Going on a vacation requires more than just making transportation and accommodation reservations or packing for the upcoming trip. The last thing you need to worry about during your time off is whether your mail is safe or not. Putting your mail on hold with the United States Postal Service ensures all of the mail addressed to you is securely held at your local post office until you have returned. You can put a hold on your mail either online or in person.
Online Mail Hold Request
Notify the post office to hold your mail using the USPS website (see Resources). Enter your zip code in the box provided to see if your area offers this online service.
Fill in the required details as directed. The information needed includes your name, address, date to stop mail delivery and date to resume delivery. Click on the “Continue” button.
Verify your address. Select “Edit Information” to change the details provided or “Continue” to move on to the next step.
Choose the “Begin Date” and then a “Resume Date” using the drop-down arrow. Pick either “Post Office delivers accumulated mail” or “I will pick up accumulated mail.” This means you can have all of your held mail delivered on the date you decide to resume or you can go to the post office to pick it up.
Add any special instructions or details you want to make the post office aware of in the box provided and click “Continue.” Check to make sure all of the details are correct.
Select “No” to make changes or “Yes” to finish the mail hold request. Make note of the confirmation number provided to ensure the process is complete and to allow you to make changes to the order if needed.
In-Person Mail Hold Requests
Go to your local post office to place your mail on a vacation hold. Ask the mail clerk for a PS Form 8076 or simply explain to them that you need to place a hold on your mail.
Fill in the required information on the form. Submit the form to the mail clerk to stop your mail delivery during your vacation.
Contact your local mail carrier before you leave to be sure he has received the hold order. You can also request the mail hold form from your mail carrier and return it to them, instead of going to the post office.
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