How to track a passport in a few clicks

By Iryna BolshakovaSep 2, 2023 08:51 AMDocumentation
Passport for travelling
Passport for travelling. Source: Image of cytis from Pixabay

Before you embark on your next international journey, you need to make sure that your document is still valid. We will tell you how to check the status of your passport below.

Some countries require the document to be valid for six months after the intended visit. Therefore, to avoid problems, make sure that the validity period is extended. The extension procedure can take up to 13 weeks (detailed information on the current processing time can be found on the State Department's website).

If you have already applied for an extension, there are several ways to check the status of your passport application. To do this, you will need your details:

  • surname;
  • date of birth;
  • the last four digits of your social security number.

With these simple steps, you can make sure you are ready for your next international trip.

How to track your passport status online

If you applied in person or by mail, you can check the status of your application online at the Department of State's website. You can check the status of your passport renewal 14 days after submitting your application.

The status of the application may be marked:

  • "Not found";
  • "In processing";
  • "Approved";
  • "Sent by mail".

Sign up for automatic email updates by entering your email address.

If you applied online, you can check the status in your MyTravelGov account.

It's easy to check the status of your passport so you're ready for your next trip.

How to check if your passport is ready by phone

If the online method does not suit you, you can use the telephone service of the National Passport Information Centre.

You can call the number:

  • 1-877-487-2778;
  • 1-888-874-7793 (for TDD/TTY users).

The centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (excluding federal holidays).

After hours, use the automatic system to check the status of your passport renewal.

What to do if you did not collect your passport

Check the document before travelling
Check the document before travelling. Source: Image 2211438 from Pixabay

If for some reason you have not received your document after 10 working days from the date of issue, you must call the National Passport Information Centre and fill in form DS-86.

In order not to re-apply and pay the fee again, inform the centre that you have not received your passport within 90 days of its issuance.

Do not postpone solving this problem to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays in receiving your documents.

How to check and speed up the passport processing

If you urgently need to obtain a document, you can check the status of your passport application and speed up its receipt online.

In the event of an emergency when you need to travel outside the United States within three days, such as a serious illness, injury, or death of a close relative, you can make an appointment with the emergency passport service. Remember that in such situations, you will need to provide the appropriate documents confirming the urgency of your trip.

How to check your status outside the United States

If you are abroad or travelling, apply for a new document at the nearest embassy or consulate.

If you have already applied, you should contact the consulate or embassy directly to track your passport application.

Be prepared to have the necessary documents and information with you to speed up the procedure.

As you can see, there are several ways to check the status of passport processing. Choose the best one for you and travel with ease.

Top Articles
Top 10 most affordable airlines in Europe: which carriers offer budget flights and convenient ways to find cheap flights

Top 10 most affordable airlines in Europe: which carriers offer budget flights and convenient ways to find cheap flights

May 27, 2024 09:05 AM
The coziest places for senior vacationers in America

Golden vacations: ideal U.S. destinations for older travelers

May 26, 2024 10:46 AM

Top 10 safest airlines in the U.S.: statistics, causes of accidents and the world leader in flight reliability

May 25, 2024 09:13 AM

Oceanfront vacations: Top 9 Miami resorts with golf courses, tennis courts and glamorous parties

May 24, 2024 09:10 AM
More News
An airplane landing on a runway with mountains in the background

Chaos in the Skies: Miscommunication Leads to Air Traffic Incident

May 28, 2024 01:30 AM
High-speed train passing through a cityscape with tall buildings

Hitachi Rail Begins Testing UK's First Intercity Battery Train

May 28, 2024 00:05 AM

Spanish Family Restores 18th-Century Historic Homes and Transforms Them into Hotels

May 27, 2024 23:30 PM

Tanzania Promotes Tourism to Attract Chinese Visitors

May 27, 2024 22:32 PM
House on cliff in Scopello, Sicily

Exploring Sicily's Top Photo Spots

May 27, 2024 22:00 PM
Bell aboard Sea Cloud II during the cruise

Sea Cloud Cruises Announces Special Barbados Sailing in 2025

May 27, 2024 21:30 PM
Details of the Disney cruise liner

Disney Treasure Cruise: A €20 000 Magical Voyage

May 27, 2024 21:00 PM
Scenic view of Andalusia

Emage Fest 2024: The Premier Afro Urban Music Festival in Southern Spain

May 27, 2024 20:36 PM
Glass jar for tips in the bar

Should Tourists Tip at European Hotels? Insights from Rick Steves

May 27, 2024 20:00 PM

Ibiza Residents Protest Against Overtourism

May 27, 2024 19:30 PM

Exploring the Azores: Walking the Historic Trails

May 27, 2024 19:00 PM
A panoramic view of Athens, Greece

Hospitality Industry Titans Converge in Athens for HSMAI Europe’s Groundbreaking Event

May 27, 2024 18:34 PM
Travel with the night train

Guide to Riding Sleeper Trains in Europe

May 27, 2024 18:00 PM
icebergs and alp mountains facing calm body of water

The Arctic Emerges as Winter’s Hottest New Market for European Airlines

May 27, 2024 17:30 PM
Man playing with the dogs on the beach

Pet-Friendly Beaches in Portugal

May 27, 2024 17:00 PM Unveils Extensive Winter Sun Flight Program from London Stansted

May 27, 2024 16:33 PM

Bark Air's First Flight for Dogs Takes Off Successfully

May 27, 2024 16:00 PM
purple and white stick with white background

Millennials and Gen Z Seek Human Connection Through Small-Group Travel

May 27, 2024 15:30 PM
Group of people traveling mountains together

Tours and Packages Market Ups the Ante on Experiential Vacations

May 27, 2024 15:00 PM
Dark storm clouds over a rural road and wind turbines

Midwest on High Alert: Tornado Threat and Texas Heatwave Spell Trouble for Travelers

May 27, 2024 14:32 PM
round silver colored pendant necklace

The Bizarre Cultural Differences That Can Make Vacation Travel a Challenge

May 27, 2024 13:30 PM
Handgun with bullets on a white background

TSA Intercepts Fifth Gun This Month at Pittsburgh International Airport

May 27, 2024 12:36 PM

Albania's Wild, Blue Heart: A Triumph in Habitat Protection

May 27, 2024 11:30 AM

Taylor Swift Fans Get Relief as Network Rail Pauses Engineering Works for Cardiff Concert

May 27, 2024 10:34 AM
Singapore airliner in the sky

Boeing 777 Returns to Singapore After Fatal Turbulence Incident

May 27, 2024 09:30 AM
Niagara Falls at dawn with mist rising

Canada's Travel Boom: Your Guide to Exploring the Great White North

May 27, 2024 08:35 AM