Attempted Not Known (ANK): Delivery attempted, addressee not known at place of address

Attempted Not Known (ANK)

The return code Attempted Not Known (ANK) indicates that a delivery was attempted, but the recipient didn't match the one currently at the address.

This may occur if the individual moved and did not submit a change of address, the change of address has expired or if the address has missing or incorrect primary or secondary address details.

Mail can be returned by the USPS and marked with returned mail codes if it is missing NCOA forwarding information or has inaccurate or missing primary or secondary address information. This is why it is important to validate addresses before mailing.

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Missing forwarding information

When someone moves they can submit forwarding information via a change of address form to the USPS. If the resident never submitted this information, the mail will likely be returned. TrueNCOA verifies that addresses are valid and deliverable and provides any 18 and 48 month address updates.

Missing secondary information

Another common reason for returned mail is missing or invalid secondary information such as apartment or suite number. TrueNCOA returns status codes from the validation process to help you determine why primary or secondary address information was considered invalid. We provide full definitions of these status codes in our data dictionary.

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