Updated on April 26th, 2023


You’re eagerly waiting for your package to arrive but when you check on the status of your USPS package, you see it as “forwarded” or “Forwarded for delivery”. Now you’re probably asking yourself what does this mean? And are possibly starting to worry if your package was delivered to the wrong address.

Chances are, it might’ve been. Read more about USPS packages being delivered to the wrong address to figure out what to do next.

Let’s go through how you can track your package, what a forwarded status means, the reasons behind this and how to handle the situation carefully and promptly.



Does USPS Forward Packages?

USPS forward packages just like they forward mails. USPS can help redirect your packages to your new address when you move out of your mailing address. This doesn’t change your mailing address; it only redirects your packages. 

If you forgot to update your sender about your new address, USPS would help you forward your packages to the correct address if you’ve applied for a change of address with them.


How to Forward Your USPS Package

If you’re moving, you’ll need to submit either a permanent or temporary change of address so that all your packages will be rerouted to your new address.  

It’s recommended you apply for the USPS package beforehand. Though package forwarding can begin within 3 days of submitting a request, it’s best to allow up to a week or two. 

However, standard mail forwarding only forwards first-class mail. Therefore, if you want to forward your packages, the ideal option for you is premium mail forwarding.

You can change your address at a local post office or online. Here’s how to do it:

  •     Visit the USPS change of address website 
  •     Select the type of package forwarding you want to apply for – either temporary or permanent.
  •     Pay an identity verification fee of $1.10
  •     Complete the change of address form
  •     You’ll receive a confirmation code via your email. Use it to confirm or delete your request
  •     You’ll receive a welcome kit with coupons at your new address from USPS
  •     All your packages and mails will be rerouted to the new address


How to track your USPS package?

There are many ways you can retrieve your tracking number.

  • You can find it on the peel-off label on the bottom of your package
  • From the email confirmation you receive from the store and you’ll also receive the tracking number via email if you’re shipping with USPS.
  • You can also get the tracking number from the post office shipping receipt and use it on the USPS website to track your package.
  • You can also sign up for an account with USPS for automatic tracking, where you will receive emails or text alerts updating you on your package status.


Read more about How to Find Lost USPS Mail or Packages? 


What does a forwarded status mean?

Receiving a “forwarded” status on your package means your package was sent to a new address. If you did not apply for a change of address or did but never received your package then the new address is incorrect.


What does Forwarded for Delivery Mean?

Suppose the status of your package shows ‘forwarded for delivery.’ Congratulations, as your package will soon be delivered to your doorstep. It’s probably in the local depot waiting to be handed to the mailman.


Why would a package be forwarded?

There are a few reasons as to why USPS would forward your package.

1- Wrong Postal Code

The most common of them is an incorrect zip code/ postal code. One wrong digit out of the five changes the whole address.

2- You Applied for USPS Change of Address

Another reason your mail would be forwarded is if you applied for a USPS change of address so your mail and packages will start to be forwarded to the new address instead.

Read about USPS change of address process

If you did not apply for a change of address then possibly a family member or friend who moved out accidentally changed your address.

However, if you do apply for a change of address and move while making the order, the package may be delivered to the old address and then forwarded to the new one.

Your package tracking number will still be the same even after the package has been forwarded so you won’t need to worry about a new one.

Contact your Post Office immediately to find out why your package is being forwarded so you can start to take action.


What to do now?

If your package was mistakenly delivered to a wrong address due to a different zip code, the post office may try to handle the situation and retrieve your package by scheduling a pick up if the correspondence was cooperative.

In the case of them not being too friendly or denying receiving anything, you can both open a lost package case with the post office and contact your sender to look into getting a refund or resending the package.

If the package was insured for, you’d get your package to resent. If not, you may need to repay the shipping fees or in some cases, repay for the product all over again.

This process consumes a lot of time and possibly a good amount of money. It is best to always confirm the correct address with the sender before any deliveries.

In the case of someone moving out recently, you might want to check with them at their new address if they’ve received anything, which happens often.


How can you forward mail?

In order to receive mail regularly at your new address, you’ll need to apply for a change of address.

You can either head to your nearest Post Office and fill out a change of address form or have it done online with a small fee of $1 saving you the trip to the Post Office.

USPS offers two different types of forwarding services. Regular forward mail is the first and allows you to permanently update your address if you’re moving for good or you can apply for a temporary move from 15 days to 6 months.

Then there’s the premium forwarding service where USPS will hold your mail and ship it to you weekly by priority mail services.


How to avoid this from happening again?

Confirming the correct address especially the zip code with the sender is vital when expecting any packages. Also, if anyone is moving out, confirm with them they individually change their address, not the whole family.

Lastly, if you apply for a change of address, be sure to keep an eye out for any mail that may arrive at your old address. USPS will have all your mail forwarded to your new address for the first 10-15 days.  


A Digital Solution to all Mailbox Forwarding:

Signing up for a permanent shipping street address with Post Scan Mail means your package will never be forwarded to the wrong address again! A digital mailbox offers you full management over your mail and packages. Your packages will arrive at a secure facility and an instant notification will be sent to you.

You’d be able to request your package to be forwarded to wherever you like and can conveniently track your package throughout delivery. Post Scan Mail offers you free 30-day physical storage space to hold your packages until you decide where and when you want it forwarded.

You’ll have a real street address, one of the many nationwide addresses offered, to safely receive your package with no trouble at all, Sign up now for your virtual mailbox. 


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