How to Stop Mail Delivery for a Short Time

Updated April 17, 2017

When going on vacation, take the time to stop your mail delivery temporarily so mail doesn't pile up in your mailbox. You can go through the process to stop your mail online or in person at the post office. This process is free and is a helpful preventive measure to take to make your house less of a target due to an accumulation of mail in your mailbox. Specify the time period for the mail delay and when you want mail delivery to resume. You can request that your mail be held for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30.

Stop by your local post office and request a "Mail Hold" form.

Complete the form with your full address, mail delay time period and how you want the delayed mail delivered.

Give the form to the post office clerk. You'll need to confirm your address by showing identification.

Go to the United States Postal Service website ( and click the "Temporary Hold Mail" link.

Complete the temporary hold form. Enter your address, mail delay period, date you want mail delivery to resume and method of delivering your held mail.

Click the "Confirm" button to start the mail hold.

Download the Temporary Mail Hold Form.

Fill out the Temporary Mail Hold form.

Give the form to your postal carrier.


You can request a Mail Hold up to 14 days in advance.

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Emmanuelle Douglas has been an avid writer since 1990. Her first professional writing assignment was for "Oscar News," a local corporate Intranet website. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences from Clemson University.