Many people shy away from using money orders to send someone money, but they are actually just as safe as a check. Just like a check, each money order has a tracking number that allows you to follow its route. There are different ways to track the status of a money order based on where you purchased it. Whether you purchased a money order from the United States Postal Service or from Western Union, though, you will need to save your receipt and the part of the money order which they give to you for tracking purposes. This will help you not only track the money order, but also serve as proof that you purchased it in the event that it does not properly go through. Read below for more tips on how to track a money order.
If you purchased a money order from the U.S. Postal Service, take your receipt and the portion of the money order they gave you back to where you bought it. You will need to fill out a form known as a 6401 and pay a fee of $5.20. The Postal Service will run the tracking number through their system. If the money order was cashed, they will tell you where that happened. If it was lost or stolen but not cashed, they will issue you a refund for the amount of the money order.
If you bought a money order from Western Union, you will need to provide them with the serial number of your money order. You will also need to fill out a Consumer Service Affidavit, sign it, and have it notarized. Send this form to Western Union's Integrated Payment Systems in Englewood, California, along with a $15 payment. If the money order was not cashed, Western Union will issue you a refund. If it was cashed, they will give you a photocopy of the money order, but this process could take 30 days.