USPS is one of the safest and most economical ways to send your mail across the US, or even internationally. You’d be surprised to find that you can even mail live animals like bees and scorpions through the USPS. Of all the services that USPS offers, one of the most helpful ones is tracking your mailed package. Once you’ve mailed a package, you can track its live location as it makes its way to the receiver. All you need is the tracking number of the package. In this article, we show you how to find a USPS tracking number and track a package in just a few simple steps.
Table of Contents
Here’s how you can find your USPS Tracking Number
- Check the sales receipt: Every time you ship a package using USPS, you get a sales receipt. The sales receipt contains the tracking number for your package along with other information like the price of delivery, and the dimensions and weight of the package. Check the sales receipt for the tracking number and use it to track your package. If you used a self-service kiosk, check the self-service kiosk receipt.
- Check the insurance receipt: If you insured the package you’ve sent using USPS, you must have received an insurance receipt. This receipt usually contains the tracking number.
- Check your email: If you sent a package through Click-N-Ship using the USPS website, you must have received the tracking number in your email. Browse your inbox for an online receipt from USPS and look for the tracking number on it.
- Ask the online retailer for the tracking number: If you made a purchase from an online retailer and they shipped the package through USPS, ask them for the tracking number. USPS only provides the tracking number to the person that shipped the package. Usually, online retailers provide you with the tracking number as soon as they make the shipment. Check your email inbox for any emails from the online retailer.
- Check the barcode label on the item: Check the barcode sticker on the package for the tracking number. When the label is applied to the package, a part of it is peeled off and handed over to you. Check the peel-off for the tracking number.
How to track your USPS package
- Once you’ve acquired the USPS tracking number, all you need to do is log on to the USPS website and enter the tracking number on the search bar. The search bar is located on the homepage itself. Once you’ve entered the tracking number, hit search and you’ll be able to track your package.
- If you do not want to use the USPS website, you can send a text to 28777 (2USPS) with your tracking number and you will receive regular text updates about the location of your package.
- You can even download the USPS app for Android and iOS and use it to track your package.
- You can contact USPS for additional tracking information or other issues related to your package.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I lost my tracking number?
USPS does not have any way of recovering a lost tracking number. If you have an Informed Delivery Account with USPS, you can track a package you’re about to receive without needing a tracking number.
How do I track a package I’m about to receive?
Ask the sender for the tracking number then track the package on the USPS website. If you have an Informed Delivery Account, you won’t need a tracking number to track your incoming mail.
Why did I not receive a tracking number for my package?
USPS does not provide a tracking number for certain items. These items include
- First class mail letters and flats
- Some USPS marketing mail parcels