If you’re aware of the process of postal services, you must have come across a term – no-stat addresses. If you’re picking your brains over this term, let us clarify it for you. A no-stat address means an address that is ‘inactive’ or unavailable at the time.
According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), any no-stat address is not considered deliverable. Meaning that if you have a no-stat address, USPS won’t deliver posts to this address of yours.
The term ‘no-stat’ refers to addresses that the postal service believes are unlikely to receive mail for various reasons. No-stat addresses are buildings in urban and suburban regions that the USPS does not consider deliverable addresses. In Houston, no-stat addresses contain:
- A mix of freshly built buildings.
- Gated neighborhoods with no individual delivery.
- Derelict structures.
Why are Some Addresses Listed as No-Stat by the United States Postal Service?
If you come across a postal address termed as no-stat, there might be one or many underlying reasons behind this listing. The said reasons include:
- A building that is going through demolition, replacement, or significant overhauling
- An address in a rural area that has been empty for 90 days or longer
- A building that is under construction and hasn’t been occupied yet
- An apartment building that does not cater to USPS delivery. Even if single units in the same building allow USPS delivery, USPS declares the address as no-stat considering the status of the apartment building as a whole.
- A rural location only allows street delivery, but mail is delivered through a P.O. Box.
- The USPS does not carry mail directly to an address; instead, a secondary drop address is issued.
No-Stat Addresses in Rural Areas
No-stat is used in rural regions to identify all rural route addresses that do not get mail — sites where the postal box is not directly adjacent to the property. These can be abandoned buildings or just locations where people or companies have chosen to utilize a P.O. Box rather than delivery.
USPS and No-Stat Addresses
Depending on the circumstances, the United States Postal Service can accept or reject delivery to a no-stat address.
In small towns, postal workers may rely on their understanding of the people and addresses in their region, in which case the mail may be effectively delivered in the case of a no-stat address. In contrast, in major cities, USPS employees are likely to rely on electronic mail scanning, which flags inactive addresses as undeliverable and returns the letter to the sender.
No-stat addresses are sometimes late to update in the directory of the United States Postal Service. If this is the case, USPS learns the hard way that the address they just went to is, in fact, no-stat.
It usually takes at least two months or more for the USPS to update an address’s no-status or inactive status. First, a postal worker sees that a modification is required when they get to the location only to find out it’s no-stat. The first step is usually the most time-consuming.
After that, the worker must put the new information to use by sending an update to the regional Address Management System (AMS) office. The regional AMS offices submit their updates to the national AMS office to update their databases.
Lastly, in the second week of each month, the national office begins compiling the data package that will be made accessible to USPS in the final few days of the month. The updated data is then loaded into its systems by the beginning of the following month. And that’s when the USPS updates their data with the recent developments.
Changing the Status of a Non-Stat Address
If you’re sure that an address is wrongfully listed as non-stat, you can request USPS to update their databases. What you need to do here is to call the relevant AMS office and update them regarding the recent developments.
You can find an AMS office easily through the AMS Locator by entering the 5-digit zip code. Once you’ve entered the zip code of the said area, all you need to do is press ‘Locate,’ and you’ll find the AMS office nearest to you.