How to Track U.S. Postal Mail

by Brandi Palkoner; Updated September 26, 2017
Envelopes and packages sent via the U.S. Postal Service can be easily tracked online or by phone.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) offers tracking services for priority mail and parcel post shipments. The standard delivery time for priority mail is 2 to 3 days, while parcel post deliveries are made anywhere from 2 to 9 days, depending on the destination location. A guaranteed delivery schedule is not included with these USPS services. If adequate time has elapsed and the shipment has not been received, easily track the package through USPS online or though the automated phone system.

Items you will need

  • Label ID number
  • Internet
  • Phone
Step 1

Go to the USPS web page to access tracking services.

Step 2

Click on the “Track and Confirm” option from the menu located at the top of the page.

Step 3

Locate the label ID number from the mailing label or receipt. If you are the recipient, contact the shipper to obtain the label ID number.

Step 4

Enter the number in the appropriate field and click on “Go” to view the status of your mail or shipment.

Step 5

Call USPS Integrated Voice Response at 1-800-222-1811 for automated tracking information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you do not have Internet access.

About the Author

Brandi Palkoner brings a refreshing voice to the world of freelance writing. She is a member of Freelance Writers Association. Her lifelong love affair with words began at the early age of 3, when she first learned to read.

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