When Do I Get My Birth Certificate Back After Applying For A Passport?

If you have applied for a passport, but have not received your birth certificate back, or any other supporting documents, then you have to read this information carefully. Supporting documents such as Birth Certificates, Parent’s Naturalization Certificates, Permanent Residency Card, and so on, may be required, depending on the peculiar circumstances of the individual applicants.

Usually, there is no need to worry even if you have not received your birth certificate. There is a lot of bureaucratic work associated with processing the passports, and so documents have to pass through several different offices before approval. But let us now give a straight answer to the question.

When Do I Get My Birth Certificate Back After Applying For A Passport?

Your birth certificate should arrive within 2 weeks after the arrival of your passport, however, it sometimes takes as long as 1 month. This is because Birth Certificates are mailed separately. Even if you have paid for your passport to be expedited, and sent to you using same day courier services, you may be forced to endure an extra long wait period.

This is because the normal time to get your passport is 6 to 8 weeks after applying. When you add two weeks to that, which is when you should get your birth certificate you get around 10 to 11 weeks from the time you apply to the time your birth certificate arrives.

Therefore, when you pay for an expedited passport, it seems like you have to wait longer to receive your supporting documents, than those who apply for the normal process.

Please note that birth certificates and other supporting documents are handled separately, and there is no way to speed up the process. If you have received your passport, you will also receive your birth certificate. You just need to be patient. However, if you have not received your passport, the case is somewhat different.

If You Have Not Received Your Passport

Having passed through the normal process of applying for the passport, the normal thing is to wait for the usual processing time which is 6 to 8 weeks. If after that time elapses and one has still not received his passport then there may be a problem.

The first step to take is to contact the authorities to make a complaint. You can contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 so as to report that you have not received your passport. The next steps vary according to how you applied for the passport.

If You Applied In Person Or Via Mail

You can also check the status of your application online by going to https://passportstatus.state.gov/ which is the website set up by the authorities for this purpose. You will need your Last Name (including suffixes like Johnson III, and Wesley Jr, etc), Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY), and the Last Four Digits of Social Security Number.

If You Renewed Online

If you have renewed your passport online you only need to go to your MyTravelGov account, and log in with your email address and password.

Please note that you may not be able to get any updates about the status of your application for the first 2 weeks of your application. As at that time, your documents may not have arrived at the state department office, or may not yet have been attended to.

Understanding Application Status

Not Available

This usually means that your passport application has not been received by the state department. Perhaps it is still in transit to the office. When your payment is processed, your application has reached the intake facility. Therefore, from the time you apply to the time your payment is received, it could take 2 weeks. Then your application should say “In Process.”

In Process

When your application shows in process it means your application, and payment have been received, and your application is being reviewed at one of the agencies or centers. The length of time may vary, but once this shows as your status, then you should get your passport around 4 weeks after that.


If your passport application shows approved, then congratulations are in order. It means that your application has been reviewed, and now they will start printing your passport, after which it will be mailed to you.


When your passport status shows “Mailed,” it means that your completed passport has left the state department’s office or agency, and has been sent to you. Depending on the means you have elected to have it sent to you, it could arrive within a day, or within 2 weeks.

Remember that your birth certificate, or any other supporting document would then be sent to you separately, and could arrive up to 8 weeks after you have received your passport.

In The Event Of Your Passport Being “Mailed” But Not Received

This rarely ever happens. However, if it happens that you have waited over two weeks since the date our passport status was changed to “Mailed,” and you still have not received your passport, then you will need to contact the National Passport Information Center with the phone number provided above.

There may be some waiting time, but when you get through you have to explain to them that your passport status has been updated to mailed, but you have not received it. At that point it will be assumed that your passport has been lost in transit, and you will be made to fill a special form known as the DS-86 form. The form is basically a signed statement that you didn’t receive your U.S. passport.

However, you must act fast; 90 days must not elapse since your passport was issued before you fill the form. You will then reapply, and pay all the fees.



You should get your birth certificate, as well as your other supporting documents back around 2 weeks after you have received your passport. This is for those that apply for the routine, “normal” passport application. Those who paid for an expedited passport may wait a little longer. The passport is mailed separately, and it is handled by a different office.

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