Can I Pick Up Package from USPS before Delivery?

United States Postal Service is the third largest employer in the United States. It is serving the people of the U.S for a very long time. Its different mail classes and cheaper rates provide its customers a solid reason to choose this company over other biggest ones. Various USPS customers ask different types of questions every day, and today in this article, we are going to answer one of those questions.

Customers of United Postal Service usually ask, “Can I pick up the package from USPS before delivery?” So, we’ll answer this question. Let’s find out:

Can You Pick up Packages from USPS?

USPS Pickup Package

There are a huge number of customers who want to pick up their packages and mail items from the post office before the scheduled delivery. Their reasons might be different, but they want their packages before the scheduled delivery. One of the USPS customers asked us, “Can I pick up a package at the post office?” So, we gave him the answer, but we thought of writing an article about the same because it’s one of the most asked questions, and we want to tell you that Yes, you can pick up the package from USPS before delivery. Customers can pick up their mail items and packages before the scheduled delivery time if they have the valid reason for that. Besides that, USPS also has many programs and services that allow you to pick up your package before final delivery.

Below are few methods through which you can easily pick up your packages before final delivery:

  • USPS Package Intercept:

Eligible for Package InterceptUSPS Package Intercept is the program through which you can easily redirect a domestic shipment that hasn’t been released for the final delivery or delivered. With this service, you can redirect your shipment to new domestic address or Hold that for pickup (for details, read the next point). This service or we can say the program is available for letters, flats, and packages with extra service or tracking barcode. You will need to verify first that your mail item is eligible for this program or service. For that, you will need to enter your tracking number on the left side of this page. That field will look like the image given on the right side.

If the shipment is eligible for the Intercept, then you can submit the request online, and for that, you must log in to your account. Once you submit your request, you will get an estimated total amount (intercept fees plus postage). After that, USPS will try to redirect or intercept that shipment. For more information about the USPS Package Intercept, visit this page.


This program also has some restrictions which are as follows:

  1. You don’t need to pay any fee if your package was not intercepted and if it was intercepted, then the fee is applied to each request.
  2. The intercept fee is non-refundable.
  3. This service is available for all domestic mail services, but not for Periodicals and USPS Marketing Mail.
  4. The package should not be more than 108 inches in length and girth combined.
  5. This service is also not available for the items redirected to a PO Box or addressed to a Commercial Mailing Receiving Agency.
  6. These are few restrictions, for more, visit the main page of this program (link is given above).
  • Hold For Pickup:

Hold For Pickup service is an expedited mail service that guarantees the delivery to one of the designated Hold For Pickup locations. If you go with this service, then USPS will notify you by email, SMS, or phone that your shipment is available for pickup. If you pickup your shipment in a short period, then it’s okay, but if you don’t, then it will send you a second automated email or SMS as a reminder after five days, and three days in case of Priority Mail Express item.

Hold For Pickup service is available with the items shown in the image below:Hold For Pickup Available with

USPS Package Intercept service let you stop the shipment at the post office as Hold for Pickup. Your local post office can hold your package for pickup. So, in short, you can use the Package Intercept service for the same and pick up the package at post office.

  • Place Your Mail on Hold:

This service is not similar to the above one, Hold for Pickup. Both services work differently. If you want to pick up your packages from the post office always, then you should submit a request for the same. This way, the post office will always hold your mail for pickup. If this is a one-time thing, then you can also place your mail on hold (minimum of 3 days). There are three methods to put your mail on hold, online, at the post office, and request for the form over the phone. The online option is much easier and most used. If you want to do so, then CLICK HERE. The regular mail delivery will resume once you pick up all your accumulated mail & packages.

  • Few More Methods:

  1. Place a sign board “Do not leave packages at the door.” This way the letter carrier won’t leave the package at the door if you are not at home. He/She will take back that package to the local post office, and you can visit the post office and pick up the package easily. Don’t forget to take your ID proof with you.
  2. If the signature confirmation is required and you are not at home, then the mail carrier will hold that package to the local post office, and you can easily pick up the package at the post office before delivery.
  3. If the package is out for delivery and you know the carrier, then find him/her on the route. If they are nice, they will help you out.
  4. If it’s an emergency or urgent need, then it may be possible with the help of the postmaster’s permission.
  5. If it’s not a busy day for the postal workers, and you are tracking your shipment for a long time (and you know that the shipment is at the post office), then you may visit the post office as early as possible. Ask the carrier to find out the package. He/She will find out and hand over to you.


Final Words: These are the possible ways to pick up USPS packages before delivery. USPS customers usually ask “can I pick up my package from USPS?” So, we gave the best possible answer to this question. Hope you got the point. If you think that we missed something or you have something special to share with all of us, then comment down below. We love to hear from you.

4 Comments on “Can I Pick Up Package from USPS before Delivery?”

  1. Yes but say you want to hold your package for pickup, your package arrived today at your local post office and you need it today. So if you intercept and hold it for pickup, it takes up to 10 days for them to intercept, is what it says online. So if you wanted it same day i don’t think thats an option.

  2. It is not free. From what I read, it is a $13.95 fee + shipping. Not sure what the shipping charge is? But, I live in Ohio and had package from NJ coming. Went through online usps site and it was about $24.95 to stop. Ridiculous. The package only cost $24 w/free shipping.

  3. Package intercept is really not designed to hold a package for pickup. Yes, technically it’s possible, but you’re paying a hefty fee for the privilege of being able to redirect a package to an entirely different address, and then actually saving USPS time by just having them not attempt delivery. It’s completely silly.

    Unfortunately, there doesn’t really seem to be a good option. I’ve been able to request in-person that USPS hold a specific package, but that means an extra trip to the post office, waiting in line, and hoping you get to talk to someone who’s actually helpful. Online, the only sort-of option seems to be to schedule a “redelivery” of the package (before any delivery attempt is actually made) asking for it to be held. This option, just as with the last, hinges on the redelivery request making it to someone who’s feeling helpful.

    You’d think that USPS would jump at the chance to do less work (simply setting the package aside at the local post office rather than delivering it) while simultaneously helping their customers, but apparently not.

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