Carrier Pickup

This service allows customers to schedule a free pickup of certain prepaid packages such as Express Mail, Priority Mail, Merchandise Return Service, and Parcel Return Service at the same time their mail is delivered. When combined with services available on, Carrier Pickup lets customers purchase and use most postal services without ever leaving their home or office. Customers can shop online for the right shipping service by comparing features and prices, pay for postage, print out a label, and submit a free pickup request. With the addition this year of new ZIP Codes served, free Carrier Pickup is now available to virtually all U.S. addresses. This convenient service continues to grow, with 6.5 percent more packages picked up this year.

carrier delivering mail in the snow

The Postal Service also offers Pickup On Demand service in which the customer’s prepaid packages are scheduled for pickup at particular time, for a fee, in contrast to Carrier Pickup, where outgoing mail and packages are picked up at the same time that mail is delivered. New this year is a no-fee Pickup On Demand service for customers who have an agreement and, on a recurring basis, have at least seven qualifying parcels for pickup.