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Old 12-13-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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If you don't know your new address in advance, you can't rely on "mail forwarding". Besides, it takes 2 weeks to kick in. I don't think USPS can "hold then forward" it either.

So what are you supposed to do with your mail?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I thought they could hold then forward it.

Do you have a trusted friend or family member's address that you could have your mail sent to temporarily?
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think you can put your mail on vacation hold when you leave, and the post office will hold it for you. Then, when you have a new address, put in a forwarding order, and whatever has been held for you will be forwarded.

If you know what city you are moving to, you can have your mail forwarded to General Delivery at the main post office in that city, and then go and pick it up at the post office when you get there.

If your mailbox becomes full, and the PO has no instructions, the carrier will return all accumulated mail to sender, marked Unknown. This can happen as soon as two weeks.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Thanks, jtur88. I didn't even know about the existence of "General Delivery". Why do people bother with P.O. boxes, if this thing exists and is free?
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Thanks, jtur88. I didn't even know about the existence of "General Delivery". Why do people bother with P.O. boxes, if this thing exists and is free?
In a city with multiple postal stations, General Delivery exists only at the main sorting post office, and to get your mail, you have to go there and stand in line at the window along with everybody else.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Thanks, jtur88.
*gasp* Aren't you forgetting someone?
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: NE Virginia and Washington, DC
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In a city with multiple postal stations, General Delivery exists only at the main sorting post office, and to get your mail, you have to go there and stand in line at the window along with everybody else.
Yes, it is one thing to do General Delivery at a small podunk post office like Vine Grove, KY. Quite another to do it at a larger post office like Arlington, VA.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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In a city with multiple postal stations, General Delivery exists only at the main sorting post office, and to get your mail, you have to go there and stand in line at the window along with everybody else.
Yep, this is great for a small town but terrible in a big city. I used general delivery once and it was when I lived and worked in Yosemite National Park and lived right next to the park post office. Probably was I could only get my mail when the post office was open so eventually I just got a PO Box that I could check 24 hours a day.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:05 PM
 
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General Delivery is super unreliable. The clerk at the window might have you waiting til they sort through every piece in a four by four hamper. A previous poster mentioned a hold order from your previous address. Holds have to be at least three days and as long as thirty. A Postmaster can extend it for as many as ninety under extenuating circumstances.

Jtur88 has the best recommendation with a hold and COA once you know where to send things. Periodicals will be forwarded for six moths and first class mail eighteen. As a reminder things likes boxes of checks have Return Service Requested endorsements meaning they will not be forwarded. Some parcels are the same way while others have forwarding or address service requests.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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I know one can get their mail held while they are vacation. I would have the post office hold the mail and as already mentioned when you have your new address have the post office forward it. I believe the post office will hold your mail up to 90 days if necessary and you can change or cancel the hold via email if necessary.
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