Recently updated on April 26th, 2023 at 05:23 am

As we all know, post offices in the United States provide mail-forwarding postal service, which allows you to change your address. Of course, you can forward your mail to a temporary address, and you can cancel this service anytime, but the first question that comes to your mind is, “do I have to undergo the hassle of going to a post office before I can cancel my change of address?” Don’t worry if you’ve filed an official change of address with the USPS and you’d like to view, edit, cancel, change of address, or extend; you can easily visit the USPS website to make those changes.

How to view, edit, cancel or extend a USPS Change-of-Address Order?

Now you might be wondering, how can I cancel mail forwarding? Below are the simple steps to follow and cancel your mail forwarding with USPS.

Step 1: Making the change

  •  Visit the USPS change of address cancellation page (
  •  Enter your confirmation code and new zip code
  • When you initially filed your change of address order, check your email to see if you’ve received a USPS confirmation code. You’ll need this confirmation code to complete the process. However, if you’ve already filed a change of address order by mail, you should have received a printed letter with the confirmation code
  •  If you don’t have your confirmation code, you’ll need to go to the post office

Step 2: Specifying the change

Once you’ve inserted your zip code and confirmation code, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can specify the changes you want to make. 

This page contains the USPS mail forwarding cancellation form, which allows you to make any edits to your original change of address order. Additionally, you can request to cancel your change of address if you’re back to your residential address so that USPS stops mail forwarding to you. You can also extend your change of address order for up to a year. 

Step 3: Disputing a change

If you’ve received a notification of a change of address order from USPS and you’re not moving and didn’t apply for a change of address, you’ll need to file a dispute with USPS. You should have already received a key printed on the front of the Official USPS Change-of-Address Validation Letter. 

  •  Go to the file a dispute page 
  • Enter the zip code that’s written on the change of address validation letter
  •  Click on ‘Get started.’

How about USPS Stop Mail? 

Maybe you’re considering USPS Stop mail because you’re moving to another location or on a short-term vacation and don’t want unnecessary mail to keep bumping.  Well, USPS has two good options for you. Here they are:

USPS Stop Mail / Hold Mail:

USPS Stop mail is a service that allows your local post office to pause your mail delivery if you’re out of town or need to suspend home delivery. The minimum duration for the service is 3 days, and the maximum is 30 days.  If you don’t want letters to pile up in your mailbox or don’t want to receive mail while you’re away, USPS stop mail is a good option.

How Does USPS Stop Mail Works? 

  1. Check if you’re eligible for the service:

Go to the USPS website and fill in your information to see if the USPS stop Mail service is available.  You can also visit your local post office or call 1-800-ASK-USPS to enquire. 

Note: It’s good you know that USPS Stop mail per address, not per individual, so if you’re staying with your family or a roommate, ensure they agree to the service.

  1. Choose your Dates

If you are eligible for the service, the next thing is to choose how long you want your mail to behold. As explained earlier, this service isn’t for permanent changing of residence or periods longer than 30 days. If you’re permanently changing your address, then consider filing for a USPS change of address by filling the form 1583.  On the other hand, if you’re going to be away for a long term, like a long vacation or holiday for college students, you can opt for the USPS mail forwarding service.

  1. Decides How You Want to Get Your Mail When the Service Ends

When your USPS Stop Mail ends, you can either pick it up from your local post office or request your mail carrier to deliver all the mail to your mailbox at the end of the service. If you choose to pick it up from the post office, ensure you go with a photo ID, as you’d need to present it before the accumulated mail is given to you.

  1. Normal Delivery Routine Starts Immediately After the End of Your USPS Mail Stop

Once you’ve exhausted your USPS Hold Mail, Delivery will turn normal. For example, if your USPS stop mail ends on the 6th of October, then regular mail delivery starts on the 7th of October. 


USPS Mail Forwarding

If you want to hold your mail for a longer time or reroute it to a new location, consider signing up for the USPS mail forwarding service. 

USPS offers three forms of Mail forwarding – temporary, permanent, and premium. Temporary and premium mail forwarding is used for short-term relocations. Also, temporary and permanent mail forwarding covers only first-class mail but not marketing mail and packages, while premium mail forwards all mail forwards to your new address.

To apply for mail forwarding, you’ll need to change your mailing address with USPS. 


Here’s Where PostsScan Mail Comes in Handy

At Postscan mail, we offer real US street mailing addresses of many cities around the nation. So, if you’re looking for an address to be receiving your mail when you’ve moved out or if you’re looking for a permanent mailing address for personal use or your business, we’ve got you covered! 

Once we receive your mail, we’ll automatically scan and upload it to your virtual mailbox; you’ll then be able to log in and view all your mail and packages delivery. You can choose to shred, open, recycle or forward the physical mail item to your address. It’s convenient, interactive, and gives you 100% control over your mail deliveries. Moreover, you can walk into any of our US mailing addresses and pick up your mail. 

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