Your bags are packed, your hotel is reserved and your flight is booked. The only thing missing is your passport -- but no international trip is possible without that tiny little booklet. Don't stress out yet, however; even if you've just applied for your passport, you can track the status of your application with the U.S. State Department a few ways.
Visit the National Passport Information Center website, a subsidiary of the U.S. State Department. To check your application status:
- Agree to the Department of State's Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts Notices and Disclaimers.
- Enter your full name, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number in the appropriate fields and submit.
- Register your email address to receive automatic email notifications of your application status.
The U.S. State Department will typically begin showing the status of your passport about five to 10 days after you've submitted your application. If you've paid additional fees for expedited service and overnight delivery of your application, you may begin receiving updates even sooner.
Check your status by calling the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778. Speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Operators are not available on federal holidays, but you can get automated information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are set to leave the country within two weeks and the National Passport Information Center website is still not displaying your application status, you must call and speak to a representative. Keep in mind, the center typically needs at least seven days to process your request.
You can also send email requesting passport status information to NPIC@state.gov. The center says it typically answer emails within 24 hours.