FAQ > If I send my physical documentation, how and when will I retrieve it?
When you apply for an ITIN, you usually submit several types of supporting documentation along with the Internal Revenue Service Form W-7. Many people prefer to send original passports or certified copies, as it satisfies both the requirements to prove identity and alien status. However, the IRS accepts original versions or certified copies of other important documents that satisfy one or the other category. The IRS is required to return its materials and its own internal processes to ensure that these items are shipped back to each applicant.
Preparation of documents Back
It is understandable that you look forward to getting these returned to you in a timely manner, but need to take into account the IRS processing times. Regardless of whether a return envelope is included for the original documents and certificates required for the ITIN application, the Internal Revenue Service will send them back to you via standard mail to the address on Form W-7. According to the IRS, applicants who do not enclose a courier service or prepaid over express mail must receive their documents within 60 days of their W-7 forms being processed.
We make W-7 application easier
Simplify your application for an individual tax identification number by using online application processes ITIN W-7 and W-7 form instructions. We provide several useful functions on our website, starting from our online application that will guide you through the process step by step. Also included are complete checklists of acceptable documents you can enclose, and receive a printable PDF to mail with your materials or take with you to your appointment at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. Our FAQ also provides information on important topics, such as how to check the status of your ITIN and how long it takes to get an ITIN number. Don't forget you can use live chat if you need help.