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How To Check Your Passport Renewal Status

It only takes a few clicks away to check your passport renewal status! That’s good news especially when you badly need it for a very important trip.

 

Just like any other important thing, waiting for the arrival of your passport can get a little tricky especially when you have an upcoming trip. Whether it be a business trip or a personal trip, it doesn’t matter – the thing is, you need your passport before your scheduled day of departure.

 

Perhaps some us here have already experienced this especially when we process our passport renewal just a few weeks before a scheduled trip. Although ideally, we should process it as early as possible, some of us are just way too busy or sometimes we just forget to deal with it.

 

Once we process the renewal of our passport, the next thing we need to deal with is the agony of waiting. It can get really nerve-wracking sometimes especially the thought if your new passport will make it in time before your trip of not.

 

Here’s the thing though, stop obsessing over it because these days, you can easily check your passport renewal status either online or via phone, or if you prefer it to, you can have status reports sent to you!

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU CHECK YOUR PASSPORT RENEWAL STATUS?

 

As we have earlier mentioned, you can check on passport renewal status in different ways. But the question is, how long do you have to wait before you are allowed to check the status of your passport renewal though?

 

Well, you got to be a little patient first as you will need to wait for about seven to ten days before you can start checking your passport renewal status. For some, it may be too long, but to be honest, it’s just enough time for the concerned entity to process your passport renewal status, at the same time, have an account on what’s happening or how the processing is.

 

HOW TO CHECK YOUR PASSPORT RENEWAL STATUS?

 

So, seven to ten days have passed, now what?

 

Well, once the allotted time for processing has already passed, you can already check your passport renewal status either online or via phone. Yes, you have two options to be able to know when you can expect the arrival of your passport.

 

– MAKING STATUS INQUIRY ONLINE

 

Once seven to ten days have passed, all you got to do is log on to the State Department’s Online Passport Status System to find out when to expect the arrival of your renewed passport. To be able to check the status of your passport renewal, you will have to key in some important information, which includes the following:

 

  • Your last name, including any suffixes or hyphens
  • Your date of birth
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number

 

If you are really keen on making sure your passport arrives on time, you can request to have status updates sent to you via email. The moment you have already located your pending application, all you need to do is enter your email address in the Online Passport Status System, and then, updates will be sent to you automatically.

 

To put it simply, according to the United States Depart of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, below are the key information you need to be mindful about (written as it is):

 

  • Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status.
  • It takes 7-10 business days after you applied for your application to be trackable online.
  • Receive automatic email updates on the status of your application by entering your email address after locating your pending application in the Online Passport Status System.

 

– MAKING STATUS INQUIRY VIA PHONE

 

If checking the status of your passport renewal online is not working for you, don’t worry, you have another option – that is making a status inquiry via phone.

 

To check your passport renewal status through phone, all you have to do is call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or 888-874-7793. A customer service representative will take your call and assist you.

 

The center is open to accommodate your inquiry from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m (Eastern Standard Time), and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m (Eastern Standard Time). Moreover, you can access automated passport information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

The same as when checking your passport renewal status online, you will also need the following information on hand when checking the status of your passport renewal via phone:

 

  • Last Name – Include suffixes (Jones III, Patton Jr, etc.),  Include hyphens as appropriate (Jackson-Smith)
  • Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Last Four Digits of Social Security Number

 

Just so you know, the National Passport Information Center is usually closed on federal holidays. So, avoid calling during those days as no one is available to take your call.

 

 

WHAT IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR PASSPORT?

 

Although it is rare, there are some instances when the Online Passport Status System or the National Passport Information Center says that your passport has been already been issued and has been shipped out, but unfortunately, it has not reached yet.

 

If you happen to encounter this, first and foremost, you have to check how many days have passed already. According to the United States Depart of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, the time allowable for your passport to arrive is within ten business days.

 

Now, ten days passed and you still have not received your passport, what to do then? Well, it’s time for you to call the National Passport Information Center and fill out a DS-86 or the passport renewal form, which refers to a form that you need to fill out if you think your passport card or book was lost in the mail.

 

You have to ensure to report the fact that you have not received your passport within a 90-days period from the supposed date of issuance. Otherwise, you will have to reapply and pay the processing fees once again – which is too much already, right?

 

So, as much as possible, once you have already received the status that says your passport has already been shipped, make sure to be mindful about it so that in case it does not arrive within the allotted time, you get to immediately inform the authorities – and avoid spending for processing fees again.

 

WHAT IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS?

 

There are instances when upon application for passport renewal you input an address, and then while waiting you move from one place to another. If this is your case, meaning, the mailing address you provided has changed while waiting for your U.S. passport book, passport card, or return of citizenship evidence documents, all you have to do is get in touch with the National Passport Information Center. No need to contact the office though if you changed an address after you have received your passport.

 

In addition, for instance, you are applying for your child’s passport, the National Passport Information Center highly recommend that you add your name in the “In Care Of” part of the Mailing Address section on Form DS-11.

 

The thing is, passports can only be delivered to your address if your name is connected to that address. However, if you want to receive your passport at an address other than your own, or perhaps at an address where you are not registered, it is still possible – just make sure though to fill out the “In Care Of” part of the form.

 

WHAT IF YOU NEED YOUR PASSPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

 

The processing of a passport usually takes about six to eight weeks. Now, what if you just can’t wait that long because your trip is coming too soon or that you badly need it for visa application and the like? Well, the government lets you do that, however, you will need to pay extra.

 

You will need to pay an additional $60 to expedite the application process, and that instead of six to eight weeks, you can have your passport processed in two to three weeks instead. Yes, that definitely a good deal if you badly need your passport sooner.

 

Now, in case you have an emergency like you have serious illness, injury, or someone is dead in your immediate family, and that you need to travel outside the U.S. within the next three days, you do not have to worry as well as you can make an appointment for the emergency passport service by calling (877) 487-2778 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), or 202-647-4000 after hours.

 

HOW MUCH DOES A PASSPORT RENEWAL COST?

 

When renewing your passport, you have, of course, to be mindful of the fees that come with it.

 

Now, if you are wondering how much passport renewal, we are sharing below information from the U.S. Department State – Bureau of Consular Affairs:

 

Note though that adult renewal applicants residing in the U.S. must apply by mail. Some U.S. citizens residing in Canada may be eligible to renew by mail.

 

– Passport Book (Form DS-82) – $110

– Passport Card (Form DS-82) – $30

– Passport Book and Card (Form DS-82) – $140

 

HOW TO RENEW A US PASSPORT?

 

When renewing your U.S. passport, you can either do renewal via mail or you may apply renewal in person.

 

To know whether or not you are eligible to renew your U.S. passport by mail, all you have to do is check all five statements below. If your answer is YES in all these, then, you are good for renewal via mail.

 

  1. You have your passport in your possession to submit with your application.
  2. It’s undamaged other than normal wear and tear.
  3. Was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  4. Was issued within the last 15 years.
  5. Was issued in your current name or you can document your name change.

 

Again, if you answer YES to all of these, you can process your passport renewal via mail. Otherwise, a single “NO” answer in any of the statements above means you will have to apply in person for your passport renewal.

 

HOW TO PROCESS US PASSPORT RENEWAL?

 

For those living in Canada, according to the U.S. Department State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, you may be eligible to renew passport via mail instead of going in-person to a U.S. embassy or consulate. Meanwhile, those living outside the U.S. and Canada, you may process your passport renewal at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

 

Meanwhile, here’s the process of passport renewal according to the U.S. Department State – Bureau of Consular Affairs:

 

  1. Fill Out Form BS-82

 

DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals

 

Please note:

 

The Form Filler will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.

 

You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

 

If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct:  I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”

 

For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

 

You may request a larger passport book with 52 pages at no additional cost by checking the ’52 page’ box at the top of the DS-82.

 

The Form Filler option will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.

 

You must complete all pages of the form before submitting it.

 

Tips for renewing from Canada:

 

Do not include your Canadian Social Insurance Number on the form in place of your U.S. Social Security number.

 

  1. Submit Your Most Recent U.S. Passport

 

You must submit your most recent passport with your application.

 

Please note:

 

Your U.S. passport book and/or card must meet all of the requirements listed at the top of this page.

 

Your old passport book and/or card will be returned to you, but generally, it will come in a separate mailing from your new passport.

 

  1. Include Name Change Documents (If Applicable)

 

If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of the legal name change document. Examples include:

 

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered name change document
  • Your name change document will be returned to you in a separate mailing from your new passport.

 

Tips for renewing from Canada:

 

If your Canadian divorce decree does not specify a spouse is returning to their maiden name, you must provide proof of your birth or maiden name (such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate).

 

  1. Provide a Photo

 

Attach one photograph to the application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements.

 

Please note:

 

Staple the photo to the application. Please use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible.

 

Do not bend the photo.

 

You cannot wear eyeglasses in your passport photo (unless you have a signed note from your doctor that you can include with your application).

 

  1. Calculate Fees

 

Include the fees in the form of a personal check or money order.

 

– Passport Book (Form DS-82) – $110

– Passport Card (Form DS-82) – $30

– Passport Book and Card (Form DS-82) – $140

 

The application fees listed above are for routine service. Need your passport faster? You can pay to rush it.

 

Make checks or money orders payable to the “U.S. Department of State.”

 

Please print the full name and date of birth of the applicant on the front of the check* or money order.

 

Do not send cash. We are not responsible for cash sent through the mail.

 

Renewing from Canada? Personal checks or money orders must draw on U.S. financial institutions based in the United States and be payable in U.S. dollars. Acceptable U.S. checks and money orders must have a 9-digit routing number. Please do not include 1-2 days or express delivery fees with your payment. These services are not available to U.S. residents in Canada.

 

For information on forms of payment and a full list of fees for routine and rush service, please see Passport Fees.

 

  1. Mail Completed Application

 

Inside the United States:

 

Mail your completed application, including your most recent passport, name change document (if applicable), photo, and fees, to one of the addresses below. Please see Processing Times for information on how long it will take to get your passport.

 

If you live in the United States, you must use the United States Postal Service (USPS) to mail your renewal application and supporting documents. If you live in Canada, you should use Canada Post. Please do not use other delivery services such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Only USPS or Canada Post can deliver to the PO Box addresses listed on Form DS-82. If you use UPS, FedEx, DHL, or another company to send your application, the application will be returned to you.

 

Routine Service (If you live in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, or Texas):

 

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 640155

Irving, TX 75064-0155

 

Routine Service (If you live in any other state or Canada):

 

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 90155

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

 

Expedited Service (Additional fee applies. For any state or Canada):

Write “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the mailing envelope.

 

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 90955

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955

 

When mailing your passport application from the United States, please use:

 

  • An envelope large enough to fit the application without folding
  • Mailing by the United States Postal Service (USPS)
  • A trackable delivery method. The method used must be able to deliver to a P.O. Box address.

 

When sending your passport application from Canada, please use Canada Post. We will return the completed passport and supporting documents to you via USPS First Class Mail. One-to-two day or express delivery is not available if you live in Canada.

 

You may be eligible to renew in person at a passport agency or center if you need a passport quickly. Please see Get a Passport in a Hurry for more information.

 

Outside the United States (any country besides Canada):

 

Please contact your U.S. Embassy and Consulate for how to submit your documents, since processes vary.

 

  1. Track Your Application

 

You can track your application status online or by calling us. You can begin tracking your application 7-10 business days after you mailed in your Form DS-82 and supporting documents.

 

Here’s a step-by-step process of passport renewal from APVI Express:

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON PASSPORT RENEWAL STATUS

 

If you are renewing your passport any time soon, you do not have to worry much about tracking the status of your passport renewal.

 

Life is made easier by the government as you can track your passport renewal status easily either online or by phone.

 

 

 

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