Have you ever had mail delivered to you that you need to return? It happens quite often. Is it possible to send back unwanted mail? Yes, that is the answer. There are, however, a few reasons and various methods for sending back letters to the sender if you know how to return to sender?
What is the process of how to return to Sender? When a postal item is returned to the sender, whether it was delivered to the wrong address, or person, or was rejected, a mail carrier will pick it up. To determine the procedure to use, follow the detailed instructions below.
Table of Contents
- Someone Who Doesn’t Live At Your Address
- Mail Delivered To The Wrong Address
- Mail That You Do Not Want
- How To Change Your Address So Your Mail Always Finds You
Someone Who Doesn’t Live At Your Address
If you just moved and you got the former resident’s mail. There is a simple fix for this, which happens a lot.
1. On The Item or Envelope, Write “Not At This Address.”
Additionally, you must ensure that any barcodes are changed (if you don’t, there’s a chance the mail or package will be returned to your address).
2. Return The Mail To Your Carrier or Put it Inside a USPS Collection Box.
The mail can be returned by putting it back in your mailbox or giving it to your mailman.
You can also put a letter in one of the blue collecting boxes you can see all across your town. On the mail item, be sure to write “Not At This Address.”
Mail Delivered To The Wrong Address
Mistakes do happen. It’s simple to have something redelivered if your mail carrier delivered a piece of mail with a different address on it, and you have two choices:
1. Return The Mail Item To Your Mailbox.
Put the red flag up if your mailbox is a stand-alone. Place the letter in the collection box if you have a communal mailbox.
2. Give Your Mailman The Package When He Arrives.
The best course of action if you received a box that was misdelivered, is to hand it immediately to your mail carrier.
You must not write anything on the package or envelope when returning it to the sender via this method. However, if you write a sticky note on the package to explain the issue to your postman, it would be beneficial.
Mail That You Do Not Want
You always have the choice to refuse mail that is addressed to you and has the right address.
1. On The Mail Piece, Write “Refused.”
After marking it, return the mail item to your mail carrier by handing it to them or putting it in the collection box.
2. Select The “Refused” Box on a Signature Slip.
A slip containing delivery options and instructions is included with several types of mail. The mailman will not finish the delivery if the “Refused” checkbox is selected, and will instead return the mail to the sender.
It is possible to use this option for mail that needs a signature, including certified and registered mail, Priority Mail Express, collect-on-delivery mail, and mail insured for more than $200.
For your information, after you have signed for a piece of mail, you cannot refuse it. You will have to pay the postage to send the letter or package back if you have approved it.
How To Change Your Address So Your Mail Always Finds You
You could start to question if other people are receiving mail that is intended for you and if you frequently receive mail that is addressed to someone else.
You don’t want to miss out on crucial mail or be the cause of someone else complaining to the post office. And the simplest way to avoid both of these hassles is to notify the post office of your new address as soon as you know you’ll be moving.
You should always refer to our step-by-step instructions for changing your address if you relocate. With a $1 fee for updating your address online or over the phone to confirm your identity, the procedure can be completed quickly and easily. It can also be done in person.
While you’re at it, make sure to let other people know your new address. This should essentially be everyone who might need to contact you by snail mail. Among them are:
- Your employer
- State and federal tax agencies
- Utility providers
- Insurance providers
- Any subscriptions you’re signed up for
- Friends and family
While you’re at it, schedule some time to update your mailing address with any popular online sites. You don’t want to rush through the checkout procedure only to discover that your package is being delivered to the incorrect location.
Receiving someone else’s mail is bothersome, but the consequences of throwing it in the garbage aren’t worth breaking the law. Legally returning mail that was sent to the wrong address is as easy as writing “RETURN TO SENDER” on the envelope and putting it back in your mailbox. To avoid your mail from becoming someone else’s problem, please be sure to pay it forward by submitting a change-of-address form when you move.