have computer access or perhaps do not feel safe verifying the status of your passport online, you have another option. You can do it the old-fashioned way. You can pick up that telephone sitting over there and dial the National Passport Information Center.

General information, of the much-loved recorded variety, can be accessed 24 hours a day. If you want to get very far in regards to checking on the status of your passport, you will have to find the time to call between the hours 8AM and 10PM Eastern, Monday through Friday. Common sense should tell you to make sure you avoid calling on federal holidays. If you accidentally do, you will not get any farther than you would have if you had called during the wrong hours or on the weekend. 

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