You can request that the United States Postal Service (USPS) put your mail on hold if you need to temporarily suspend mail delivery due to vacation, business travel, hospital stays or other absences from your residence. When you have the post office hold your mail, it is kept safe and no one will need to retrieve it from your mailbox while you are away. Different methods are available through the post office for you to submit your request to hold mail.
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.