How to Stop USPS Mail Delivery

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USPS Hold Mail Service Lets You Stop Mail for between 3 and 30 days

USPS Hold Mail Service allows your local Post Office to stop mail delivery if you’re out of town or otherwise need to suspend home delivery for at least three days and for a maximum of 30 days. If you’re concerned about letters piling up in your home mailbox or shared mailroom in your absence, Hold Mail is a great option to consider.

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How Does USPS Hold Mail Work?

  1. First, check to ensure Hold Mail is available to you.

    On the USPS website, fill out your information on the online form to learn if you can use this service.

    (Note: Hold Mail holds mail per address, not per individual, so be sure your family or housemates agree to the service.) You may also call 1-800-ASK-USPS, or visit your local Post Office.

  2. Next, choose your dates.

    How long do you need your mail held by USPS? Be aware that Hold Mail isn’t intended for changes in residence, or for periods longer than 30 days. For longer-term temporary delivery, such as for a summer home or for a college student living at school, you’ll want to look into USPS Forward Mail Service or USPS Premium Forwarding Service. If you’re permanently changing your residence, fill out a Change of Address form.

  3. Decide how you’ll get your mail once your Hold Mail Service ends.

    Either pick up your held items directly from your local Post Office, or request that your postal carrier deliver the accumulated mail to your home after your Hold Mail end date. (Don’t forget your photo ID if you choose to pick up your mail at the Post Office, you’ll need to present it in order to have your held mail turned over to you.)

  4. Delivery returns to its original schedule the day after your End Hold Date.

    For example, if your End Hold date was October 4, regular operations will resume on October 5.

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