How Do I Pay Postage Due?

by Nicole Fotheringham; Updated September 26, 2017

Postage should be paid in full when the sender mails the envelope or package. If the sender has not affixed the correct number of stamps or has neglected to stamp the envelope or package, the addressee will be liable for the postage if he wishes to receive the mail. If you get a notice in your mailbox that you have received mail which needs extra postage, you can still get your mail if you pay the outstanding fee.

Items you will need

  • Valid ID
  • Outstanding postage
  • Postage due notice
Step 1

Take the notice you received in your mail box from the post office, a valid form of identification and the amount of outstanding postage stipulated on the notice down to the post office if you wish to receive the mail.

Step 2

Pay the postage due to the teller and display a valid form of identification. Collect your mail.

Step 3

Take your postage due notice to the post office if you are the sender and have not paid sufficient postage on your mail. Pay the outstanding fees to get your mail sent.


  • With express mail next-day, second-day, military or same-day airport service mail, the sender will be contacted for the outstanding postage before the mail is dispatched. If you do not wish to pay the postage due, inform the post office of your decision, and it will send the mail back to the sender, postage due. If the sender refuses to pay the postage due, or there is no return address on the mail, the mail is considered dead mail.

About the Author

Nicole Fotheringham has been a writer since 1997. She was born in South Africa and began as a reporter for the "Natal Mercury" and "Cape Argus" newspapers. Fotheringham has a master's degree in English literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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