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USPS Hold For Pickup – How Does it work?

You must be wondering about How Does USPS Hold For Pickup Work? And what does it mean? It’s right here; you’ll learn everything you need to know.

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USPS Hold For Pickup is a service that allows you to hold a package while you pick it up yourself. With this service, you can hold your package for later pickup, and you can go pick it up by yourself.

Once your package is ready at the USPS facility, you will be notified via email/Short Message Service or by phone and will be able to pick up your package.

Besides the notification, they also send you the pickup location along with the working hours of that location; thereby, you can go timely and pick up your package.

But Specific users can only pick up packages/mail through this service. In order to receive the package, he must present an identity card that matches your name as it appears on the shipping label.

USPS Hold For Pickup

What is USPS Hold for Pickup?

USPS Hold for Pickup is a temporary hold on mail that allows the Postal Service to delay delivery of Priority Mail and Parcel Post items if it is necessary to call in somebody to pick up the item.

How to Request Hold for Pickup

Many ways out there with you can request hold for pickup, such as –

Post Office

One of the easiest ways to do this is to visit your nearest post office and ask any staff member if there is a hold for pickup; he will tell you which counter you need to go to.

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This method works only with priority mail service, so you should remember that before proceeding. An 11-HFPU label is required for the process to proceed. 

P.s.- you can easily get that label from the Postal Store.

USPS.com

If you have a USPS Click-N-Ship account, then you can easily request for hold for pickup service. You will need to login into your account in order to do this. Choose your package after that.

 If you have any questions about this, then contact customer support, they will surely assist you.

If you don’t have a Click-N-Ship account, then the other way is package intercept service which you can use for your package.

Related: [Explained] Held At Post Office, At Customer Request

In which service Hold For Pickup works?

Hold for pickup is only available with Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and First-Class Package Service. Below you can find more information.

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This service is available with:

  • Priority Mail Express
  • Priority Mail®
  • Priority Mail Express™

For commercial mail service

  • Priority Mail Express
  • Priority Mail
  • First-Class Package Service®
  • Parcel Select® Ground
  • Parcel Select Lightweight
  • Bound Printed Matter

Using this service on commercial mail requires a Hold for Pickup label on the package/mail and an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) with the designated Service Type Code (STC). After that, you can hold your package.

Times for Pickup

Priority Mail Express packages can be picked up on the second day at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.

There are 31,000 locations to pick up hold products through priority mail service, so if we talk about your hold package pickup location, it may be the Post Office, and you can pick up your package within five days.

Thus, you can pick up your mail/package at your convenience. Additionally, officials will send you a message or may call you to let you know the pickup address. And You must collect your mail item within five days of receiving it.

Check out the USPS Info page for more information about other services.

Related: USPS Delivered To Wrong Address – what Should I Do?

what does it mean when your mail is marked “USPS Hold For Pickup” or “HFP”?

When a package is delivered to you and the delivery person can’t make it to the door, they will use one of those yellow Hold For Pickup tags placed on your door. The sticker indicates that they cannot deliver your package and need somebody to come get it.

Once this tag is applied, you have until 8:00 pm on the same day that the mailman tried to deliver the item. If you didn’t get to your door in time, the package will be returned back to the post office.

However, if you can’t make it out to your mailbox on time (due to work or any other reasons), you can also authorize some other person who lives in your home or somebody you trust who has a signature card on file with the post office.

If somebody comes to your house and picks up a Hold For Pickup item, they must have a proper ID and give their name and address and they will be eligible to receive the package.

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Final thought 

I hope you now fully understand the USPS Hold For Pickup Request, i.e., what it means, how it works, and how and where you can pick up your package.

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Hey, This is Olivia the author of geekzowns. Over the past six years, I have worked for USPS and other leading companies like FedEx, DHL, etc. Now, I am an entrepreneur and I love to write and share info on the internet.

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