It’s Easy to “Hold” Your Mail


July 01, 2010 


Release No.  10-090 


Are you going on vacation and need to put your mail on “hold?” The Postal Service has made it a simple task by following one of these two procedures:

A Hold Mail request is not necessary for a PO Box, as mail will be allowed to accumulate for up to 30 days.

An alternative to having your mail held is to use the Postal Service’s Premium Forwarding Service. For a set fee of $13.95 per week all mail is shipped via Priority Mail to your temporary address. A one time enrollment fee of $15 is charged for this service.

When completing an online Hold Mail request, a confirmation page will be displayed with a confirmation number to verify your request has been accepted. Make sure you print out this page or copy down your confirmation number for future reference.

Online Hold Mail requests submitted before 2:00 a.m. Central Time can begin on the same Postal business day (Monday through Saturday). Requests made in person or by calling the 1-800 number must be submitted one business day in advance. You may submit a Hold Mail request up to 14 days in advance. Only one hold is permitted at a time.

Hold Mail requests must be made for a minimum duration of 3 days. The maximum duration is 30 days. All mail regardless of name will be held for the address entered. Submitting a Hold Mail request once is all that is required to hold mail delivery for everyone at the address. When our mail is placed on hold, your Post Office will hold all packages as well.

The “End Date” of your Hold Mail request is the date mail will be delivered. Your letter carrier will deliver your mail on this date. If you want to resume delivery of your held mail earlier than the requested “End Date,” you will need your confirmation number.

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