Target Drive-Up Returns Service: Here’s EXACTLY How It Works

Updated March 27, 2024 by Kyle James
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Making returns can often be a long, complicated process. Whether you are trying to mail back a return or return a purchase in-store, there’s no denying that the return process isn’t the most thrilling experience. Fortunately Target is making it easier, and much more convenient, for shoppers to make their in-store returns via the Target drive-up returns service. Keep reading to learn all the ins and outs of Target’s latest drive-up return service option.

Target Drive-Up Returns Service: Here's EXACTLY How It Works

How Exactly Does Target “Drive-Up Returns” Work?

Target Drive-Up returns make the return process a lot easier.

Here are the simple steps on how the Target Drive-Up returns process works:

1. Initiate your return via the Target app or your account. Be sure to select the correct product(s) you wish to return.

2. You’ll receive a barcode once you’ve initiated the return. This barcode will need to be shown to a Target employee when you arrive at the store.

3. Next, let Target know your on your way via the app.

4. Pull up to the Drive Up Returns area at your Target and tell them “I’m here” via the app.

5. When the Target employee gets to your car, show them the barcode you received when you initiated the return.

6. You’ll immediately receive a refund and be credited the amount you paid for your returned item(s).

Note: A return confirmation will be sent to your email as well as within the Target app.

Why Would Shoppers Use This Service?

While this isn’t a money saving hack for Target, their Drive-Up service definitely make shoppers’ lives easier.

First, this service allows you to make a return without ever stepping foot outside of your car.

All you need to do is drive to your local Target, have the return initiated on your Target account, and you’re good to go.

Second, this service makes it super helpful for parents of small kids or pet parents alike.

No longer will you have to bring your child (or pet) with you into the store and exert all the stress and energy it can sometimes take bringing your kids in and out of the car.

Last but not least, the service is really convenient.

Not only do you get to stay in the comfort of your car, but the process is in theory more efficient than going into the store.

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Will It Rollout at ALL Target stores?


The Target Drive-up return is expected to roll out to every Target store by the end of summer 2023.

So, at the very least, you can expect many (if not all) Target stores to have a designated drive-up return section by the end of 2023.

Do I Need the Target app?

No…but it makes it easier.

While you may be able to login into your account and print off the barcode to make your return, having the Target app makes the return process a lot easier.

With the Target app, you’ll be able to initiate your Target return and receive your barcode all on your phone, making the return process a lot simpler for you.

What If I Don’t Have a Smartphone?

Not a problem.

If you don’t have a smartphone, fear not, you can still make use of the Target drive-up return system, it just may be a bit more complicated.

No matter what, you’ll need a return barcode to show a Target employee when you get to the drive-up return section.

So, before you leave to make your return, be sure to login to your account on your computer (or any device you have), initiate the return, and then print out the return barcode.

This way you’ll have a barcode the Target employee will be able to scan to process your return.

When you get to Target you’ll have to call them to tell them you’ve arrived.

Can I Get a Starbucks Drink or Food Purchase Brought to Me Too?


Target is making it even more convenient for customers by providing them the opportunity for Starbucks food and drink orders to be brought to their car.

This can be done using the Target app immediately after telling Target you’re “On Your Way”.

You’ll gain access to the full Starbucks Café menu at this point and be able to place your order.

Obviously the participating Target must have a Starbucks located within.

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Can I Pickup Items and Return Items at the Same Time from My Car?


While yes you can return and pick up items at Target all within the comfort of your car, be aware that the designated return and pick-up sections may be in different locations.


So, you may need to return your items in one section of the parking lot, then pick up items in another section.

Is the Service Free of Charge?


The Target drive-up return service is completely free to shoppers.

Ask the Reader: Have you used this drop-off service at Target for your returns? Was it easy or more hassle than it’s worth?

By Kyle James


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