How to Stop Mail and FedEx

by Matt McGew; Updated September 26, 2017

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the entity responsible for delivering mail in the United States. FedEx is a private international logistics and package delivery company. If you need to temporarily stop delivery of your mail or FedEx packages, you can request that the USPS or FedEx hold them. This service is available free of charge from both USPS and FedEx.

USPS

Step 1

Open a web browser on your computer and go to the USPS website. Click on the "Put your mail on hold" link to access the USPS "Hold Mail Service" tool.

Step 2

Enter your ZIP code in the "Create a Request" text box and click the "Go" button.

Step 3

Enter your first and last names, full mailing address and phone number in the appropriate text boxes. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 4

Confirm your information and click the "Continue" button.

Step 5

Select from the drop-down menus the date you want to begin the mail hold and the date you want to resume mail delivery. Choose a delivery option for the held mail. You can choose to pick up all held mail from your local post office, or ask the USPS to deliver it at a later date. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 6

Confirm your information and click the "Submit" button to complete your request to temporarily stop mail delivery.

FedEx

Step 1

Locate the FedEx tracking numbers of the packages you want FedEx to hold for you.

Step 2

Call FedEx at (800) 463-3339.

Step 3

Ask FedEx to hold the packages at a FedEx office until a specific date. The customer service representative will process your request over the phone, and FedEx will hold the packages for you.

About the Author

Since 1992 Matt McGew has provided content for on and offline businesses and publications. Previous work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Travelocity and "GQ Magazine." McGew specializes in search engine optimization and has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University.