What Happens If You Miss a Delivery From the U.S. Postal Service?

If you missed a delivery from the U.S. Postal Service, you can reschedule a delivery service on the official website of the USPS. To schedule a same-day delivery, schedule the request before 2 a.m. CST from Monday to Saturday. The redelivery service may not be available in specific ZIP codes.

When the USPS attempts but fails to deliver a mail or a package, the deliveryman leaves a peach-colored notice that includes the tracking barcode for your item. Use this tracking barcode to schedule a delivery on the USPS.com site. If the service is not available in your area, use the USPS.com’s post-office locator for pickup information.

If you are not usually home during the USPS regular delivery hours, visit the Track & Manage section on the USPS site and use the Manage Your Mail option to provide additional delivery instructions online. This option is useful if you cannot receive your package at home and want it delivered to a specific location. The USPS may also hold on to your mail or package if you are going out of town or you want to pick it up in your local post office. Alternatively, you may also rent a PO Box to get your mail or package. PO Boxes are available in a range of size and prices. Use the USPS PO Box locator to find a PO Box near your location.