How to Restart Mail Service

By Mary Jane Freeman
Postal worker delivering mail.

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If you asked the U.S. Postal Service to hold your mail because you were going out of town, delivery of your mail would restart on the end date of your hold request. This happens automatically, meaning no additional action is needed on your part. For example, if you asked the USPS to hold your mail for 15 days starting June 1st, your mail delivery would automatically resume on your end date -- June 16th -- with the delivery of both new mail and the mail accumulated during the hold period.

Restarting Service Early

The USPS allows customers to schedule a hold of their mail up to 30 days in advance. The post office holds mail for a period of three to 30 consecutive days. You can make hold requests online, at your local post office or by phone by calling 1-800-275-8777. If you need to modify or cancel your hold request, you must do so using the same method you used to submit your hold request. You can also stop the hold service by simply going to the post office and picking up your mail. When you do this, it automatically cancels the hold and delivery resumes the next postal business day.

About the Author

Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.

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