How can I check my ESTA application if the application number doesn’t exist anymore?

Once your ESTA permit has expired, you will not be able to check it and the number will no longer exist, therefore you will have to apply for a new ESTA authorisation. This means you will have to fill in the form once again and you will have to repay the fee.
If however, you have just forgotten your application number, that’s not a problem at all. You can retrieve your application by using some of the other information that you submitted on the form. When you are checking the status of an individual application and cannot remember your application number, visit the government website and click on "Check Individual Status", located at the bottom of the page under "Check Existing Application". Once you click that, select the "I do not know the Application Number" option and there you will just need to write your passport number, date of birth, family name, first name, and country of citizenship.
If you are checking a group application, click "Check Group Status" on the ESTA official website. If you cannot provide the Group ID when attempting to retrieve your application, you can select "I do not know my Group ID" option and enter other information relevant to your group application, including your family name, first (given) name, email address, and date of birth. Your Group ID will then be emailed to the email address, provided the remaining information you submitted was correct.
If you are unsuccessful with re-obtaining the Application Number or Group ID, you can contact us and we’ll help you find it. Ensure that you explain your situation thoroughly and provide all the relevant details to make it easier. If you or the technical team are still unable to retrieve the application, it may be that you may have written one or more of your details incorrectly on the form, so in that case you would need to apply for your ESTA again. In that case you will need to repay the fee.
In order to avoid such situations and so that planning your trips to the U.S. goes smoothly, we recommend printing your application documents, as well as your authorisation once that is obtained, and storing these in a secure location. This way, you will always be able to retrieve your application number or any other relevant information related to your ESTA form when so required.

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