If you are planning to be away from your mailing address for an extended period of time, whether it's for a vacation, temporary job or to help friends or family in another city or state, you don't want your mail to pile up. You also want to make sure important pieces of mail are left unopened while you are away. You can solve this problem by forwarding your mail through USPS. How do you set up mail forwarding with USPS? You can get information and assistance from USPS customer support here, and below are steps you can take to forward your mail.
The United States Postal Service offers three kinds of mail forwarding for customers: temporary change of address, permanent change of address and premium forwarding service.
If you are just going to be away from your home temporarily, you can have your mail forwarded to you during the duration of your time away. To set up temporary mail forwarding with USPS follow these steps:
For a permanent change of address and mail forwarding, you would follow the same steps as a temporary change for most of the steps. The only difference would be instead of choosing "temporary" you would choose "permanent." Also, you would only enter a start date to forward your mail, not an end date.
You can also fill out a form at your local post office to have your mail temporarily or permanently forwarded to a new address. Simply complete a change of address card at the local post office, or place it in your mailbox to enroll in mail forwarding.
With premium forward service through USPS, you can pay a one-time enrollment fee and have your mail and packages temporarily forwarded to a new address. You can enroll in premium forward service online or at your local post office.
Ensuring that your mail is delivered to you is important. USPS provides individuals and businesses options to forward mail temporarily or permanently depending on the situation. For more information or assistance, contact USPS here.
After thousands of US Postal Service customers came to GetHuman in search of an answer to this problem (and many others), we decided it was time to publish instructions. So we put together How Do I Setup Mail Forwarding with Usps? to try to help. It takes time to get through these steps according to other users, including time spent working through each step and contacting US Postal Service if necessary. Best of luck and please let us know if you successfully resolve your issue with guidance from this page.
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