How to Return USPS Package to Sender?

If you want to Return the package To Sender USPS and looking for How To Return Mail To Sender, and all other processes then you’re in the right place.

USPS receives thousands of packages every day to deliver, sometimes delivery man delivers someone else package, which doesn’t belong to us, it was probably done by mistake of delivery man or may he provide the package of the previous resident, or 

it can be mistakes of the sender while filling the address, or at the end of USPS carrier, This kind of delivery counted as junk mail/package, but the thing is what we do in that situation because may it is something which is essential for the receiver, i.e. identity card, passport, anything else, 

So take this as a serious matter and as a duty to identify that package and safely send it to the sender so that he can send it to the original receiver. 

Let’s know all the things i,e what you have to do and how you can send that package to the sender with this post.

How to Return USPS Package to Sender

How To Return USPS Package To Sender?

When you know that package that you’ve received doesn’t belong to you and want to send it back to the sender, then there is a way for you, USPS [United States Postal Service] provides a service called Return To Sender so that you can send that shipment with this service.

P.s- if you received any wrong package that contains any important document or any item that has immense value in receiver life, so it becomes your responsibility to send that package safely to the sender or USPS.

USPS Return Back To The Sender

Just follow the given process to return the package to the sender.

Step 1 – Collect the package. 

[ it can be multiples or single and can be package or envelope]

Step 2 – Don’t open that package/envelope.

Step 3 – Write “Return to sender” at the top of the package/envelope.

Note – write return to sender in bold and clear letters, so anyone can easily read this.

If any person lives in that place before you, then write “No Longer at this Address, Return to Sender.”

Step 4 – Cross out your address.

After following the process, cross out your address from the package or envelope, so the Postal worker could understand that this package is delivered to the wrong address and it can not be done in future.

Step 5 – Drop the mail item in the mailbox.

Now you just have to go to your nearest post office and drop it to the mailbox so that they can send it back to the sender.

How Much Does It Cost To Return A Package to the sender?

No one wants to pay unnecessary, so how much do you have to pay to Return A Package to the sender?.

USPS [United State Postal Service] sends packages to the sender freely if that package returns to the sender within the time frame of returning period with written at the top of the box “Return to Sender“, if you exceed the time of returning, then you have to pay for it.

If you opened a mail package after receiving it, you have to pack that package in a new packaging box/envelope and also the charge of postage will be applied. 

How To Report The Changed Address For Someone Else?

If you’re getting a package/mail for the previous resident, you should write an application letter to the post office and tell them about this so that USPS will proceed with the request, and when any package comes with your name, then it will go to your place.

If it does not stop, then you have to go to the nearest post office and fill a form about each item, you can also do this online if you know the previous resident address. One more way is to send a letter to the sender address, so he will understand what’s happening, and it can not be done in future.

All this process may help you to stop getting a shipment and report them about the address. if you complain about this is not your package, then they will send back to the sender if they doesn’t get success then they will add this in hold for 15 days,

After this they will send the package to the dead mail office. it will be their work to send it back, if they are not getting success, then they will sell the package item or destroy the package.

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Faqs related to package Return To Sender USPS

How Do I Stop Returning to Sender

You have to request it to the post office to hold the package to be returning, or also you can login your USPS account and do this from there.

What Does Return To Sender Refuse to Mean?

Refused means addressee has refused that package.

How Long Does USPS Take To Return To Sender?

When you request for return to the sender, they hold that package for the 15 days after that they will proceed the process to send it back to the sender, so suppose 25-30 days, sometimes it takes more.

Can I Track A Package That Has Been Returned To Sender?

No, once you’ve submitted for the return to the sender request, then there is no way to track it, it will be directly delivered to the sender.


This blog post is all about How to Return USPS Package to Sender. I hope this article will help you to send the package back to the sender and also find whether the mail is junk or not.

So, return the package within the time period if you observe that the received package does, not belong to you; otherwise, you’ve to pack the package in a new package or envelope and also pay for the postage charges.

If you’ve any question, comment down below. I would love to assist you further.

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