Easy To Hold Mail While Vacationing

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: http://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.

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– 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.

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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.

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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: http://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.

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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 http://www.usps.com.

USPS Provides Online Link To Hold Mail

My friend, Pat, is a mail carrier in Key West. She tells me that for the first time ever, her local Post Office is downsizing. Because so many people are receiving and paying their bills online these days, the sheer quantity of snail mail is dwindling. Nevertheless, when we travel, there is still the question of what to do about our mail. With identity theft becoming more prevalent, it is no longer advisable to leave your mail in the box until you return.

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For the same reason, asking a good-hearted neighbor to pick up your mail is no longer an option. No matter how responsible your neighbor, the signs of an empty house or apartment could allow access to what lands in your mailbox…bank statements, credit card bills, etc.

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Today I learned of a new online service being provided by the U.S.Postal Service. Now you can notify the Post Office to hold mail when traveling in two minutes flat without even leaving your house. They’ll hold your mail from three to 30 days, and then resume normal delivery on the date you specify. Just click on the following link and you can quickly fill out the form online: USPS Mail Hold. If your area isn’t served online simply call 1 800 ASK USPS (1 800 275 8777) and a representative can assist you.

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Many thanks to Ruben Concepcion of Keys Financial in Key West for this valuable tip. Ruben is one of the best mortgage brokers I have ever met and his monthly newsletter is chock full of many useful and interesting articles.

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