Track and Trace - Royal Mail
I need help with my reference number
Why isn’t my reference number recognised by Track your item?
There could be a number of reasons for this. Please check:
- The number entered is correct.
- If you're the recipient, check the sender has given you the right reference number.
- The reference number is for an item sent with Royal Mail, using a service that offers tracking.
- If the item has been sent. The sender might have created a tracking number, but not yet submitted the item into our network. Please try again later.
Find out more about which services you can track.
How do I find my reference number?
Your number is between 9 and 27 characters long. You’ll find it on your item’s label or your Post Office® receipt.
It may be called a barcode or a reference.
If you’re using a Customer Collection, your despatch book or manifest should list the reference numbers of items collected.
What can I do if I’ve lost my reference number?
If you’re the recipient:
- Contact the sender and ask them to give you the number
- If you ordered an item online, check your order confirmation or invoice. It might contain your reference number.
If you’re the sender:
- Try contacting the recipient. They’ll be able to tell you if they’ve received the item.
We’re sorry, but if you sent your item at a Post Office® and you’ve lost the receipt or the tear-off section from the label, we won’t be able to tell you the reference number.
Please note: we can’t use any other information like a name or address to track items. Unfortunately, without a reference number, you won’t be able to track your item.