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This question came up elsewhere. Did the USPS do away with form (ithink it was called) 1510--report of loss or rifling? Years ago, I'd file this form from time to time when a book I mailed didn't get to its destination. Thankfully, I haven't had to for a number of years, but someone else in another context asked me about how to track a package without DC on it. I realise it's nothing more than a glorified "please check behind your sorting tables to see if this fell down behind it" request, as well as a request to the dead letter office, but I don't see any reference to it on usps.com or in the DMM anymore. Is it gone?
Yes and no. The paper version is no more. The only way to file one now is to file it on the postal inspectors website. That form is basically a way for the inspectors to track where "lost" packages are going. If they get complaints about a large number of packages that dissapper and they are all going through the same facility, the inspectors start watching that facility.
There is no way to track a package without adding a tracking service. The form 1510 will not "track" a package.