How to Check Passport Information

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Before you send your passport application off you need to double check that all of the information is correct. Similarly, when the passport arrives in the mail you will want to double check all of the information again. If anything is incorrect you will want to know as soon as possible in order to have it corrected.

How to Check Passport Information

Compare your personal information with your application. Go over your passport application line by line to ensure you have written the appropriate information in each line. Make sure you spelled your name correctly and wrote in a neat manner. It is best to write in upper case letters so the passport official processing your passport will easily be able to input the information.

Check on processing of your passport. Once you mail your passport it will take four to six weeks for processing. However, during this time you can visit the Department of State website to check on your passport's processing. By inputting your last name, birthday, and last four digits of your social security number, you can find out if your passport is being processed, if it has been mailed to you, delivered, and whether or not it made it into the system. If you can't track your passport online within two to three weeks you need to call because something is wrong.

Review your new passport for errors. You may be so excited when your new passport arrives that you simply look at the photo and then store it in a safe place. Don't make this mistake. Instead, sit down with your passport and go over each line ensuring your name is spelled correctly and all of your personal information is correct. Catching an error now could save you a big hassle at the airport security checkpoint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time filling out your application to avoid problems.
  • Avoid companies claiming they can process your passport in 24 hours. Only deal with the Department of State.

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