Saturday, October 15, 2016

How To Put An Mail On Hold

Headed out of town? We can hold your mail safely at your

local Post Office™ until you return. Sign up for Hold

Mail Service in two simple steps.

Schedule Hold Mail Service. You can notify us up to 30

days in advance or as early as the next scheduled

delivery day. Request your start date by 3 AM ET (2 AM

CT or 12 AM PT) on your requested day, Monday—Saturday.

(NOTE: For hold times greater than 30 days, please sign

up for a USPS Forward Mail Service).

A request to Hold Mail can be submitted in three ways:
• By filing online at: Hold Mail at you

will need to do the following steps: You
will need to enter your name, address, phone number,

email address and click “Check
Availability” to see if a Hold Mail is available through

the online system. If it is not available,
you will need to submit a hold request using one of the

other options provided:
• Submitting a completed PS Form 8076, Authorization to

Hold Mail at your local Post Office
• Contacting 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) where a

representative can assist you.
Note: A Hold Mail request is not necessary for a PO Box,

as mail will be allowed to accumulate for up
to 30 days.
Confirmation number:
When completing an online Hold Mail request, a

confirmation page will be displayed with a
confirmation number to verify your request has been

How far in advance do I need to submit my Hold Mail

Online Hold Mail requests submitted before 2:00 A.M.

Central Time can begin on the same Postal
business day. Postal business days are Monday through

Saturday. Requests made in person at your
local Post Office™ or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-

275-8777) must be submitted one business
day in advance. You may submit a Hold Mail request up to

30 days in advance.
What are the minimum / maximum lengths of time the Post

Office™ will hold my mail?
Hold Mail requests must be for a minimum duration of 3

days. The maximum duration for Hold Mail
requests is 30 days. If you need mail held longer than

30 days, please contact your local Post
Do I need to submit multiple Hold Mail requests if there

is more than one person at the same
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 my mail is being held, are packages held too?
Yes. When your mail is placed on hold, your Post Office™

will hold all packages as well.
Cost of the Hold Mail service
Currently this service is available at no charge.


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