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How can you check your U.S. passport application status online?

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Check your United States passport application status at PassportStatus.state.gov. Provide your last name, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number to access your application status. Contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or NPIC@state.gov if you have further questions.

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If you are unable to find your application status online, your application may not have been processed yet. Once you mail the passport application, you may need to wait 5-7 days before the National Passport Processing Center receives the application and inputs it to the online tracking system. The National Passport Processing Center generally processes passport applications within 4 - 6 weeks. The Center experiences seasonal fluctuations in the number of passport applications received that can slow the processing time. Check the current passport processing times at Travel.state.gov. Pay an extra fee with the application for expedited service, reducing the processing time to approximately 3 weeks.

The National Passport Processing Center recommends mailing your passport application using a delivery method with a tracking option to confirm that your application and personal documents arrive at the Center. Use a durable, adequately sized envelope to protect you application and documents so nothing is lost and to avoid delays in the application process.

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