Through this post, you will get an answer to all your queries related to misdelivered mail such as what if USPS delivers to the wrong address? what to do if my mail is misdelivered? etc. USPS is a dedicated postal service that always provides its best services, but occasionally mail is misdelivered or is delivered to the previous location of an individual.
What to do if USPS Misdelivered Mail to my Address?
If you have received a shipment that belongs to the previous resident and you do not know their current address then simply return the mail back i.e. leave it in a collection box or other mail receptacles. Make sure to mark the envelope with a notation “Not at this address”.
You can call at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) for Priority Mail Express items only to obtain the number of the Priority Mail Express Reporting Unit.
Read the information below for other misdelivered mail items (such as letters):
- If the mailpiece is delivered to the wrong location: In such a situation, you need to place the item back in the mailbox or hand it over to the mail person. Refrain from writing or erasing anything.
- If the mailpiece is delivered to the correct location but the recipient on the mailpiece does not reside at the address: If you have such a mail then write “Not at this address” on a mailpiece and drop it on the Collection Box receptacle or hand it over to the mail person.
Can I throw away or destroy mail not addressed to me?
There is no point in throwing away or destroying the mail if it’s not yours. Instead, you should follow the above information and let USPS deliver it to the correct recipient.
Willfully destroying mail may be a punishable act by the Federal government.
If you have further queries related to this topic, then check out the official FAQ’s page of usps.com. Keep checking this site for useful information on postal services around the world.