How to track a package without a tracking number

Updated February 21, 2017

There are several ways to track a package if you do not have a tracking number for your shipment. You must know the carrier that is handling the shipment. If you are the receiver of the package, contact the sender to find out what carrier is handling the delivery. Most carriers have online tools available to assist in tracking packages.

Check the status of your UPS shipment using a reference. When preparing a shipment, a reference can be noted on the shipping label. A reference can be a purchase order number, customer name or any identifying information. The UPS website has an online tool available to track packages by reference.

Track your UPS package using Quantum View. Quantum View is a service provided to UPS account holders. There is no need to have a tracking number if you are using this service. All outgoing and incoming shipments can be tracked through Quantum View. You can also sign up for automatic e-mails to keep you informed of the status of your shipment.

Contact the company that prepared the shipment. Many companies can track a package for you.

Track your FedEx shipment using a door tag number. If you have missed a delivery and a tag is left at your door, a number beginning with "DT" should be on the tag. Shipments can be tracked on the FedEx website using this number.

Research a FedEx shipment using a reference. References are assigned to the package from the shipper. References can be order numbers, customer names or any other identifying information the shipper chooses. Track by reference with or without a FedEx account.

Contact FedEx at 1-800-GoFedEx. Service representatives are available to assist you in tracking your package.

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