What Does USPS “Awaiting Delivery Scan” Mean?

The amount of mail delivered by the USPS is surprisingly increasing with each passing year. In 2020, a study showed that the number of shipped parcels recorded was 131 billion. By 2026, it is expected that around 386 billion parcels will be shipped.

Customers come across various updates when tracking their packages. The USPS awaiting delivery scan is one that can be quite frustrating, particularly when the tracking status is stuck there.

But what does it imply? And how do you go about it?

Read on to learn more.

What does the USPS awaiting delivery scan mean?

If you’re awaiting your package and you come across the USPS awaiting delivery scan message, it means your package is near you. To further clarify, it implies that your package has been scanned at the facility and is now out for delivery.

The USPS system is simply awaiting the final scan, which ought to be done when the courier delivers the package to you. If all goes as planned, after the package is delivered, the status should change to “delivered’.

Why is your USP package stuck on “awaiting delivery scan”?

If your package was not delivered or remains stuck on awaiting delivery scan after 24 of receiving this message, then a problem may have occurred.

Below are some of the possible things that might have happened.

1. The package was delivered but not scanned

In most cases, due to the large number of packages delivered, drivers may deliver and forget to scan the package at the point of delivery. Even if the package has been delivered, it has not entered the USPS system and will remain so till it is rectified.

If this is the case, then there’s no cause for alarm. Once the driver finishes running his or her route, they will notice in the system that the delivery hasn’t been marked and will be fixed.

2. Package mislaid in truck

It could also be that your package was mislaid in the truck and was unnoticed. If the driver does not carry out the delivery, the update remains.

The awaiting delivery scan update will stay until the driver notices the package or checks to see the undelivered item. Afterward, he will attempt to redo the delivery if possible, or the package will be passed on to the next driver running that route.

3. The driver hasn’t reached your address yet

Most time, due to the volume of deliveries, it is normal for some packages not to be completed that day. When situations like dis occur, it could be delivered a little later than the estimated time.

4. Your package was placed on the wrong truck

Although it is quite rare, it is possible that packages can be placed in the wrong trucks that run a different route. When this happens, the awaiting delivery scan status will remain till the package is reallocated to a driver running your route and delivered.

What do you do if your package remains stuck on “awaiting delivery scan”?

If your package remains stuck on awaiting delivery scan, there are quite a few things you can do. I recommend first and foremost, contacting or visiting the local facility near you.

Ensure you have your tracking number ready to present to them if asked. Provide them with an explanation of what happened, they should give you detailed information regarding the delay of your package.

Additionally, you can choose to contact USPS customer support at 1-800-275-8777. You can also contact the USPS tracking team at 1-800-222-1811 for inquiries as well.

Emailing the USPS can also prove to be effective, however, it may take too long before you get a response.


Can USPS deliver a package without scanning?

Yes, a package can be delivered without it being scanned.

However, the update of the delivery will remain on “out for delivery” or “awaiting a delivery scan.”

Does awaiting delivery scan mean your package is lost?

No, it doesn’t. It simply means the USPS system is awaiting your package to be scanned on delivery by the driver. 

How long after the awaiting delivery scan till you receive your package?

In most cases, you should receive your package in less than 24 hours. However, if there are any complications along the line, you should receive a status update on your package.


The USPS quality control department tries as much as possible to make deliveries stress-free. But mistakes are bound to happen, what matters is how effectively they are addressed.

When packages are not scanned on delivery, it could imply one of a few things mentioned earlier. However, the status is updated as soon as the mistake is corrected.

If you find yourself in this situation and it’s taking too long, do well to contact USPS customer service or visit a nearby facility. A representative from USPS will ensure your package is located and delivered as soon as possible.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you did, you should also see what USPS “out for delivery” means and what happens next.

Thanks for reading.