How Do I Get the USPS Post Office to Hold My Mail?

Do you have a busy schedule, and you won’t be home for three to thirty days? That means you will not be available to receive any mails. So, the best thing to do is to ask USPS to hold your letters till your return date.

If you are a new member or you haven’t used this service before. Don’t worry as today you will get more information on how you can request your post office to hold your mail.

Can I Put My USPS Mail on Hold Online?

Currently, many people prefer doing such processes online in the comfort of their homes. They don’t need to go to post offices to get things done. That means you can put your mails on hold online.

USPS Hold Mail Service

Request Hold Mail

To process this request online, you must go to USPS Hold Mail Service. It is the first step to getting started with this process. If you don’t have a USPS account, you need to create one. Also, to submit this request, you must send it before 2:00 A.M CAT on a postal business day, which is from Monday to Saturday.

How Much Does It Cost to Hold Mail at the Post Office?

You are used to paying for services when using USPS. But do they charge for mail holding? To narrow it down when you are at the post office, should you pay for this service? If it is your first time requesting mail holding. You will prepare some cash for holding your mail.

According to USPS, mail holding is free. Even if you are going for a month, you can still request for the service as you will not pay a penny; however, if you will be away for more than a month. You should register for USPS Forward Mail Service.

How Do I Stop USPS Mail Holding?

Do you want to cancel USPS mail holding request? You can stop this service if you wish to receive your mails as usual. What you require is a confirmation number to stop the hold mail request. You can call the USPS customer care or click on the confirmation link sent to your email address.

Furthermore, if you don’t have the confirmation number, you can go to your nearest post office accompanied by your identification documents. You can also call the local post office or any USPS Liteblue Employee for help.

How Long Will the Post Office Hold Mail for?

When you request for mail holding, your post office will hold all your mails for thirty days. That includes weekends. Once the time is over, they will deliver all your letters. The least number of days that the post office can hold your mails is three days.

Does USPS Deliver Held Mail on End Date?

When you held your mails when the end date reaches all your mails will be delivered to you. They don’t distribute the mails by themselves, but you can personally pick them, or your letter carrier can bring the mails at your doorstep.

What you need to remember is that you must carry your identification forms such as US government ID, passport, US university identification, corporate identification, Nexus, or Matricula consular. Once you pick the mails, standard mail delivery will resume the next day.

However, if your mail delivery company picks held mails, they will only take letters that can fit your mail holder.

NB: You have ten days to pick all your mails once the period of mail holding elapses. If you don’t pick the letters, they will be resent back to the sender. If you have any issues, please contact USPS for assistance.

Delay or Hold your Mail at Post Office

How Can I Hold My Mail Longer than 30 Days?

If your business trip or vacation will be over thirty days, then regular mail holding service will not be the best for you. In that case, you should register for USPS forward mail service. It is the best way to ensure that your mail is held until the day you return.

Can you Extend USPS Hold Mail?

Yes, if you want to extend USPS hold mail request. What you need is to go to the local post office near you and to identify yourself. It only comes into effect if you don’t have a confirmation number. Another option when you don’t have the confirmation number is to call the local post office for assistance. Also, when you don’t have the confirmation number, you can extend the USPS hold mail request to the day you want.


When it comes to mail holding, many USPS members always have issues. However, with this guide, I am sure that all your questions are answered. If you have any questions concerning mail holding, you can send us a message and will get back to you.

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