How to Send a Return to Sender on USPS

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It is illegal to tamper with the mail. Mail tampering includes opening, destroying, damaging or taking into possession mail that is not addressed to you without the implied consent of the sender. If you receive mail that is not addressed to you, return it to the sender. The United States Postal Service will allow you to return to the sender any mail that was sent through them at no charge.

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  • Red ink pen

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  1. 1

    Leave the package or letter unopened. The United States Postal Service will not return a letter or package that has been opened.

  2. 2

    Write the words or letters "Return to Sender" in large letters on the front of the envelope or package with a red ink pen. The front, or face, of the item is the side where the postage and address are located. Avoid writing over the return address.

  3. 3

    Enter a reason for the letter to be returned such as "Undeliverable as Addressed" or "Insufficient Address." This step is optional.

  4. 4

    Place the letter or package in your mailbox or hand it to a postman. Items heavier than 454gr cannot be put in a mail drop box. There is no fee to return the package to sender.

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