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Topic: I need help! can someone help? i can't call the USPS now..

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Subject: I need help! can someone help? i can't call the USPS now..
Date Posted: 12/29/2009 9:54 PM ET
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my sister is wondering if there is a way for her to pick up the mail from the post office instead of having it delivered to her place. can she do that? how would she do that? she really needs something ASAP and i'm going to mail it to her tomorrow. PLEASE HELP ME! she's freaking out and taking it out on me!!! thank you!!! :)

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 11:48 PM ET
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Nope, not usually. Its sorted so early in the morning, that it would be out on the mailtruck beforethe PO opens up for business.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 7:15 AM ET
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As a one time thing or short time frame, use General Delivery for the address and then the city, state and zip of the post office to pick it up. She would need a photo ID to pick it up.

She can put her mail on hold for 3 to 30 days if she does not want any mail for a short time. Longer than 30 days, she will need to forward the mail to a different address or USPS has a service that will send all your mail to a different address but there is a fee.

For long term local solution, rent a PO Box.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 1:31 PM ET
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If she requests a hold, your sister can pick up her mail at the PO (after it's sorted).  For awhile our rural route mail was frequently delivered after 6 pm, if I was expecting items that needed immediate action I would have to call and have my mail held.  Formality will vary by PO branch, some will hold with a phone call and some will require the written request.

Last Edited on: 12/30/09 1:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/30/2009 6:19 PM ET
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Hold mail has a 3 day minimum. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 11:26 PM ET
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You may be able to write DO NOT DELIVER / HOLD FOR PICKUP on the package. I have seen mail like that come thru our Post Office with no problem.

Our carriers would deliver a notice and the person would present the notice and/or ID at the PO and pick up the package.

Or you could require that it be signed for  RESTRICTED DELIVERY  so that only your sister can get it.

Last Edited on: 1/9/10 11:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 2