How To Stop Your Mail For Vacations

Before leaving for vacation, you may wish to stop the delivery of your mail from the United States Postal Service. Mail which piles up while you are away may provide a clue to potential burglars that you are not at home. If you leave mail in an external mailbox, you run the risk of mail theft and possibly even identity theft. Fortunately, the United States Postal Service has made it easy to stop mail delivery from three to 30 days. You can use a simple online form, fill out a form at the Post Office or call an 800 number.

How to Stop Your Mail For Vacation Using An Online Form
Visit the United States Postal Service Hold Mail Service online (See Resources).

Enter your five-digit zip code, and click on “Make a Request.” If your local post office allows online hold mail requests, then you can use the Hold Mail online request form.

Fill out your name, address, and phone number on the United States Postal Service Hold Mail online request form.

Specify a beginning and end date for your hold mail request, and choose whether to have your mail delivered at the end of your vacation, or whether to pick it up yourself from your local post office.

Submit your request. Be sure to write down your confirmation number, which you will need to make any changes to your mail hold dates.

How to Stop Your Mail For Vacation Using A Paper Form or the Phone
Try using the online method of stopping your mail, as it is faster and more efficient for the postal service. If your local post office does not allow you to use the online form, then you can submit your hold mail request either using a paper form or over the phone.

Fill out and submit a PS Form 8076, Authorization to Hold Mail, to your local post office. You can download and print the PS Form 8076 online (see Resources).

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How To Hold Mail With USPS

If you’re going to be away from home for a vacation or other trip, it’s important that you alert the post office so your mail doesn’t pile up in your mailbox. If you’re going to be gone more than three days, you should sign up for the service. An online form is available for most ZIP Codes, but the form can also be submitted in person at the post office. All mail for the address is held; it’s not based on the individual name on the mail.

Things You’ll Need
USPS Hold Mail Form
Schedule the service up to 30 days before you leave or, if completing the online form, by 2 a.m. on the starting date.

Complete the written hold form at the post office. Supply your address, departure date and date of return. Indicate how you want to receive your accumulated mail — by picking it up at the post office or by carrier delivery.

Complete the online form at the post office website, usps.com. Supply your name, address, phone number and email address, and then verify that the online form is accepted for your area. Indicate how you want to receive your mail after your return and submit the form. Keep the confirmation number.

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