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Subject: mailing previously printed postage from another state
Date Posted: 12/21/2015 5:02 AM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2009
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I dutifully put my account on vacation hold, printed postage, wrapped my last PBS request, and placed the book in the car. I meant to drop the book off at a local PO, but 400 miles later it is still in the car.

What are the rules? Will USPS accept the package from another state?

If USPS rules do not allow using the postage I have now, how do I change my shipping address to reprint the correct postage?

Original shippng was from Oregon to WV. Now I am in a rural area of California.

Any experience or knowlege of USPS regulations will be gratefully received.


Date Posted: 12/21/2015 7:37 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2008
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when you print a label there is a code on there for the post office that handles the return address of the package. This code allows the post office you are shipping from to get the monetary credit for the label just as if you went into the post office and bought postage inside the post office. The credit the post office receives for the package allows big brother in Washington to monitor how much money each post office is making.

Since your label represents a fairly small sum the post office where you are now will probably take the package but they would be within their rights to deny the package. Wear a low cut blouse and smile very sweetly when you ask them to take the package.

Date Posted: 12/21/2015 3:45 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Yes, postage is good from anywhere just drop it in a blue box. 

If you were bulk mailing there could be a problem with mailing from a different zip code.  Otherwise, if one piece of mail was important to the local post office....stamps would come pre-printed with the zip, and you couldn't bring your own stamps to mail post cards while on vacation. 

Blue box the package and have a safe and fun trip!

Date Posted: 12/22/2015 2:24 PM ET
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Agree that one package shouldn't be a problem even in another state.

-- Jill

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 12/22/2015 8:34 PM ET
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Just drop the package in any blue box along the way. No worries.