How to Hold the Mail: A Quick Tip

Disclosure: Links to products may be affiliate which means I get commissions for purchases. Sponsored posts will always be clearly disclosed as such. Privacy Policy

girl.jpgHeather says:

Mr. Heather and I are going to be taking a short trip in the near future.  Rather than pester our neighbors, I thought I would see how difficult it was to place a hold on the mail.  I remember my mother having to head down to the post office, stand in line, and fill out a form.

A quick Google search revealed the form is online and can be used to stop mail as soon as the next business day. Mail can be held for 3 – 30 days.  How nifty is that?  This service may not be available in all areas.  I was pretty excited to complete this chore in under a minute.

Sharing is caring!

16 thoughts on “How to Hold the Mail: A Quick Tip”

  1. Did not work for me at all. Turned in the yellow card in person three days before going on vacation. Mail was delivered while the hold was effective. This is scary and dangerous. The whole idea of the hold is to keep burglars away and the USPS incompetence is defeating that purpose.

    Reply
  2. We did it in person at our local post office. When we returned we had tons of mail at home, including our income tax return. The post office managed to hold a small handful of mostly junk mail (probably one day’s worth of mail). I even spoke directly with the carrier when he dropped off mail the first day of the hold and told him we had a mail hold.

    We’ll never try that again.

    Reply
  3. Thank you! I have been procrastinating on this for weeks and finally was able to check it off my list with your easy link.

    Funny, but I am still a little nervous that they will forever stop delivering our mail. Oh, me of little faith. 🙂

    p.s. I found you through Like Merchant Ships

    Reply
  4. Thank you! I have been procrastinating on this for weeks and finally was able to check it off my list with your easy link.

    Funny, but I am still a little nervous that they will forever stop delivering our mail. Oh, me of little faith. 🙂

    Reply
  5. Thank you for posting this! I actually went and filled out the form for our vacation next week before I read the comments – and now I hope it works! I’m not worried – we probably wouldn’t have anyone pick up our mail while we are gone anyway, but it would be awesome if this works well!

    Reply
  6. The last time we mail hold, it didn’t work–and I gave the form to a postal worker in the office. I suggest that you hold the mail a few days before you leave so you can see if it’s going to work. And then pick up your mail from the office.

    My parents live in a smaller city and they’ve never had any problems. I wonder if it has to do with how well managed a particular post office is…All I know is that not having mail holds work is very stressful to us b/c we don’t know our neighbors. I hope your warnings are needless!

    Reply
  7. I’ve attempted to use this service twice, and it didn’t work at all either time. I stopped at the post office to pick it up on my way home, they had nothing for me, and I came home and found my neighbors took pity and collected it because it was piling up on my porch. I had confirmation numbers and everything. The people at the post office told me to just come in and fill out the form in the future.

    Reply
  8. I’ve used USPS’s online mail hold and address change almost since they introduced it a few years ago. Used it many times and have never had a problem with it. I’ve submitted mail hold requests anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 days prior (USPS’s online form won’t let you submit requests more than 14 days in advance). it’s convenient and saves me from having to remember to make a trip to the post office.

    @Leslie – you can choose to either have your mail delivered at the end of the mail hold or go pick it up at the post office. If you’re gone a while and get a bunch of mail in the meantime and have it delivered, your held mail may end up showing up over a period of 2-3 days (depending on how much fits in your mailbox).

    Reply
  9. Please test this out once or twice long before your trip. This has never worked flawlessly for me. I used to use the yellow mail-in form, and if I sent it in too soon, they would forget to hold my mail. A relative who used to be a postmaster told me to send it in only a week ahead. However, If I sent it a week ahead, they would not have enough time, and so I would have a little mail waiting, and the rest held. In another city, I’ve been using the online service, and this has worked horribly for me. It might be just where I live. No matter when I submit it (and confirm) I end up with some mail (I’m guessing a day or two) and it almost always takes them DAYS after my resume date to get all my held mail. I usually go pick it up and sure enough there it is days later still in a rubber band somewhere in the back of the PO. This is because in my area they put the “hold mail” in a different PO building than my main one. So I guess they take longer to get to it. Also, I have started to call to ask if the PO got my “hold mail” dates, and have very politely explained that my mail hasn’t been held properly. They are offended because as nicely as I say it, it is not nice for them to hear. So they are mad. So now I only call to confirm. As back up, I ask my neighbors to take in any mail they see hanging out of the mailbox. OK, now what do you do about the flyers left on your door while you are away? How can I stop those? Can they be stopped? I am putting up a no solicitors sign, but those flyers are a doozy.

    Reply
  10. Awe, I wish I had known this a few short weeks ago. I will file this away in my memory for next time. I wonder if they will bring you your mail when you get back or if you have to go get it. :o)

    Reply

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.