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Can I find out the status of my renewal and have it expedited?

by Lisa
(Baltimore, MD)

Questions: I don't think I'll need my passport in the next 6 weeks or so and, since it's expiring in June, I want to get this done. However, if we take a spur of the moment trip to the Caribbean, for example, and I don't have it back, then what? Can I call and pay the difference to speed it up if it's in the middle of processing?


Secondly, to clear up part of someone else's answer for myself - you WILL return my old passport, right? I'd really like to have it as a reminder of the trips I took! Thanks and Happy New Year!

Answers: The status of your passport application can be verified online. You need to wait approximately 5-7 days for the application to be entered into the system. Click the link for more information: Passport Application Status

You will not be allowed to travel to the Caribbean (or any other international destination) by air without a valid U.S. passport.

It is usually possible for applicants to request expedited service after they have sent the application for processing as long as they can pay for the expedited service fee with a valid credit card. If you need to get your application form expedited after you have mailed it in, contact the National Passport Information Center. The toll-free telephone number is 1-877-487-2778.

Finally, the passport you submit with your application for renewal will be returned to you as long as it is not significantly damaged. If it is damaged, the only way that you can keep it is to apply for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. In this case, you would not be required to submit the previously issued passport.

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Renewed passport return status
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband and I applied for passport renewal on June 6, 2017. They were received in Philadelphia, PA on June 8. Our still valid old passports expire on December 31, 2017. We are supposed to leave for Ireland on July 18, 2017. How can I find out when the renewed passports will be returned and expedite their processing and return if necessary?

Answer: You may check the status of your applications through the National Passport Information Center's tracking system.

Routine service takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete. If you applied on the first week of June, your application will be completed in or before the first week of August. Expedited renewal takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 to see if you can pay for expedited service over the phone.

Your old passports have been deactivated when the renewal applications were received. Once the process is complete, you will be issued new passports and the old ones will be returned to you.

Old passport
by: Anonymous

Question: We did receive our new renewal passports but did not get our old ones back. Will they come in a different shipment? We would like those back because we had stamps in them from places we have traveled.

Answer: Your old passports should be on the way. They are sent in separate mailings from the renewed passports.

Need passport in hurry
by: Anonymous

Question: Heaven forbid, if one of my family in Canada is in serious need unexpectedly and my passport is in the process of being renewed what can I do to get it within 24 hours or less?

Answer: You can go to the closest regional passport agency to try and apply for same-day expedited service. You need to present evidence of immediate international travel to be entertained. There is a chance that you will get the passport in 24 hours but there is no guarantee.

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