How long does USPS keep a record of tracking and delivery confirmation?

 January 3, 2020

By  Vada Shelby

United States Postal Service (USPS) is the most renowned postal delivery service provider globally. One of the most esteemed and demanding services USPS provides is its tracking service. With this tracking service, people now can quickly come to know where their parcel is lying. This tracking service helps the USPS customer to track their mail item at any time. And that too at the comfort of their home or office. They need to enter the tracking number, which will be available in their mailing receipt, and get the complete details of your mail or package. Thus with the help of tracking service, people can now have peace of mind when they find that their parcel or mail is moving in the right direction.

For how long will you be able to track USPS records?

Tracking service is one of the most excellent services that let you know where the parcel is. Apart from that, with this tracking service, you will also be able to get the COD facility and the confirmation of your mail delivery. Now the biggest question that arises in the mind of the USPS customer is how long they will be able to track the USPS record. Hence in this article, we have come up with every detail of USPS tracking and delivery confirmation service to understand how long you can track USPS records after sending the mail or package through USPS.

USPS stores the record of its mail or parcel delivery in its database. So, whatever data are kept in the database, you can quickly get that online or at the post office. But suppose you want to know whether you will be able to track the record for the lifetime. In that case, you must remember that this service does not mean for the lifetime as USPS need to delete the record from their database from time to time so that it does not unnecessarily waste the space of their database. So, the customer cannot make USPS responsible if they do not find the record of their mail or package after an estimated period.

However, in USPS, the period for keeping the record of package or mail in the USPS database varies and is certainly different for different classes of mail or service. Hence the customer needs to know the different periods for different classes of mail or package. So, in the article, we have come up with the details of the period up to which you will be able to check the record of mail or package.

The following table shows how much time you will be able to track the record of the different classes of mail:

Mail Class or CategoryTime FrameDescription
General USPS mail or package120 days, i.e., three monthsUSPS usually holds the record of general mail or package up to 120 days, i.e., three months
Certified Mail ServiceTwo yearsUSPS keeps the record of these classes of mail delivery service for two years, and hence you will be able to keep track of the mail service of this category up to 2 years at any point in time.
International mail serviceTwo years
Priority mail express serviceTwo years
Registered mail serviceTwo years
Signature Confirmation ServiceOne yearUSPS keeps the record of this category of mail or package up to 1 year.
Adult signature restricted delivery mailThree yearsUSPS keeps the record of these mail services on their database for up to 3 years, and as such, you will be able to track the record of this category of mail service for up to three years.
Adult SignatureThree Years


Now you have come to know the various details of the time frame of different classes of mail. It is seen that USPS keeps the record of most of the categories of the mail service for a lengthy period. Hence, you will be able to request archived tracking information as many times as you want within the given period specified in the table.

Vada Shelby


  1. Hello, I have a question regarding a shipping receipt. I threw out the receipt of a package I shipped about a week or so ago before I sent the tracking # to the purchaser. it shows on this page that records are held for general mail for 120 days. The package was sent from the Greenmead Livonia, Mich. location on Pembroke ave. The address it was shipped to is 537 Barbara Lane, Jacksonville Fla. 32250-4657. ( name is Michael Gerst ) Hope this enough information to recover the tracking number , That is actually all I need. Help on this matter would be greatly appreciated, Thank You, Sincerely, Rick Swain

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