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What are the Second and Final Notice and Return Dates for Redelivery?

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The Postal Service™ is no longer extending the time before a mail piece will be returned to sender. The times in the table below are in effect again.

  • Check the "Final Notice" box on the peach-colored PS Form 3849 - Delivery Notice/Reminder/Receipt. If this box is marked, then this will be the last notice you will receive before your package or extra service mail item is returned to the original sender.
  • The carrier will not have the item with them when the "Final Notice" is left.
  • Your mailpieces or extra service mail items will be returned to the sender on the date indicated unless you arrange a redelivery or come to pick up your mail at your local Post Office™ facility before this date.
  • Articles with extra services are held for 15 days, with the exception of Collect on Delivery (COD), which is held for 10 days (unless fewer days are designated by mailer, or it includes Hold For Pickup service).


Second/Final Notice Return Dates


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Second /Final Notice
 

Total Number of Days Held after Initial Delivery Attempt
 
Certified Mail™5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Certified Mail - Food Stamps5 days after receipt of first noticeLocal policy may vary
Collect on Delivery (COD)5 days after receipt of first notice10 days (unless fewer days are designated by mailer)
Customs5 days after receipt of first notice30 days (unless fewer days are designated by mailer)
USPS Tracking®5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Priority Mail5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Priority Mail Express
(includes Priority Mail Express International® and Global Express Guaranteed®)
3 days after receipt of first notice5 days after first attempt
Foreign Origin International Mail
(includes Foreign Origin Registered Mail International; excludes Priority Mail Express International and Global Express Guaranteed)
5 days after receipt of first notice30 Days
Insured Mail (includes Ground Advantage)5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Parcel (Ordinary / Uninsured)5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Perishable Parcel*5 days after receipt of first noticeDestroyed after 10 days
Postage Due5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Registered Mail®
(Domestic and Outbound (originating in the US) International Registered Mail)
5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
Signature Confirmation™5 days after receipt of first notice15 days
* If endorsed Postmaster: Perishable
  • Unless otherwise noted, the return date is in calendar days, not Postal business days. If the return date falls on a non-Postal Business day, the item will be returned on the following Postal Business day.
  • Articles with extra services are held for 15 days, with the exception of COD which is held for 10 days (unless fewer days are designated by mailer, or it includes Hold For Pickup service) and Priority Mail Express which is held for 5 days, before being returned to the mailer.
  • All items are available for pickup at the local Post Office™ until close of business on the applicable return date.  The item is returned to the sender at close of business.
  • Accountable Mail is returned to the sender after 15 days (30 days for Customs).
  • Carriers will leave two notices (regardless of whether or not a customer schedules a redelivery): first and final.
    • If a customer schedules a redelivery after the first notice has been left by the carrier and is not home to accept the item, the carrier will leave a second/final notice.  
    • If the customer schedules a redelivery after the second/final notice has been left by the carrier and is not home to accept the item, another notice will not be left by the carrier.

 

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