How To Put Your Mail On Hold When You Are Away

Decide when and for how long you want the post office to hold your mail.
The US post office will only hold mail for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 30 days.
You must assign a starting and ending date to have mail held. Your mail carrier will not deliver mail on the starting date. Mail delivery will resume on the ending date.
Determine when to submit your hold mail request. You may not submit a request to hold mail more than 14 days in advance. If you submit your request over the phone or in person, the soonest date the request can take effect is 1 day in advance. Online requests submitted before 2 a.m. CST will take effect the same day.

Choose a method for requesting the USPS to hold your mail. You can submit your request to hold mail online, in person, or over the phone.

Submit your request online.
Go to the USPS website and select the option “Hold Mail” under the menu “Manage Your Mail.”
Enter your zip code into the designated field and click “Go.” Not all areas of the country have hold mail submission forms available online. If your area has access to the online form, the hold mail form webpage will load.
Fill in the empty fields with your personal information. You will need to provide your name, address, the beginning and ending dates for when you want the post office to hold your mail, and you will need to choose a method for receiving the accumulated mail.
Choose to have your carrier deliver the accumulated mail at the ending date if you do not want to pick up your mail from the post office.
Check the box to pick up mail at the post office if you want to get your mail in person.
Submit the completed form.
Print out the confirmation page for your records. Note your confirmation number as you will need to enter it if you want to edit or cancel your hold mail request online or over the phone.

Make your hold mail request over the phone.
Call the USPS customer service number Monday through Saturday.
Provide your personal information, start and end date you want the post office to hold mail, and your preferred method for receiving the accumulated mail at the end date.
Record your confirmation number, and place it in a safe place in case you wish to change or cancel your request to hold your mail.

Complete a hold mail request in person.
Go to your local post office during business hours.
Fill out PS Form 8076.
Submit the completed form to the clerk at the front desk. Keep the confirmation number for your hold mail request.

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