USPS Tracking Number Example and Format

What is a tracking number?

Just like you used to have a unique ID of yourself back in school or college, every parcel you purchase or mail has their respective tracking numbers allocated to them. Each mail item that is packed with USPS has its ID from which the required identification is made.

When you go to their online portal,, this ID or the unique tracking number is needed for you to know the status of your parcel. With the help of the tracking number, you will get detailed information on your parcel’s status and whether or not it has been shipped to the destination.

So, the tracking number is usually 20-22 digits long. Remember that there are no letters or alphabets included in the USPS tracking number. The tracking number of the USPS is about 13 characters long in nature.

The Complete Example of USPS Tracking Numbers:


USPS Tracking 9400 1000 0000 0000 0000 00
Priority Mail 9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00
Certified Mail 9407 3000 0000 0000 0000 00
Collect On Delivery Hold For Pickup 9303 3000 0000 0000 0000 00
Global Express Guaranteed 82 000 000 00
Global Express Guaranteed EC 000 000 000 US


 USPS  Tracking Number Format Explained:

You might have noticed that most of the tracking numbers are around 20-22 digits, such as – 9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00. For EU tracking, there is a combination of alphabetic and numeric characters all at once.

SEE: USPS Restricted Delivery

The tracking number is kept different for each post for a variety of reasons. First of all, every mail has its unique ID, so there is no confusion during dispatch. On the other hand, the unique ID is allocated on a variety of considerations as well.

Format 1: 9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00 ( 22 digit tracking number)

Format 2: EC 000 000 000 US (It starts with 2 alphabets and is made of 9 digits. This type of format ends with “US” at the end”)

What Happens if you Lose Your Tracking ID?

There can be instances where a customer might not remember his/her tracking number. This has happened before to a fair share of customers, and it is nothing to sweat about. It is common for someone to misplace their tracking number.

SEE: USPS Article Number

If a similar thing happens to you, just go to the official site of and login for a registered query or complaint. The customer service representatives are quite frank, so most likely they will reply immediately.


With the help of this article, I hope that you are now aware of the tracking ID and how it looks like. Your tracking number for the package is confidential. Also, there might be instances where you cannot track your package, or the status of your package says ‘not available’. It might happen due to the entry of the wrong information. It is essential to check out the tracking number you have entered at least twice to avoid such mistakes.

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