International Money Orders

Send Money Abroad

How to Send Money Internationally

International money orders are convenient and secure ways to send money internationally. They can be purchased at any Post Office™ location in values up to $700 ($500 for El Salvador and Guyana). You can pay for your money order with cash, debit card, or traveler’s checks.

ALERT: As of August 30, 2019, USPS® no longer issues or accepts money orders between the U.S. and Canada. Read More

Sending Money Orders

International money orders cost $9.50.

They can be sent by Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, First-Class Mail International®, or First-Class Package International Service®.

The maximum amount allowed for each money order is $700 ($500 for El Salvador and Guyana).

Countries That Accept Money Orders
Sending Money Orders within the United States

Accepting Money Orders

Before accepting a money order, make sure it's real.

  • If you suspect fraud, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service® at 1-877-876-2455.
  • If you think you’ve been given a fake money order, call the Money Order Verification System at 1-866-459-7822.

How to Spot Fake Money Orders

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Recognizing a Counterfeit

There are several key things to look for when spotting a fake money order.

Check the Dollar Amounts

  • The dollar amount is discolored. It may have been erased, indicating fraud (see 3).
  • The dollar amount is not imprinted twice (see 4).
  • The value of a domestic money order is larger than $1,000 (the maximum value for domestic money orders).
  • The value for an international money order is larger than $700 ($500 for El Salvador or Guyana).

Examine the Paper

Hold the money order up to the light. You should see:

  • Watermarks of Ben Franklin repeated on the left side, top to bottom (see 1).
  • A vertical, multicolored thread with the letters "USPS" that weaves in and out of the paper to the right of the Franklin watermark (see 2).

Replace Lost or Damaged Money Orders

Lost or Stolen Money Orders

USPS will replace a lost or stolen money order. There is a $7.25 inquiry fee.

  1. Go to your local Post Office™ to complete and submit PS Form 6401 Money Order Inquiry.
  2. After you submit the form, check the Missing Money Order to see if your serial number has appeared.
  3. When we've confirmed the status of your money order, we'll issue you a replacement.
Check the Status of the Money Order

Damaged Money Orders

We'll replace money orders that are defective or damaged.

Take the damaged money order and your receipt to your local Post Office™ location.

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Sure Money (DineroSeguro)

How It Works

Sending money abroad with a wire transfer is safe and secure through the Sure Money® (DineroSeguro®) program.

  • Participating countries have convenient payout locations.
  • Transfers take place during normal business hours at participating branches in the destination country.
  • You can send up to $1,500 a day. Before you send money, you must show an acceptable primary ID with a clear photo. See Acceptable IDs & Restrictions
  • There are no charges when the money is received.
  • Conversion rates are provided at time of purchase.
  1. Participating Countries
    Participating Banks # of Payment Locations Currency
    Argentina1 BBVA Banco Frances 231 Argentine Pesos
    Colombia2 Banco Davivienda
    BBVA Colombia
    Colombian Pesos
    Dominican Republic Banco Providencial 44 Dominican Pesos
    Ecuador Banco Guayaquil
    Banco del Austro
    Banco Internacional
    US Dollars
    El Salvador Banco Agricola
    Banco Credomatic
    Banco HSBC El
    US Dollars
    Guatemala Banco Industrial
    Banco de Desarrollo Rural
    Honduras Banco Ficohsa
    Banco Mercantil. BAMER S.A.
    Mexico3 Banco BanCoppel
    Elektra Mexico
    Telecom (1566)
    Mexican Pesos
    Nicaragua Banco Banpro (50)
    Banco Credomatic (24)
    US Dollars
    Peru Banco Interbank (223)
    BBVA-Banco Continental (171)
    US Dollars
  2. Charges & Fees
    Transaction Type* Fee
    Purchase – Up to $750.00 $13.95
    Purchase – Between $750.00 and $1,500.00 $19.95
    Refunds $29.95
    Change of Recipient $15.50

    * Charges and fees based on the transaction type.

    Questions? Call 1-888-368-4669 for more information about Sure Money (DineroSeguro).

Money Orders between the USPS and Canada Post

As of August 30, 2019, The Postal Service® no longer sells international postal money orders destined for Canada and no longer cashes international postal money orders issued by Canada Post. Also, as of August 30, 2019, Canada Post no longer sells international postal money orders destined for the U.S. and no longer cashes international postal money orders issued by The Postal Service.

Next Steps

  • If you have a USPS® issued international postal money order destined for Canada, you can redeem it at a U.S. Post Office™ facility at face value.
  • If you received and have not yet cashed a Canada Post issued money order, it is advised that you return the money order to the sender.