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Using Call Trace

Last Updated: Wed, 27 May 2015 > Related Articles

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Learn how to use *57 to trace harassing phone calls.


Call trace allows you to dial a simple code to trace the phone number of a call that was received. This service is used to trace harassing calls.


Using Call Trace


  1. After the call arrives:
    • If you have hung up, press Call and listen for a normal dial tone. On a wired phone pick up the handset and listen for the dial tone.
    • If you have not hung up, press End and listen for a special dial tone. On a wired phone, quickly release the disconnect button, and listen for a special dial tone.
      Note: Some phones have a Link or Flash key that you can press instead of the disconnect button.

  2. Press *57. On a rotary phone dial 1157.
  3. Listen for a confirmation announcement telling you the last call has been traced.
    Note: In some areas, after you press *57, you'll hear an announcement that the call can be traced. Follow the voice instructions to dial an additional code, and the call will be traced. Call Trace can identify the source of a harassing or abusive call for use in a court of law.

  4. Hang up from the call.
    Note: Customer Originated Trace must be used immediately after you disconnect from the call you want traced. If you get another call, or hear a Call Waiting tone first, you will trace the wrong call.

Obtaining Call Records


As a Cox Digital Telephone customer you can use the Phone Tools features, available through your accounts on www.cox.com, to set up capture of calls you make and receive, excluding private or unlisted numbers.

If you need records of outgoing calls made before establishing your Phone Tools record, you can obtain them for a charge by presenting a picture ID and completing a release at a Cox Front Counter office. Records will be mailed to the address on your statement in two to three weeks. Cox maintains call records for 18 months (36 months in California and Virginia).

Records of incoming calls are not available to customers, other than through Phone Tools, because they may include private or unlisted number information. Law enforcement can obtain these records for investigation of harassing or annoyance calls.

The number you traced will be recorded by Cox personnel. If you decide to follow-up on the matter, you must contact a law enforcement agency and we will provide that number directly to them. We cannot provide the traced number directly to the Cox Digital Telephone customer.

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