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Whether you have your mail delivered to your door, to a freestanding mailbox or to an apartment complex mailroom box, it’s important for security reasons to stop mail delivery when you go on vacations. Mail not being picked up is something thieves notice. In the case of apartment mailboxes, they may be too small to hold all the mail that arrives while you’re gone. It’s easy to stop mail delivery for your vacation period by visiting the United States Postal Service website…it takes just a few minutes to accomplish and it’s free!
Go to the website http://www.usps.com. That’s the official site of the United States Postal Service.
On the right side of the page, there are options under “Products & Services.” Use the drop down menu for “Receiving Mail” and click on “Put your mail on hold.”
Here, the USPS will give you information on the Hold Mail Service, which will stop mail delivery for vacations and unexpected absences. Among other things, they note that they will notify your local post office electronically to hold your mail, mail can be held from 3 to 30 days, and same day service requests must be made by 2am Central time for same day service. If you have any other questions about this service you can click on the button to read the Hold Mail FAQs.
To enter your Hold Mail Request, enter your zip code in the “Create a Request” box and click “Go.”
Here you can fill out your customer information, which is your name, mailing address and phone number. There is also the Privacy Act Statement for you to read and agree to before you click “continue” with your request to stop mail delivery.
Next you will be asked to verify your information against the standardized mailing address the post office has for you on file. You can either edit your information here or continue.
Next, you will select the date you want to stop mail delivery, which will most likely be the first day of your vacation, and choose a “resume mail delivery” date, most likely the day you return or the first day after your return. You can also specify whether you would like the post office to deliver your accumulated mail to you or whether you will pick up your mail at the post office. There is also a box where you can enter any additional instructions. usps redelivery
When you hit continue, you will see a recap of your stop mail delivery and resume mail delivery dates and any instructions you gave, and are asked if these are correct. If you need to make any changes, click No and you’ll be able to edit your information. If you’re ready to confirm your hold mail request, click Yes.
When you’re finished with your Hold Mail Request, you will get a confirmation notice complete with all your information. Print this out and if you chose to pick up your mail at the post office, take it with you to make it easier for the clerk to retrieve your accumulated mail. usps priority mail
That’s all there is to it! This is a great service offered free of charge by the post office, so there’s no reason not to take advantage of it to stop mail delivery for vacations or other unexpected absences. And if you forget to do it before you leave, you can still put a hold on your mail delivery from anywhere you might be, at any time of day or night, using the USPS website.
If you are going away on a business trip or vacation for 3 or more days, you might want to notify the Post Office to put your mail on hold. Here is How To Put Your Mail On Hold With The Post Office Online!
Things You’ll Need
USPS Authorization To Hold Mail Form
The USPS allows you to put your mail on hold for a minimum of 3 days up to a maximum of 30 days. You can put your personal home mail on hold, or hold mail for a business address also.
The easiest way to put your mail on hold is to go online to the United States Postal Service website, http://www.usps.com. On the main page of the website, there is a section that says RECEIVING MAIL. On the drop down list here, there is a choice that says PUT MAIL ON HOLD. Click on this link and you will be taken to the Hold Mail page. There is a box that says “Please Enter Your 5-digit Zip Code:”. Put in your zip code and click on “Go”, to get started.
The next page asks you to fill in your CUSTOMER INFORMATION. This information includes your FIRST NAME, MIDDLE INITIAL, LAST NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER. Click on CONTINUE, verify your information, and click CONTINUE again.
The next page asks you to put in your BEGIN and RESUME dates. It also lets you specify whether you want the Post Office to deliver your accumulated mail on a specific date, or hold it for you to pick it up at your local Post Office. Click on CONTINUE, verify that the displayed summary of your request is correct, and click YES if it is correct. usps hold mail
Your Confirmation page will be displayed, which you can then print out. It contains a confirmation number for you to use in case you need to modify your Hold Mail order or cancel it. usps change of address
While putting your mail on hold with the Post Office online is the easiest way to do it, you can also have your mail held by going to your local Post Office. Ask a postal window clerk for a PS Form 8076, Authorization To Hold Mail. Fill out the required information, sign it, and give it back to the Clerk. You can also fill out the form and drop it in the mail. The card is postage paid and doesn’t cost you anything to mail it.