How To Track A USPS Package Without Using A Tracking Number

The USPS tracking number is significant for tracking a package. It gives you first-hand information on the current status of your package. Did you misplace your USPS package number? You want to know how to track a USPS package without a tracking number.

To help you out, I have written this article. So read on to get your solution.

What is a tracking number?

A tracking number is a series of numbers or alphabets (sometimes both) assigned to a package. With this number, you can follow your package’s journey from the start till delivery. 

You can use this number as often as possible while the package is still in transit. It will show you detailed information as it moves through the USPS delivery infrastructure.

Where can you find the tracking number?

According to USPS, you can find the tracking number in several places. Namely;

  • Sales receipts
  • Self-service kiosk eReceipt
  • Mailing receipt
  • Online label record (that is if you purchase postage online)
  • Below the barcode, placed on the body of the package used on the item

What if you didn’t receive a tracking number?

It is possible that you did not receive a tracking number for your package. This is usually because your item did not come with one initially. Popular items that do not come with tracking numbers include:

  • Postcards
  • Periodicals
  • First-Class Mail letters and flats
  • Some USPS Marketing Mail parcels

However, with USPS’s extra service, you can make your package eligible for tracking. 

What if you lost or forgot the tracking number?

If you misplaced the number or forgot where you kept the details, I believe you have many questions. Well, the bad news is that contacting customer care won’t help.

According to the USPS, local post offices and care center agents do not have a way to recover lost tracking numbers. The good news is that you can still track your USPS package even though you do not have the tracking number. 

Can you track a USPS package without a tracking number?

As I mentioned earlier, the best way to track a USPS package without a tracking number is with the USPS-informed delivery service. This feature allows subscribers to track USPS packages they receive via phone or computer.

The good thing about this service is that it is free, and you can preview packages before they arrive. All you need to do is sign up and verify your address.

How to track a USPS package without a tracking number

If you want to know how to track a USPS package without a tracking number, ensure you have signed up for informed delivery.

Once you have, head down to the “track and manage” page on the dashboard. After that, click on “my USPS.” This should take you to a page containing all the items that have been received and sent out for delivery to that address.

You can simply select the package you are expecting as the recipient and see the tracking details. As the sender, you should also be able to see the details of the package you sent for delivery.


Can all packages be tracked?

Although not all packages have this feature, customers can add the tracking feature. So, yes, all packages can be tracked.

Can you track a package by name?

Unfortunately no. Allowing packages to be tracked by name is unsafe, so it is impossible.

Can you track a package by address?

Yes, you can. This can be done using the USPS informed delivery service. You can track all packages that were sent out for delivery or that are being received by the address linked to that account.


A tracking number is a very important string of numbers. Losing it can create a bit of unrest, whether you are the sender or the receiver. You start wondering how to know the whereabouts of your package.

Thanks to the informed delivery service of USPS, you can track a package without a tracking number. All you need to do is register and verify your address, and afterward, you will be able to track your package delivery status.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you did, you should also see what to do when USPS says tracking unavailable.

Thanks for reading.