USPS Forward or Hold Your Mail Parcels, packages or post. Are you making a temporary move or heading out of town? The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can forward your mail to a new address or hold it at your local post office for a limited time.
Forward Your Mail
If your move is temporary, the USPS can forward your mail from your old address to a new one for 15 days to one year.
- To get started, fill out an official USPS change of address form. This covers questions about the type of move, the mail forwarding start and end date, and more.
- Learn about other mail forwarding options, including the premium forwarding service.
Hold Your Mail
If you will be away for three to 30 days, the USPS can hold your mail at your local post office until you return. You can request this service up to 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day.
- Check to see if Hold Mail Service is available for your address and choose the dates for your request.
If you want to hold your mail for longer than 30 days, sign up for the USPS mail forwarding service.
For a permanent move, learn how to change your address with the USPS.