How to Check the Application Status After Applying for Government Services

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In the United States, a person can apply for a number of government services. On the state level, food stamps and Medicaid are among the government services for which people often apply. Federally, Social Security and a travel visa are just two of the government services for which you may apply. Often, an applicant wishes to check the status of the application to see whether it is has been approved. In almost all cases, you can do this online quite easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Application number
  • Locate the application number provided when the application was transmitted or turned in. Many government agencies assign an application number to you when the application is originally made, whether online or in person. The application number makes it easy to check on the application.

  • Gather your personal and application-specific information in the event you either do not have an application number or cannot locate it. Most applications can be checked using a combination of personal information such as your Social Security number, name, birth date and date of application if the application number is not available.

  • Identify the appropriate website for the government agency where your application was made. Almost all government service applications can be checked online. If the service is federal, the official United States web portal (USA.gov) is a good resource for locating specific agency websites. For state government websites, the official state website is a good starting point.

  • Input your identifying information into the "check application" option on the website. The status of your application will be provided once the system recognizes you and locates your application.

  • Locate the appropriate customer service telephone number for the agency in the event the online system cannot locate your application or there is no online "check status" option. Call the customer service number for additional information and questions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Government websites are usually updated daily, so check once a day.
  • Utilize the online option if at all possible. Calling the customer service line can result in an extremely long wait.

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