U.S. Passport Status – How to Check Passport Application Status?


How to check a passport application status? Though the standard processing time for your United States passport application will vary depending on a number of factors (like where you live, whether you’re renewing an existing passport or applying for a new one, etc.) it’s important to understand that you can still check your application status at any time. To do so, you will need to keep a few key things in mind.


How to Check Your Passport Application Status  Online or Phone?

The most efficient way to check your passport application status is to do it online  the Department of State made an easy to use the online portal to check the status online with the following information:

But either way you choose to check on your passport application status on the Internet or by phone, you will still need to provide the same basic pieces of information:

  • You will need your last name, including any relevant suffixes (if your name is John Smith, Jr., you would need to check your status under that name).
  • You will need to provide your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format.
  • You will be asked to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Phone Number: 1-877-487-2778 or Hearing Impaired: 1-888-874-7793.

Hours of Operation: 8:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time 

Check Passport Status by eMail

Email is another method to check your passport application for our experience it is also the most unreliable way of checking your application status. But if you need to check your passport status via email you could do it via the following email address: NPIC@state.gov 

When emailing about your application status you will have to also give them the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Application Number

Checking Your Application Status Online

Once you have submitted your passport application and seven to ten business days have passed, you can log into the official online passport status system to check in on your progress at any time. You can also elect to receive automatic email updates by providing a valid email address on the same screen. This will automatically send you a message when certain milestones have been passed.

Checking Your Application by Phone

If you’d like to check your US passport status by phone, you can do so by calling the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778. Note that if you have special accessibility needs you can also call 1-888-874-7793. Simply ask to speak to a customer service representative, provide them with the above information and they will be able to tell you where you stand with your passport. They will also be able to provide you with an estimate as to how long it will take to get into your hands.

Note that the National Passport Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EST. It will be closed on federal holidays.

If your passport has been mailed out but you have yet to receive it after a period of 10 business days has passed, you should contact the National Passport Information Center to complete a DS-86 form.