If I send my physical documentation, how and when will I get it back?

If I send my physical documentation, how and when will I get it back?

When you apply for an ITIN, you’ll usually submit several kinds of supporting documentation along with your Internal Revenue Service W-7 form. Many people prefer to submit original passports or certified copies, as it satisfies both requirements to prove one’s identity and foreign status. However, the IRS accepts original versions or certified copies of other important documents that satisfy either category. The IRS is required to return your materials, and its own internal processes ensure that these items are sent back to each applicant. 

Getting Your Documents Back

Understandably, you look forward to getting these returned to you in a timely manner, but you’ll need to account for the IRS’s processing times. Regardless of whether you include a return envelope for the original and certified documents required for your ITIN application, the Internal Revenue Service will send them back to you through standard postal mail to the address on your W-7 form. According to the IRS, applicants who do not enclose a courier service or prepaid Express Mail envelope should 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 ITIN W-7 Application’s online process and W-7 form instructions. We provide several useful features on our website, starting with our online application that walks you through the process step-by-step. We also include complete checklists of acceptable documents you can enclose, and you receive a printable PDF to mail in with your materials or bring with you to your appointment at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. Our FAQs also supplies information on important topics, such as how to check your ITIN status and how long does it take to get an ITIN number. Don’t forget that you can use our live chat feature if you need help.