How to Check Your USPS Tracking Status

Learn how to check the USPS tracking status of your package, what some of the most common statuses mean, and what steps to take if your package gets lost
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If you’re wondering how to check your USPS tracking status, you have a few different options. This guide is all about navigating the different places where you can get an update.

Check Your Tracking Status on USPS.com

The best way to keep track of your package during transit is to enter your tracking number on USPS’ website. The USPS website will always provide the most detailed and most up-to-date information. In addition, the USPS website also provides a complete history for each package. You’ll be able to see what day and time USPS scanned in the package, when it reached one of their sorting centers, and when it was delivered.

You Can Also Use Google

Here’s a pro tip: you can also get a basic tracking update on Google! When you enter in “USPS tracking,” you’ll see a search bar where you can type in the tracking number of your package. You won’t get as much detailed information here as you will on the USPS website, but it’s still a good way to keep tabs on your package.

Some of the Most Common USPS Tracking Statuses

Here’s a list of a few of the most common USPS tracking statuses, along with short descriptions of each one:

  • Acceptance: The parcel was scanned in either by a Post Office employee or by a letter carrier during a pickup
  • Processed Through Sort Facility: The parcel has gone through and left a USPS processing facility
  • In Transit: The parcel is en route to its final destination, either marked by “In Transit, Arriving on Time” or “In Transit, Arriving Late”
  • Out-for-Delivery: The parcel has been given to a letter carrier for final delivery
  • Delivered: The parcel has been delivered at the recipient’s address or P.O. Box

For a more comprehensive breakdown with more statuses, check out our guide on of all the different USPS tracking statuses.

Is Your Package Lost or Missing?

If your USPS package has gone missing, there are a few steps you can take. First, check if the service you paid for comes with built in USPS insurance. For example, all USPS Priority Mail services come with insurance ($50 at the Post Office, and $100 with online shipping software). If your parcel comes with insurance, you can file an insurance claim directly with USPS. If USPS approves the claim, they will mail you a check.

Another step you can take is to file a missing mail search request with USPS. Note that you’ll need to create a free USPS.com account first. In addition, you can also contact USPS directly at 1-800-ASK-USPS. However, if you do go that route, keep in mind that you may be on the phone for quite some time.

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