If you got a notice from USPS letting you know that no authorized recipient was available, you are probably wondering what this means. Does this mean your package is not able to be delivered or that USPS tried to deliver it?
This is a common concern as people do not understand what US PS notifications often mean. If you are expecting a package it can be very confusing to come home to a notice left on your door instead of the package that was expected that day.
Keep reading to find out what a no authorized recipient available notice means from USPS.
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What Is the Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available) Meaning?
If you have gotten a no authorized recipient available notification from USPS, this means that there was no one to sign for your package. If a package requires a signature, somebody has to be available to sign for it in order for it to be delivered.
This is common for certain items that you may have ordered that are of high value or high risk. They will require a signature to ensure that you, as the owner, do actually end up getting possession of the package so that USPS is not liable.
This is also an option that you can choose when you buy something online and have the option of leaving delivery instructions. Some people do this to ensure that they will be home when their package is delivered.
If you get a notice from USPS that no authorized
recipient was available, this simply means that you weren’t there when they tried to deliver the package. If your package is supposed to be signed for USPS cannot legally leave your package at your home.
Because of this, USPS will have to leave a notice letting you know that it attempted to deliver your package. It will not be able to successfully deliver the package until there is someone home to receive it, whether that be you or a family member.
You can always arrange to have different people sign your package for you, such as:
- Family members
What Do You Do If USPS Says That No Authorized Recipient Was Available?
If you have received a no authorized recipient available notice from USPS, there are a few things that you can do. You obviously want to be able to get your package, so you will need to get the package redelivered.
The good thing is that USPS will automatically keep your package and re-deliver it the next day. So you do not have to do anything if you or someone else will be home the next day to sign for the package.
However, you will need to take action if you will not be home or anyone else who can sign for the package. You can do this by calling USPS to arrange a better time for the package to be delivered when you will be home.
Alternatively, you could also go online to the USPS website and enter the information that is on the notice. You can then arrange a better delivery time online so that your package is delivered when someone will be home.
These are the best options to ensure that you will be able to receive your package as soon as possible. This is very important as USPS will not continue to try to deliver your package if you are routinely not at home to sign for it.
So you will need to make sure you find a time to have the package delivered when someone will be home. Otherwise, it will most likely end up being stuck at the USPS office as it will be marked as being undeliverable.
How Many Times Will USPS Try to Deliver a Package?
If you were not home when a package was brought to your house that needed a signature, it will end up going back in the USPS delivery truck. This is why you will need to find a way to have someone sign for the package within the next day or two.
USPS will attempt to deliver the package again the next day, but this could very well be the last time it tries to do this. USPS will typically not try to deliver a package more than two times, three in rare instances.
If it fails to be able to deliver the package to you, the package will end up going back to the USPS location. It will be held here for 15 days, which gives you more than enough time to contact USPS about the package.
If you fail to take action within that time frame, USPS will send the package back to the sender’s address. Then the situation will be much more complicated, and you will have to work with the sender to get the package back.
What Does USPS Mean By No Authorized Recipient Available?
If you have gotten a no authorized recipient available notice on your door from USPS, this means that a package was supposed to be delivered. USPS attempted to deliver a package that required a signature, but there was no one home to sign for it.
Because of this, USPS had to take back the package and will have to try to redeliver it the next day. You will need to make sure that someone is home to receive your package, otherwise, it could be sent back to the sender’s address.
Thankfully it is not difficult to contact USPS and arrange a different time frame for your package to be delivered when you will be home.