How to Stop Mail for a Deceased Person

By Juan Ramirez - Updated June 05, 2017
Letters On Tabletop

Continuing to receive mail for a recently deceased friend or relative can be a painful and frustrating experience. The United States Post Office continues to deliver mail for deceased people until such time that they are officially notified that delivery should cease. Unfortunately, this requires visiting a branch of the post office with legal death certifications, which can be an unpleasant experience for those who have only recently begun to grieve. Further official steps will have to be taken to notify businesses that you no longer wish to receive their junk mail.

Visit the most local branch of the United States Post Office with a copy of the death certificate and a legal notification of death from an executor. Inform one of the postal workers there that you wish to permanently stop the delivery of any and all mail addressed to the deceased.

If the deceased individual did not live with you, you may request to have all of the deceased person's mail forwarded to relative or an executor with a "Change Of Address" form.

Go to the "Deceased Do Not Contact" registration page of the Direct Marketing Association website. The web address for this page is www.ims-dm.com/cgi/ddnc.php.

Enter the name, address, phone numbers and email address of the deceased, as well as the month and year of their death and their age at the time of death. You'll also need to enter your name and email as well as your relation to the deceased.

Enter the case sensitive characters underneath the information fields you filled out in order to verify that you're using the site as an individual and not an automated program.

Click the "Submit" button.

Answer any phone calls from businesses and organizations in the immediate period following registration. Inform each caller that the individual has deceased, that they are officially registered on the "Do Not Contact List," and that you would like to have the person's name removed from the database immediately.

About the Author

Juan Ramirez has been a writer for over 14 years and worked for two years as an assistant editor with an internationally circulated journal. Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from Potsdam State University and a Master of Arts in individualized study from New York University.

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