How to Return a Letter to Its Sender

by Jesse Futch - Updated September 26, 2017
The Postal Service offers a simple solution to returning mail to its sender.

The United States Postal Service has long been known for its reliability and ease of use. Senders, however, are not always known for their reliability. When a piece of mail is unsolicited, unneeded or otherwise unwanted you can simply return it to the sender. The Postal Service offers a very simple way of resolving your unwanted mail woes and will happily take your undesired mail off your hands.

Write "Refused, Return to Sender" on the front of the unwanted envelopes.

Place proper postage onto the envelopes if you have opened them. You are not responsible for paying return postage if the parcels have not been opened.

Return the unwanted mail directly to the Post Office. You can hand the mail directly to a postal employee or, if available, place into a "Returns" box or mail slot.

About the Author

Jesse Futch began writing professionally in 2008. He writes for various websites, including eHow, specializing in topics such as family, technology, travel, history and science. Futch is self-taught in the field of writing. He studied U.S. history, software engineering and missile and space systems at U.S. Air Force Technical College.

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