Three Most Commonly asked Questions on USPS Hold Mail

Hold mail facility offered by United States Postal Service (USPS) is amazing. By using hold mail you can put an hold on your mail if you are going on vacation. I have also written a detailed article on USPS hold mail, read that article for a complete detail. Today we are going to talk about some common questions on hold mail. Few days back I was just checking out some forum sites and I found that people wanted to know the answers of some simple questions. I picked up three questions on hold mail and today I thought of writing the answers of these questions.

Most Commonly asked Questions on USPS Hold MailThose three questions are simple if you know a little bit about hold mail and if you don’t then it’s all right because after reading this article you will get the answer of all the three questions. Firstly let me tell you those three questions :-

  1. Can You authorize someone else to pick up your Hold Mail?,
  2. Who can submit a Hold Mail request? and
  3. What if You pick up your held mail earlier than the original Hold Mail end date?

These are the three questions and I am going to answer each of them. So let’s start one by one.

Most Common Hold Mail Questions :-

1. Can You authorize someone else to pick up your Hold Mail :-

When you filled the hold mail form, you was asked a question “Pick a delivery option for your held mail”. You had to select one option out of two. Once again let me tell you that you can collect all your accumulated mail after hold mail ends by visiting the post office or the mail carrier will leave your accumulated mail into your mailbox. So you could select any of the option. If you selected the option by which you wished to pick up your accumulated mail from the post office then this question comes into your mind that can I authorize someone else to pick up my hold mail? So the answer of this question is YES! You have the option to authorize a third party to pickup your held mail by providing written permission to the Post Office. One thing you should keep in mind that the third party that you authorized will need to present photo I.D.

2. Who can submit a Hold Mail request :-

Who can submit a hold mail request? It’s really a good question. Most people think that only those who live at the same address can file a hold mail request but it’s not 100% true. A hold mail request can be submitted by anyone at that address or their authorized agent. Yes! A authorized agent can also submit a hold mail request on their behalf.

3. What if You pick up your held mail earlier than the original Hold Mail end date :-

If you pick up your “held” mail before the end date supplied on the hold mail request then your hold will automatically cancelled and your mail delivery will be started again from the next postal business day.


So these are the answers of commonly asked questions on hold mail. I tried to give the best suitable answer of all the questions. If you have more questions on any topic related to USPS then you can send me those.

12 comments Add yours
  1. Hello-
    If I decide to pick up my mail after the hold is over, how do I know which post office location has my mail?


    1. Hey! CR,

      USPS keeps all the held mail at the local post office which usually handles all local delivery nearby you.

      So, if you want to pick up your held mail then VISIT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE which delivers your mail and packages during normal days.

  2. I’m the daughter that lives with my parents at the moment and my question is if my parents already left to go on vacation for a week and my parents forgot to have their mail held at the post office and since I live with them can I authorize to have their mail held at the post office everyday and picked up everyday for the week that their on vacation? And how do I go about doing that?

    1. Hey! Stephanie,

      You can put your parents’ mail & packages on hold. Just submit the hold mail request to USPS. While submitting the request, select the time frame from when to when you want USPS to hold your parents’ mail. U.S Post Office can hold your mail for minimum three days to maximum 30 days for free.

      To know the process and other useful info. of holding mail – Click Here.

      You can also pick up mail or packages by visiting the post office. Don’t forget to take your photo I.D with you. You have also the option to authorize a third party to pick up your held mail by providing written permission to the Post Office. The third party that you authorized will also need to present photo I.D.

  3. If my family is currently bouncing aroumd house to house and can’t find a mailing address or afford a p.o. box at the moment.. how do we go about holding mail for just our family instead of the household we are staying with? And hlw do we recover old mail that has been mailed out to the previous address within the last month?

  4. I moved and the new place I’m at doesn’t have a mailbox or P.O. set up. It is a house converted to three apartments. I have put a hold on my mail but how do I find and collect the mail that was sent to the original forwarding/physical address before they told me there wasn’t a mailbox? I need two forms or id to set up the P.O. but my id sticker was sent to the forwarding address before I caught the error. Can I pick up what has been collecting and keep or reinstate the hold as my landlord still does not have a mailbox for my house?

  5. I have the same question as Trisharose. May I have a mail hold, yet continue delivery for the rest of the household?

  6. hi, if i dont get home in time for the end of the hold date. what happens, will they still hold it until i get there like 2 weeks later? and will the mail be delivered as usual after the hold ends, even if i havent picked up the held mail?

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