UPS Tracking Number: How to get number & track your package

UPS tracking tracking number is a number used by UPS to identify and track shipments (packages) through the UPS system to their destination. Automatically, UPS assigns a tracking number to every of your shipment.

The UPS Tracking tracking number in most cases is usually made up of 18 alpha-numeric characters, which starts with ‘1Z’ and ends with check digit. However, there are exceptions to this, mostly from handwritten shipping form. There are different formats of UPS tracking number. View samples in the table below.

UPS Tracking Tracking numbers Format Samples


Why You Need Your UPS Tracking Number

Having your UPS tracking number will give you a peace of mind and security. You will have that feeling of “I’m kind of in control here,” because you can track your shipment and find out its current status. Also, if anything happens to your shipment, you will have a proof that it has been shipped.

One of the easiest and safest ways through which you can track your shipment is by the use of tracking number. Below I’ll be sharing with you several ways you can find your UPS tracking tracking number.

Get Your UPS Tracking Tracking Number Via Email

In most cases you’re likely to receive your UPS tracking number via email, depending on where you purchased your product. For example, some merchants will send you a tracking number associated to your parcel after buying a product(s) from them. If your UPS tracking number isn’t sent to you automatically, then you have to demand for it from your merchant (online store vendor you bought purchased your item).

How To Find UPS Tracking Tracking Number With A Receipt

Finding your UPS tracking number with a receipt is quite easy, all you to do is locate the receipt the receipt from the shipping carrier and go through it. Look for the longest of all the number on the receipt, now that is your tracking number.

How To Find UPS Tracking Tracking Number Using PayPal

If you’ve made an online purchase for your business and paid your seller/supplier using PayPal service, the supplier or seller may have provided PayPal your tracking number. Like I emphasized above, this tracking number will allow you to identify and track your shipment from UPS or other delivery services. To retrieve this number, you need to go to the detail page of the specific PayPal transaction. If you can’t find it there, go ahead and ask the seller/supplier to post it after the fact.

Follow the step below to find your tracking number with paypal
  1. Firstly, Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Next, click on ‘view all of my transactions,’ or just click on the ‘history’ button. You can find these options at the top of the page. After clicking on any of them, you will be taken to a page where you’ll see the lists of your PayPal transactions in a reverse order.
  3. Now click on the ‘details’ button (link) close to the transaction you wish to view. After clicking on the link, a page which contains all the details PayPal has on that specific transaction will be shown to you. On this page you’ll find your tracking number, if the seller or supplier has provided it. But if it’s not there, it means the seller is yet to provide it or he doesn’t plan on doing so. Your next move should be to contact the seller/supplier and demand that he/she should either send it to you via email or post it on the details page so you can retrieve it.

How To Track Your Package Using UPS Tracking Tracking Number

After finding your UPS tracking number, the next thing is to track your package. UPS has a live tracking feature in its UPS Air and UPS Worldwide Express packages. This feature is called ‘follow my delivery.’ In order for customers to be able to use this feature, they must create an account with UPS.

How this works is that after creating an account with UPS, the next thing is to enter your UPS tracking number in the box that will be provided to you and click on ‘track.’ After your package has been successfully tracked, you will see UPS icon displayed on a map showing the exact current location of your package in real time. This will help you to plan your day as you anticipate the arrival of your package.

Generally, to track your product, go to UPS tracking page: and enter your tracking number in the box and click ‘Track.’

You can also use some of these Fedext tracking tools to track your UPS package


UPS also tracks the following types of tracking number, which contains 7 to 20 characters.

Delivery Order/Sub-PRO NumberLess-Than-Truckload (TL) child shipping tracking number
House Bill of LadenUsed for ocean freight movement
PRO NumberUsed to surface freight movement
UPS service NoticeA notice given on first delivery attempt in selected countries
House Air WaybillThis is used for freight movement
UPS Info NoticeA barcoded notice that includes a 12-digit reference number, usually given on first delivery attempt in selected countries.

UPS Mail Innovations Tracking Numbers

This platform uses UPS tracking tracking number to identify and track shipments moved through the UPS Innovations network and the United States Postal Service, which is in charge of the final delivery. You can track your UPS mail innovation shipments through and This type of tracking is different from a small reference number in length and terminology.

The formats in which UPS Mail Innovations tracking numbers appear are as follows:

United States Postal Service Delivery Confirmation NumberIt is a 22 to 34 numeric identification number assigned by the United States Postal Service whenever a deliver confirmation is requested
Sequence Number (MMS/MMI Number):This contains an 18-digit number assigned internally by UPS Mail Innovations or UPS World ship
Mail Innovations Complaint Package IDIt is a type of identifier in form of barcode assigned by the shipper to each mail piece. It has the following structure: MIXXXXXXNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


The indicator is made up of these three components:
  • MI – It is a UPS Mail Innovation indicator
  • XXXXXX – is a unique 6-digit customer number assigned by UPS Mail Innovations
  • NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN – This is a unique number made up of 22 characters. It is assigned by the shipper as a means to identify a mail piece. It is in alpha and/or numeric characters with no symbols or spaces.

Note: The ID must not be reused for other mail pieces for at least the period of 6 months.


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