UPS Tracking : Track Package using Tracking Number

United Parcel Service (UPS) is the world’s largest package delivery company. It is also a provider of supply chain management solutions. It’s headquarter is in the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States. If we talk about it’s size and the number of customers then it’s interesting to know that everyday it delivers 15 million packages to 7.9 million customers in almost 220 countries and territories. The color of both, the color of delivery trucks and the uniform of delivery men, is brown and that’s why it’s nickname is “Brown”. It offers many services to it’s customers like Courier express services, Freight forwarding services and logistics services. It was founded on August 28, 1907 by James E. Casey.

When you mail any package for shipment, it is processed through so many levels and stages. Customers want to know the shipment related information, in this situation UPS Tracking service helps the customers. Most of the customers are familiar with this service or facility because they use this facility to find out the current status of their packages and those who are unaware with it can read about it below that what it is and how it works.

UPS Tracking :-

UPS Tracking is a mechanism through which you can get the current status of the package. You can find out where your package is and the expected delivery date and time. This service comes automatically with almost every package. You need not to pay anything for this. What you paid was only for the postage not for the tracking facility. So it’s free and added automatically. You can find out the complete process and information about package delivery with tracking. Have you ever wondered how this service works and how you get the current status of your package? It is really an interesting process. Let’s have a read about it.

When you mail any item for shipment, your item is scanned various times, starting from the acceptance of the item to it’s final delivery. Your mail item is scanned at different points and stages. UPS assign a tracking number to each package. This number is scanned at various points. You can get the actual progress of your package or mail item using the tracking number. UPS offers different methods and ways to track your package. The methods are given below.

But before knowing and understanding the methods to track your shipment, you should know about the tracking number that how you can get it and where you can locate it or where it is found.

UPS Tracking Number :-

A tracking number is number assigned to each mail item for tracking purpose. Whenever a package comes for shipping purpose, UPS assign a tracking number to it and with the help of this number the customer can track his / her package along with route as the item is scanned several times throughout the mailstream. In United States, some companies and organizations like FedEx, USPS and UPS use this number for tracking purpose.

UPS tracking number format is :-

  • 1Z9999999999999999
  • 999999999999
  • T9999999999
  • 999999999

A tracking number of UPS domestic package usually starts with “1Z” (UPS Tracking 1Z) followed by 6 character shipper number, 2 digit service level indicator (ex. – 03 for GROUND) and at last 8-digits identifying the package. The total of 18 characters tracking number is used by UPS.

UPS also track the tracking numbers which contain 7 to 20 characters or which are as follows :-

  • House Air Waybill :- Used for air freight movement
  • Delivery Order/Sub-PRO Number :- Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)/and Truckload (TL) child shipment tracking numbers
  • House Bill of Lading :- It is used for ocean freight movement
  • PRO Number :- It is used for surface freight movement
  • UPS InfoNotice :- It is a bar-coded notice included with a 12-digit reference number. It is given on first delivery attempt in selected countries.
  • UPS Service Notice :- It is a notice which is given on first delivery attempt in selected countries

UPS Mail Innovations Tracking Number :- 

UPS mail innovations tracking numbers are different in format from the above given tracking numbers. As the shipments are delivered through the United States Postal Service and UPS Mail Innovations network, the innovations tracking numbers are different and are in following formats :-

  • United States Postal Service (USPS) Delivery Confirmation Number :- It is a 22-34 digit numeric number.
  • Sequence Number (MMS/MMI Number) :- It is an 18-digit number assigned internally by UPS Worldship or UPS Mail Innovations.
  • Mail Innovations Compliant Package ID :- It is assigned to each mail piece by the shipper, it is a barcode type identifier. The structure is given below :-


It is the UPS Mail innovations tracking number format. The identifier is made of following components :-

  • MI :- UPS Mail Innovations indicator.
  • XXXXXX :- 6-digit unique customer number.
  • NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN :- It is a 22 character unique number assigned by shipper. This number should not be reused for at least six months for other mail item.

You can track any UPS mail innovations piece on both & For UPS tracking number search, you can check your receipt which you received while placing the order, if you placed it online then check your email or your UPS account. UPS Tracking number is also known as UPS Tracking ID.

UPS Tracking Methods :-

There are various ways through which you can track UPS Package and some useful and popular methods are as follows :-

1. Track Package by Tracking Numbers :-

As you know that tracking number is assigned to each package so with it’s help you can easily track any package. With this tracking number you can :-

  • Determine the current status of the package
  • Confirm the delivery of the package
  • Access delivery change options

Follow the steps given below to track the package :-

Step 1 :- Visit the official site of UPS –

Step 2 :- Select your location and hit enter (sometimes it doesn’t appear there).

Step 3 :- Click on “Track Shipments” under Tracking category (click here to directly jump to that page).


Step 4 :- Enter Tracking or InfoNotice Number(s) into the blank field. Here you can enter maximum 25 tracking or InfoNotice numbers.

Step 5 :- After entering the tracking number(s), click on “Track” button.

You can also read the Terms and Conditions before clicking the Track button. You need not to register to My UPS account for that. You can track packages without making an account or without registering to My UPS login but if you make an UPS account then you will be able to get the tracking status details, tracking history and can also take actions on packages you have sent. With online UPS Tracking order or by registering to My UPS login you will be able to hold a package or reschedule a delivery, can manage time for the signature required shipments, will get the updates of current status of the package, it’s delay and delivery through e-mails.

2. Track by Reference :-

Whenever you create a shipment, you can assign a shipment reference that will contain up to 35 characters of letters or numbers in any combination. It will help you to track the package quickly and easily. With the reference, which you assigned, you can co-ordinate with your filling or billing systems, you can easily recognize the shipment with the description.

Follow the steps given below to use this feature :-

Step 1 :- Visit the official site of UPS –

Step 2 :- Select your location and hit enter.

Step 3 :- Click on “Track Shipments” under Tracking category (click here to directly jump to that page).

Step 4 :- Select your Shipment Type.

If you want to track a single mail piece by reference then select Package option, if in bulk then select Freight and if none of above then select Mail Innovations. Customers of United Parcel Service use UPS freight tracking if they want to track their packages which are in bulk.

Step 5 :- Enter your Shipment Reference.

Step 6 :- Select the Shipment Date Range.

The next fields are not required, these are optional. You can fill these fields or leave them blank.

Step 7 :- Click on the “Track” button.

3. By UPS InfoNotice :-

If UPS is unable to deliver the package then you will get a UPS InfoNotice through which you can get the information about the next delivery attempt and is the presence of recipient is important or not for signature confirmation. In some cases, your package is delivered to your nearest UPS Access Location from where you can pick up your package.

With UPS InfoNotice Number you can change the delivery address of the package, reschedule the delivery date, hold for pick up, track it and also return the shipment or the package back to sender. You can follow the steps given below to track :-

Step 1 :- Visit the official site of UPS –

Step 2 :- Select your location and hit enter.

Step 3 :- Click on “Track Shipments” under Tracking category (click here to directly jump to that page).


Step 4 :- Enter the InforNotice Number(s) here. The limit is 25.

Step 5 :- Click on “Track” option.

4. Track by Email :-

For UPS Shipping tracking of a single shipment or up to 25 shipments, you can send an email containing the tracking number(s). You will get the response of your email by UPS, in that response you can see the status of your shipment(s). The email address is : If you want to track a single shipment then you can write the tracking number as the subject of the email or in the body and if you want to track multiple shipments then you can write your all tracking numbers in the body and it’s not necessary to specify a subject. In return, you will get the status of your shipment(s). Tracking by email is not available for freight shipment tracking.

5. Track by UPS Mobile :-

It’s more easy now to track any shipment with UPS Mobile. UPS has a mobile application through which you can track shipments anywhere at any time. This mobile app is available for both android and iOS users. Android users can download this application from google play store and iOS users can download it from App store. Including tracking, users can do a lot more with UPS Mobile. It’s easy, quick and more accurate to calculate shipping rates, find the nearest UPS location etc. The downloading links are given below :-

usps mobile app on app store


6. By UPS Enhanced Tracking :-

With My UPS you can track your shipments better. It helps user to view the shipping activity in a better way. Below are some benefits of it :-

  • You will receive tracking information in a comma separated (CSV) file through email.
  • You can import up to 100 tracking numbers at once and can track all these at one time. Isn’t it great?
  • You don’t have to key in tracking numbers every time because it stores up to 50 tracking numbers.
  • You can also request for status update notifications through which you will get the notification about the possible delay, status update and delivery.

Click here to register for My UPS.

How to Register with My UPS :-

  • Click on the link given above.
  • Complete the required fields that are marked with Required.
  • Read the UPS Technology Agreement and select the Box below to agree with it.
  • Click “Next”.
  • Fill the Profile Address.
  • Now you can see the confirmation page which is indicating the process of registration as completed.

7. UPS Express Critical Shipment Tracking :-

The UPS Express Critical Shipment provides the same day service to U.S customers and customers of more than 120 countries. It ensures the customers the earliest delivery of urgent shipments. You will get the real time status of any delay, delivery, route change etc. You can receive this status in any format (phone, email. fax or PDA) you want. Click here to know more about UPS Express Critical Shipment.

8. Track with Quantum View :-

It is a portfolio of visibility services which consist of Quantum View Manage, Quantum View Notify and Quantum View Data. It helps in managing the shipping information efficiently and securely and creating custom tracking report. It offers proactive status information to UPS customers about the shipments. Click here to know more about UPS Quantum View.

9. UPS Signature Tracking :-

It is a web-based and one of the most secure service which provides delivery and enhanced tracking information and it can help you to streamline your customer service and billing functions. With signature tracking you will get the Proof of Delivery and the Proof of Delivery will be with :-

  • Full Name
  • Delivery Address
  • Image of Signature


For security purposes, UPS wants you to be registered with My UPS account and authenticate for Signature tracking.

10. Track with UPS Internet Shipping :-

A wide range of tracking functionality is provided to you by UPS Internet Shipping which makes it easy to keep tabs on any shipment you send. To access tracking data for up to 90 days after you send a shipment and shipment details log in into My UPS account, select the Shipping tab there and then select View History. Here you can track up to 25 shipments that too at one time. You can also request UPS Delivery Intercept.

11. Track Package with “Follow My Delivery” service :-

ups follow my deliveryUPS launched a My Choice service in 2011. If you want to track your package on live UPS Tracking map or want to use Follow My Delivery service then you must be registered in UPS My Choice. With the help of this service a customer can follow his / her package on a live map. Both UPS Worldwide Express and UPS Air customers can enjoy the benefits of this service. Customer can view all the details and what’s going on from the time when the package leaves the distribution center and the driver’s 45 minute lunch break is also included in it. The live map will update automatically within 2 to 3 minutes.

UPS won’t disclose the driver’s exact route because of the security reasons. Chief marketing officer of UPS, Teresa Finley said, “Follow My Delivery is the latest example of how we use technology to improve the e-commerce consumer delivery experience from the point of purchase to the time of delivery.”

It reduces the risk of theft package and package lost by enabling the UPS customers to track their package on live map. UPS Follow My Delivery service is perfect example of how GPS is making the life simple, easier and convenient of both customers and companies. It provides greater levels of visibility and information at no cost. The service is more helpful for those who checks the status of their package again and again. They will get the link of the map when the driver will begin his or her route. Some people reported that they can’t see the map to track the live status of their package. It’s not because there is something wrong with the map or the link but it is because the map is generated when the UPS driver starts his / her route to deliver packages. Each and Every UPS driver has a unique time to travel from the UPS distribution center. In any case your package won’t be delivered to you, you will get the link of map next morning via email. Once the package is delivered to you or the end of the driver’s day, the map won’t be available there. UPS Follow My Delivery is currently available for those packages which are sent via premium services but UPS is trying to expand this service for customers who use other services.

If you are a customer and want to use UPS track package service then you should register in My Choice so that you too can enjoy the Follow My Delivery service. At any time, you want to turn off these tracking alerts then you must have to log in into My Choice account, click on “Settings” there, click on “Alerts”, click on “edit” to make any changes and deselect the “Day of Delivery” alert. By doing this you won’t receive any Follow My Delivery message. If you want to know more about it then you can call on 1-800-PICK-UPS.

12. Tracking via RSS :-

With a unique RSS feed you can get the tracking information of your package. Personalized homepage or RSS Reader can be used to track the status or location of the package. You can get the tracking information of any package being shipped to you via United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS) or Federal Express. Follow the steps given below for UPS package tracking via RSS :-

Step 1 :- Find out the tracking number of the package.

Step 2 :- Navigate to personalized homepage or open RSS reader. To subscribe to an RSS feed by URL, select the function.

Step 3 :- By appending the tracking number to URL listed below, create the tracking URL for carrier :-

  • Fedex Ground :-
  • Fedex Air :-                     type=fedex_air&tracking_number=
  • United States Postal Service (USPS) :-           type=usps&tracking_number=
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) :-

Step 4 :- Subscribe with any RSS reader. You can use your favorite one.

Step 5 :- Copy & Paste the URL into RSS reader.

Step 6 :- Now you can track your package or it’s progress.

Below are some shipment types, tracking methods of these shipments and some useful information.

UPS Ground Tracking :-

UPS Ground is the most commonly used service. It is cheaper than any other service offered by United Parcel Service. You will get date-scheduled, guaranteed, cost-effective delivery for residential & commercial shipments. UPS Ground is two or three times cheaper than Next Day Air & 2nd Day Air services. It’s not the all, it is also cheaper than it’s competitors (FedEx, USPS and DHL). It is a standard shipping service. It takes only 1 to 5 business days to deliver your package.

It includes tracking and all other useful features like expensive services or options. If you want to track a UPS Ground Shipment then you can use any option mentioned above like track by email, reference, SMS, mobile app etc.

UPS Mail Innovations Tracking :-

ups-mail-innovationsUPS Mail Innovations is also known as UPS-MI. It is a joint venture between United States Postal Service (USPS) and United Parcel Service (UPS). Here packages are picked up by United Parcel Service (UPS) and delivered by United States Postal Service (USPS). UPS-MI shipments are firstly picked up by UPS at fulfillment center and then handed off to United States Postal Service hub where the workers process and sort the packages. After processing and sorting the packages USPS start delivering it to customer’s shipping address or P.O Box.

To track the UPS Mail Innovations, you can follow the steps :-ups-mail-innovations-tracking

Step 1 :- Click here to visit the tracking page.

Step 2 :- Enter the tracking number(s). You can enter up to 25 tracking numbers.

Step 3 :- Click on the “Track” option.

Step 4 :- You will get the latest update of the package.

Note :- If you don’t get the tracking update or information through UPS-MI then you can visit USPS site to get the update.

Some important points :-

  • They don’t process or ship orders on weekends.
  • Some items can take more time to be processed.
  • If the UPS-MI shipment doesn’t deliver to you within the given time frame then you should contact to it.
  • Don’t forget to add your order number and items which have not received yet while contacting it.

UPS Surepost Tracking :-

It is an residential, economy, ground service. It combines the reliability & consistency of UPS ground network with final delivery provided by USPS to the customer’s mailboxes. This Surepost service is less expensive than Ground delivery but it takes longer time to deliver the shipment. You may have seen the incorrect tracking information, it shows the delivery date before you actually receive the package. It takes 24 hours to update the delivery date and time. Customers receive two tracking numbers, one form UPS and one from USPS. They can use any tracking number to track their package. In case of Tracking number lost, customers can contact to UPS customer service at 800-742-5877 or can email the company using the contact us form on the site.

Surepost service has 4 mailing options, packages :- that weigh more than one pound, that weigh less than one pound, which contain media and bound items. Packages having weigh less than one pound have 2 additional mailing options. Packages with bound & media items should not be more than 108 inches in length and other remaining packages should not be more than 130 inches in length.

Customers who have UPS My Choice account can upgrade their Surepost packages to Ground. It will cost additional fee. Once upgraded, customers can use the available features to reschedule and redirect the package to a different address. Packages which are upgraded arrive one day before the normal delivery time. It is available only if you have a contract for the service. UPS Worldwide decides that which company will complete the final delivery of each and every shipment, United Parcel Service (UPS) or United States Postal Service (USPS). Each and every shipment is processed and validated like a small package.

To track a UPS Surepost package, enter the tracking number or shipping reference number into the tracking form on the site. The steps are given above, follow them and you will get the tracking information of your package. You can also opt-in to receive regular updates via SMS or email. Email the list of tracking numbers up to 25 and in return get the updates of each package.


Final Words :- These are the tracking methods to track any UPS package. You can choose any of the methods given above. Firstly, you should check the tracking number of the package then check which method will help you to track the item. After finding or selecting the method follow the instructions and at last you will get the status of your package. It’s the best technique to get the status update of any mail item or package.

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