With three agencies that have “U.S. Postal Service” in their names, and each one having different responsibilities and jurisdictions, it’s no wonder people sometimes aren’t sure where to turn for help with lost, delayed, or damaged mail.

With the Postal Service solely responsible for mail delivery, it’s almost always the one to contact. But some circumstances warrant notifying us here at the OIG, or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Our blog infographic illustrates the options, with links and contact information below.

Postal Service

  • For delayed mail, either domestic or international, call 1-800-275-8777 to file a complaint. Or go to USPS online, choose the tab marked "Where is My Package" or "Where is My Mail."
  • For lost or damaged mail, file a claim for either international mail or domestic mail.

The OIG

  • File a complaint with our Hotline if you suspect wrongdoing by a postal employee or contractor.

Postal Inspection Service

  • If you suspect someone who does not work for USPS has stolen your mail call (877) 876-2455 or report it online

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  • anon

    The title of this page is "Where’s My Mail?" You then go on to say "We welcome your comments related to the topic on this page. Complaints about the Postal Service, including lost, stolen or mishandled mail, that are unrelated to the content on this page, will not be posted." Exactly WHAT is the topic of this page if it is NOT "Lost, Stolen, or Mishandled Mail"?????????

    Jun 24, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, thank you for commenting. The “Pushing the Envelope” blog is an informational platform. The topic of this particular blog is about letting customers know what resources are available that can better assist and address specific concerns. “Where’s My Mail?” is the title of the blog, not the page. As our policy states, we welcome comments that are on topic. We are an independent agency of the Postal Service and cannot help with daily delivery issues. However, if you believe a Postal Service employee or contractor has deliberately lost or stolen mail, please file a complaint with our Hotline by clicking on the red “Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” button at the top right corner of this page. Thank you.

    Jun 25, 2020
  • anon

    Excellent Marvellous beautiful gorgeous super job and great work well done

    Jun 17, 2020
  • anon

    Why have a blog which doesn't actually address the question in the title? There seem to be some major delays in some of the bigger hubs across the United States. Why not address that? Is it against some policy for anyone associated with the postal service to speak about these massive delay times? It is pretty obvious when these places are looking to hire hundreds of additional employees, that they are dealing with a fairly large issue in certain locations.

    Jun 06, 2020
  • anon

    My daughter had to move back with us in March as their room mates believe all what the President and WH stated and therefore did not and continue to disregard CDC guidelines. She had not put a temp address forwarding notice with USPS till recently. When they recently stopped by their Rental house, which they still pay for, the room mates did some nasty stuff. One issue was that their mail was tossed and/or destroyed, know this as their bills were sent to that address (including utility bills and such). My ask is whether there are any laws which are in place protecting intended (addressed to) recipients? If there is, is this a federal law and any suggestions we can pursue? My daughter said that they may have proof of this, but figured I would ask the OIG first if this may be an infringement of federal law. Thanks for your attention.

    Jun 03, 2020
  • anon

    Hello. Thank you for your message. Regarding your concern, please file a complaint with the Postal Inspection Service at https://www.uspis.gov/report/

    Jun 03, 2020
  • anon

    I moved to a small town in September 2016. After I moved here I found out I had to have a P.O. box, I was given one. I then had to start changing all my addresses at all the business and government offices I have to deal with or receive mail from. I receive Social Security and it is very hard to get changes made at Social Security. So some of my mail from them comes to my PO and some to my home address. Also I have to order some things from Walmart, because it over an hour to the nearest one, and I have spina bifida and am elderly. But when I order from Walmart the ups drivers or fedex drivers will deliver my mail to the post office instead of my home. The post office has now started returning my mail and refusing to put it in my P.O. box. I don't know what to do, I have been working with SS and Walmart to get the address they have to include my P.O. box. But now I wont know if I am missing any important mail or not. What do I do?

    Jun 02, 2020
  • anon

    Hello Donna. Thank you for your message. Regarding your concern, please contact your local Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office at https://postalpro.usps.com/ppro-tools/consumer-affairs.

    Jun 03, 2020
  • anon

    I have opened two cases with USPS regarding a lost package. Both times, my case was “open & resolved,” yet my package is still lost and I have heard nothing regarding my cases. I call constantly, but end up on hold for an hour. How do I get my package? I used a prepaid label from Mercari who says it’s insured, yet I can’t file a claim. Please help!!

    Jun 01, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, Alexis. Thank you for your comment. If your issue has not yet been resolved by the USPS Office of Consumer Affairs, please file a complaint with our Hotline. You can access the online complaint form at https://www.uspsoig.gov/form/file-online-complaint

    Jun 02, 2020
  • anon

    The post office handles a lot of mail. I think that we as individuals need to do our part to ensure that we get our mail. We make mistakes as well as the post office. We should check ourselves first before we blame them.

    May 29, 2020
  • anon

    What do I do if my mail is repeatedly being put in someone else's mailbox? Thankfully the neighbor has been an honest person and gives me my mail, but sometimes it has been weeks later after it was delivered. Once, one of the mail pieces was an important delivery from the government but because I never received it, I spent much time and stress dealing with that department to figure out what happened, then find out it was actually sent when the neighbor gives it to me days later. It is not my neighbors responsibility to deliver my mail to me. What can I do?

    May 27, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, Holly. Thank you for our comment. Regarding your concern, please contact your local Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office at https://postalpro.usps.com/ppro-tools/consumer-affairs.

    May 29, 2020
  • anon

    what happened to all the imfo i just gave to inspector general about my stolen stimulus check

    May 27, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, Jack. Thank you for your comment. If you filed a complaint with the USPS OIG Hotline and included your email address when you filed the complaint, you will receive a response via email from the OIG Hotline stating we received your complaint.

    May 29, 2020
  • anon

    Will they are sending debit cards with the payment on it your check might not be stolen have check to see when they sentbit

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    What happens to a person's mail when they don't have a mailing address? Does it go back to the person or person's that mailed it?

    May 27, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, Kevin. Thank you for your comment. To learn more about the handling of undeliverable mail, please visit the Postal Service FAQs page at https://faq.usps.com/s/article/How-is-Undeliverable-and-Misdelivered-Mail-Handled#undeliverable_as_addressed_mail

    May 29, 2020
  • anon

    If you do not receive your mail at your address then the mail goes back to the sender the same day.

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    I haven't received my stimulus check, and I do believe that it got lost in the mail because they had an old address,,,I would like to know what to do

    May 27, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, Tammy. Thank you for your comment. For delayed or lost mail, please file a complaint directly with the Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777 or at​ https://emailus.usps.com/emailUs/iq/usps/request.do?forward=emailUs. Just choose the tab marked "Where is My Package" or "Where is My Mail."

    May 29, 2020
  • anon

    All checks that are unable to forward are going back to IRS the same day.

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    Mi mb e too. The IRS said, "they could have forwarded because I did a change of address months ago. My check was sent 1 month ago, IRS hasn't received it back and I don't have it. What IDIOTS!!!! I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR USPS

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    The best thing to do is go to your post office and check to make sure your change of address went through. If so they can speak with the carrier of that route to try to get this resolved for you.

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    Tammy the same thing happened to me I had a old address I tried 2x to change my address the 2x hopefully worked you need to look and see what the address is on your last tax return and then put in a change of address from that house to your new home now and that works before they send it out to you if they send it out and you do it it won't work but you have to change your address before your stimulus check is sent! You can go online and see when your date is on irs.com I hope I could help you

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    A change of address typically takes 7 to 10 business days to go through. The best thing you can do is let the IRS know your current address.

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    I did that 4 days before it was due to mail.

    May 28, 2020
  • anon

    a note of thanks

    May 27, 2020