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You can change your address online. Usually, you will receive mail at your new address 7 to 10 Postal business days after you request your Change of Address (COA). We recommend filling out a COA request 2 weeks to 3 months before you move.

Change Your Address

Need to change your address for a short time? Whether you’re making a long-term move or just using your new address for a few months, your mail can follow you.

We recommend filling out your forwarding request at least 2 weeks in advance. You should receive mail at the forwarding address 7 to 10 Postal business days after you submit your request.

Forward Mail

If you do not want to forward your mail, or you will be gone for less than 15 days, USPS will hold your mail so it doesn't pile up at your mailbox.

Hold Mail

If you weren't home when we tried to deliver your package, you can use the tracking barcode number on the paper slip your carrier left to schedule a redelivery.

Schedule a Redelivery

Locating Your Package

Sometimes packages are delayed or rerouted because of unusual circumstances. Enter your package’s tracking number on the USPS Tracking® page to check its current status.

Reporting a Delay

Each type of mail has different requirements and periods for reporting it missing. If your mail or package has not arrived after the time noted in the table below, please let us know. If wish to request a refund or file an insurance claim, please read the requirements and process for each.

About Requesting a Refund
About Filing a Claim

Delivery Waiting Periods

Mail Class Delivery Standard Contact Customer Service After:
First-Class Mail® 1 - 3 business days (not guaranteed) 5 or more days from the date of mailing
Priority Mail® 1, 2, or 3 business days (not guaranteed)* 5 or more days from the date of mailing
Priority Mail Express™ 1 - 2 business days (with money-back guarantee)** Scheduled Delivery Date/Time Missed
Standard Post™ 2 - 8 business days (not guaranteed) 14 or more days from the date of mailing

Forever® Stamps

First-Class™ Forever® stamps are currently $0.49. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® 1-oz price.

Square or Oddly-Shaped Envelope Stamps

Postage for square cards or invitations (under 13 oz) or nonstandard-sized envelopes that have to be hand-cancelled, begins at $0.71.

Postcard Stamps

Standard-sized postcard stamps are $0.35. Oversized postcards are charged as letters or large envelopes.

Calculate a Price Size & Weight Requirements

After Hours Locations

The Postal Store
The website sells stamps 24 hours a day.

Approved Postal Providers®
Many grocery and convenience stores sell stamps. They are often open when the Post Office™ is closed.

Self Service Kiosks
Self Service Kiosks are located in Post Office lobbies. They are available even when the Post Office counter is closed.

Finding After Hours Locations

  1. Go to Finding Locations.
  2. Under Location Types, select the provider or service you want to find.
  3. In the search results, click a location to see its services and hours.

Shipping a Package After Hours

  1. Log into your USPS account.
  2. Visit Click-N-Ship® to pay for postage and print your shipping label
    Tips for Printing & Shipping
  3. Schedule a free Package Pickup and we'll get your package during regular delivery hours.
    About Online Shipping

Changing a Package's Destination

If a package hasn't been delivered or released for delivery, you can return it to the sender, send it to a Post Office™ to be held for pickup, or forward it to a different domestic address.

What Can Be Redirected

  • All domestic mail, except Standard Mail® and Periodicals, that has a tracking or extra services barcode.
  • Packages that are smaller than 108 inches of combined in length and girth.
    Measuring Package Girth

How to Do a Redirect

  1. Read about Package Intercept® to understand requirements and restrictions for redirecting mail.
  2. Log into your USPS account.
  3. Go to the Package Intercept application.
  4. Enter your tracking number in the left column to see if your package can be redirected.
  5. Start and pay for the interception.
    Note: Package Intercept fees are only refundable if your shipment is not redirected successfully.
Intercept a Package  About Package Intercept

What is My USPS?

My USPS is a free dashboard for managing incoming domestic mail for eligible residential addresses. My USPS is available on any web-enabled device.

What Can I Do on the My USPS Dashboard?

  • Track packages without entering tracking numbers
  • Send USPS delivery instructions
  • Schedule redeliveries if you miss a package
  • Set up Hold Mail service
About the My USPS Dashboard