You can complete a Passport File Search by completing the Request for File Search and Verification of U.S. Citizenship.

Passport File Search

NOTE: If you need to request a passport file search, you may click on the link above for the PDF file.

passport file searchGenerally, you will use the passport file search form when you lose your passport and cannot locate your birth certificate. In other words, passport applicants use the passport file search to verify US citizenship when applying for a new passport.

In the event your old passport book or card shows up as a record in your search, you may use it as proof of US citizenship.

Important to realize, you’ll need to submit the passport file search application form with your supporting identification documents when you visit a Passport Acceptance Agency.

Next, the fee to use this form is an extra $150 – made by check to the U.S. Department of State. Your fee for the passport file search is non-refundable.

If you need to replace a missing birth certificate, please see Replace Missing Birth Certificate for more detailed information. Additionally, you may also want to order an Express Birth Certificate.

Processing Time for File Search

When you submit a file search with your U.S. passport application, it’ll take approximately 6 weeks with routine passport processing. Otherwise, you can use the expedited passport service, which takes between 2-3 weeks.

Lastly, you may use an authorized passport expeditor like Fastport Passport and get your U.S. passport within 2 weeks, or as quickly as 24 hours.

NOTE: Remember, there is no guarantee your file search will show any pertinent records.


Also, PassportsOnline.ORG is here to provide you with all the information and services for your U.S. passport and visa needs.

Lastly, if you have any questions about your passport file search and/or how to get an expedited passport, please feel free to reach out and get in touch with us. You’re also welcome to submit an inquiry via our Passport Help Desk.

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