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Postal Pointers: It is easy to ‘hold’ mail when vacationing

July 18, 2012
By DEBRA MITCHELL , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Are you going on vacation and need to put your mail on "hold?" It's a simple task by following one of these three procedures:

- File online at: www.usps.com (select manage your mail in the top blue bar, then select Hold Mail)

- Submit a completed PS Form 8076 Authorization to Hold Mail, at your local post office facility.

- Contact 1-800-ASK-USPS where a representative can assist you.

A Hold Mail request is not necessary for a PO Box, as mail will be allowed to accumulate for up to 30 days.

When completing an online Hold Mail request, a confirmation page will be displayed with a confirmation number to verify your request has been accepted.

Make sure you print out this page or copy down your confirmation number for future reference.

Online Hold Mail requests submitted before 2 a.m. Central Time can begin on the same postal business day, Monday through Saturday.

Requests made in person or by calling the 1-800 number must be submitted one business day in advance. You may submit a Hold Mail request up to 30 days in advance. Only one hold is permitted at a time.

Hold Mail requests must be made for a minimum duration of 3 days. The maximum duration is 30 days. All mail regardless of name will be held for the address entered.

Submitting a Hold Mail request once is all that is required to hold mail delivery for everyone at the address. When your mail is placed on hold, the Post Office will hold all packages as well.

The "End Date" of your Hold Mail request is the date mail will be delivered by your letter carrier.

Going to be away for more than 30 days? Or do you want to have your mail sent to you while on vacation? Sign up for Premium Forwarding Service at: www.usps.com or in person at your local post office.

Your mail, including bulk business mail - so you won't miss out on those valuable coupons or magazines - will be sent to you weekly in a Priority Mail shipment. A fee of $15.25 is charged for this service.

To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638.

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit www.usps.com.

Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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