What is a Designated Address Notification?

Like most people, you probably rely on the post office like USPS to send your mail and packages. 

But have you ever wondered what happens to your mail once it leaves the postal service? 

In this article, we’ll explain a designated address notification and how it can help you manage your mail.

What Exactly is Designated Address Notification?

Designated Address Notification

Designated addresses are a new feature notification system used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to notify customers when their mail has been delivered. This notification can be done through a postal card, automated mailing list, or text message.

They alert customers when their mail/packages have been delivered to a specific address. This can be especially helpful for people who live in multiple locations and want to know when their mail has arrived at their primary address.

The designated address notification system is designed to give customers peace of mind in knowing their mail has been delivered. By providing this notification, the USPS can reduce the number of missed deliveries and increase the rate of return-to-sender rates.

If you have not received your mail at your regular address, please check with your local post office for more information on receiving your mail at an alternate address.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Designated Address Notification?

One primary benefit of having a Designated Address Notification is that the service allows you to be notified when your mail is delivered to a specific address. 

This can be helpful if you are not at home to receive your mail, if you do not have access to the mailbox, or if your mail was sent to your other address.  

You can set up Designated Address Notifications for as many addresses as you want and receive notifications for all your addresses in one place.

Another benefit of having a Designated Address Notification is that it can help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. 

If you know that your mail will be delivered to a specific address, then you are less likely to open any unsolicited offers or advertisements that may be in the mail.

SEE: What Is A Permanent Address

How Do I Set Up My Designated Address Notification?

You can set up a Designated Address Notification (DAN) with the United States Postal Service (USPS). 

Here’s how to go about it:

1. Go to USPS.com and click on the “Services” tab.

2. On the Services page, under “Mail Services,” click on the “Designated Address Notification” link.

3. On the Designated Address Notification page, enter your address information in the appropriate fields. If you have more than one address, select which one you’d like USPS to notify you about.

4. Click the “Create DAN” button to begin the process. You’ll be asked to provide basic account information, including your name and mailing address. Finally, you’ll need to confirm your designation by clicking on the “Confirm DAN” button.

Once your DAN has been created, you’ll receive an email notification every time a package addressed to your address arrives at a post office or pickup location near

What If I Have Trouble Receiving or Viewing My Notifications?

If you have trouble receiving or viewing your notifications, there are a few things that you can do to troubleshoot the issue. 

First, make sure that your notification settings are correct. If you’re using a desktop computer, try adjusting your notification settings in the Windows 10 Control Panel. 

If you’re using a mobile device, try adjusting your notification settings in the app’s settings. If you’re using a web-based notification service, ensure your browser is configured to accept notifications from that service.

If it persists and you still can’t receive or view notifications, you may need to update your device or app. 

For iOS devices, you can update to the latest version of the iOS Software Update or update your device’s firmware. For Android devices, you can download the latest version of the Android Software Update from Google Play or update your device’s firmware. 

You can download the latest Safari browser extension or update your device’s firmware for Macs and PCs.

SEE: How to Change US Mail Address

How Do I Change My Designated Address?

Designated addresses are essential for several reasons. If you need to change your Designated Address, you should know a few things. 

Go to the ‘My Account page and click on the ‘Designated Address” link. You will be taken to a page where you can enter a new Designated Address. You can also change your Email Address or Password here.

You may need to contact that service to update your forwarding information if you have sent mail using a forwarding service. 

Finally, if your account is suspended or canceled, all mail will be sent to the ‘Inactive Account MailBox.’

If you have questions about changing your Designated Address or sending mail using our system, please don’t hesitate to contact USPS customer service. 

What Should I Do If My Mail Is Delivered to My Designated Address?

If you have not received mail that was supposed to go to your designated address, there may be a problem. 

The most common reason is that your mailbox is at the wrong address. You can check to make sure your mailbox is at the correct address by going to the USPS website and entering your full name and the last four digits of your social security number.

If you still haven’t confirmed that your mail has reached its destination, you can call the USPS Customer Service number at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

SEE: How To Do US Mail Forwarding

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for the notification to reach me?

Designated Address Notifications will be sent to your email address within two business days. If you have opted-in for alerts, your notifications will be sent to your device as soon as your package is delivered.

If you have not opted-in for alerts, your notifications will be sent to your device as soon as they are created.

What will happen if I move and don’t update my designated address?

If you move and don’t update your designated address, you may not receive mail or packages at your new address, and USPS may send the mail to a PO Box you have registered with the USPS services. If this happens, don’t hesitate to contact USPS to update your address.

How often should I refresh my notification system?

There is no correct answer regarding how often you should refresh your notification system when waiting for your package/ mail to arrive. 

However, checking in on your notifications every few hours is a good idea, especially if you haven’t received any new messages.

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