Expedited Passport Processing TimeAs of Sunday September 30, 2012, the guv is processing requests for expedited passports in about two to three weeks door to door, if you request overnight delivery and pay for overnight delivery both ways (to and from the passport agency). So how's that immediate passport application thing work? Well, if you can prove that you are traveling outside of the country and need a passport in order to go -- "prove it" meaning you have in hand a printed plane ticket, or itinerary from the travel agency -- then you can go to a passport office near you (find your nearest passport office, call for an appointment, and go on in. We had to do this once, and we got our passport that same day, but the office will also offer to mail it to you; generally, the passport office will mail your passport out to you that same day. This is useful information if you must drive a distance to the passport office, and can't hang around (there are only twenty two of the offices in the whole country). passport cards cannot be shipped using overnight delivery -- passport cards are always shipped out to you using regular first class mail.
Already Applied for a Passport? Check Status OnlineIt generally takes about five to seven days for passport applications to be available to be tracked online. Wait time to start tracking your application online may take be a little shorter if you paid for expedited service, and sent your application by overnight delivery (like FedEx). Checking passport status online is exceedingly great -- in the past, one just shipped everything off and hoped for the best (which usually, in all fairness, did happen). Since passport rules changed in the 2000's, though, it is now hard to get back into the United States without a passport (you can enter the US without a passport in some circumstances so, without this crucial document, US citizens can no longer return to the US from a casual trip into Mexico or Canada (or Bermuda or most of the Caribbean, though those trips aren't quite so casual for most of us) by air (land and sea may be a different story). And if those countries are in your travel plans and you've submitted a US passport application, you really want to be able to find out what's going on with it well before you travel. Learn how to check your US passport application status:
Check Your US Passport Application Status OnlineYou can gauge your app's progress by looking online at the Department of State's website:
Be prepared to enter this information:
- Your last name, including suffixes without punctuation except the hyphen (for example: Smith III, Crislip Jr, Jones-Smith)
- Your date of birth in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY
- The last four digits of your Social Security Number
The guv says you should know that it is currently (spring 2008) taking 7-10 days to see what's going on with your app online (in other words, wait that long after submitting and before looking).
Check Your US Passport Application Status by PhoneYou can also check your US passport application status by phone between 6 a.m. - 12:00 midnight Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (excluding federal holidays). The Department of State says the best time to call is between 8:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. EST.
- 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)
- TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793
Bon voyage! More passport reading:
- How to Check Passport Status
- How to Get a Passport
- Where Do I Need a Passport?
- How to Get a Passport Without a Birth Certificate
- About Crossing Borders With and Getting PASS Passport Cards and High Tech Driver's Licenses
- Find a Passport Office
- How to rush a passport application
- How to check US passport application status
- How to get your first US passport
- How to get a passport without a birth certificate
- What's up with the PASS card? *US territories, like Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, are exempted from the new passport rules -- see "Do I need to a passport to go to Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean?" | Do I Need a Passport for Puerto Rico? | Do You Need a Passport for the US Virgin Islands?