PS Form 3971 Revision Rescinded: Request for or Notification of Absence

The article “PS Form 3971 Revision: Notification of Absence,” published in Postal Bulletin 22482 (12-7-17, page 48), announced a revision to PS Form 3971, Request for or Notification of Absence, with an edition date of October 2017 — however, that revision has been rescinded, and the Postal Service™ has released a revision of PS Form 3971 with an edition date of July 2021.

Use only the July 2021 edition of PS Form 3971. All previous editions of PS Form 3971 are obsolete and must be recycled.

The July 2021 edition of PS Form 3971 is now available from the Material Distribution Center (MDC) in Topeka, KS. You can order the revised PS Form 3971 through the MDC eBuy+ catalog.

Note: Some military sites without eBuy+ access can place orders by contacting their Joint Military Postal Activity (JMPA).

Use the following information to order PS Form 3971:

PSIN: PS 3971

PSN: 7530-02-000-9136

Unit of Issue: PD (Each pad has 100 forms)

Minimum Order Quantity: 5 pads

Quick Pick Number: 227

Price*: $0.6699/pad

Edition Date: 7/21

* Price is current as of this date but is subject to change.

The July 2021 edition of PS Form 3971 is now available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website:

n Go to

n In the left-hand column, click Essential Links, and then click PolicyNet.

n Go to the right-hand side under “Published Forms and Directives,” click Forms, and then click on the range 3000–3999.

n Scroll down to the form entry and click the PDF icon.

The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet website is

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