If you’ve missed your USPS delivery, don’t stress. This happens to the best of us, and policymakers at the Postal Service know it. Therefore, USPS has built a few steps you can take to get your package before they return it to the original sender. We’ve listed those options for you below.
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How to Get Your Package After You Miss Your USPS Delivery
Here are your six ways to get your package if you missed your delivery:
- Schedule a redelivery at https://redelivery.usps.com/redelivery/
- Complete PS Form 3849 (titled “We ReDeliver For You!”), and place the form in your mailbox
- Go to your local Post Office to pick up your items
- Manage redeliveries by signing up for Informed Delivery
- Send a representative or acquaintance to pick up the package at your local Post Office. You must first sign PS Form 3849 and indicate the name of the representative in order for USPS to the item over to them
- Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to schedule a redelivery
Why Didn’t USPS Leave My Package?
There are a number of reasons why USPS may not have left your package. The most common is that your front door or mailbox was inaccessible. Maybe there was a locked gate, or maybe the package required a signature and no one was home to sign for it.
Also, while it may seem ridiculous, your dog might have something to do with it (if you have one). USPS won’t leave a package if the letter carrier delivering it doesn’t feel safe approaching your front door or mailbox. It’s for good reason; on average, letter carriers are attacked by dogs over 6,000 times per year!
When USPS marks a package as undeliverable, you will see an “Alert” when you look at your package’s tracking status online, and the alert will describe the reason why your letter carrier was unable to leave your package. To see more “Alerts” that USPS uses when they can’t deliver a package, check out our guide on the Most Common USPS Tracking Statuses.