Calling USPS Customer Service

How to Contact USPS

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Contacting a large agency like the United States Postal Service (USPS) may seem at first like a daunting task. If you know which branch to contact for your concerns, however, you can get in touch with the employee you need. Before contacting USPS, make sure to check their FAQs and avoid contacting on federal holidays. Depending on whether you have basic customer service/tech support questions, a refund inquiry, or wish to file a claim, you will need to take different steps to reach the right person.


Using Basic Contact Information

  1. Check the FAQs on their website first.Before you call or email USPS, make sure your question isn't answered in their page. This will save you and the postal service employees time. The USPS FAQ tackles questions on extensive topics like buying, business, sending/receiving mail, and customer service. Commonly asked questions include:
    • How do I pay for my PO box?
    • What do I do if I changed my address?
    • When is the next postal holiday?
    • How does informed delivery work?
    • How much does first-class mail cost?
  2. Contact customer service for specific shipping questions.If you have an inquiry about your packages or mail, contact customer support. To talk with a live representative, call between 8 AM-8:30 PM EST from Mondays through Fridays, or 8AM-6PM EST on Saturdays. Customer service is closed on Sundays.
    • For less urgent concerns, you can also customer service. Email works best if you have a mail tracking number.
    • Customer service's phone number is: 1 (800) 275-8777.
  3. Call tech support for website-related questions.If you're having trouble with the USPS website or an online mailing form, contact tech support during the same business hours as customer service. You can also email tech support for less urgent questions.
    • The USPS tech support phone number is: 1 (800) 344-7779
    • You can email tech support .
  4. Give feedback via an online form.If you have comments or suggestions for improvement about your USPS experience, fill out the provided on their website. You can choose between offering compliments, suggestions, problems, and general information.
    • To hear back from a USPS representative, leave your email, phone number, and/or mailing address. Your email is required to send feedback.
  5. Send snail mail for less urgent questions.If desired, you can send letters to the USPS headquarters. Physical mail is not ideal for questions or assistance but can be useful for sending feedback. For a timely response, USPS suggests that you send mail to the Office of the Consumer Advocate at the following address:
    • United States Postal Service/ Office of the Consumer Advocate/ 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, RM, 4541/ Washington, DC 20260-2200

Requesting Refunds

  1. Visit your local post office for national priority mail refunds.USPS offers full refunds for priority mail services if you are not satisfied with their standards. Request a postage refund within 30 days of your initial purchase. For priority mail refunds, you cannot send a request via email or phone. Instead, make your request at a nearby post office.
    • To find a post office near you, check the USPS
    • International priority mail refunds can be handled on the phone by the USPS Customer Care Center (1-800-222-1811) within 30 days of the mailing date.
  2. Contact tech support for shipping label refunds.Unused shipping labels are eligible for refunds within 30 days of their print date by logging into and cancelling your order. If 30 days from the transaction date, but less than 60 days, have passed, contact tech support to cancel your order.
    • Have the following information ready for tech support: your username, account number, label number, and transaction number/date.
  3. Contact the Customer Care Center for PO Box returns.If you have the keys to your PO Box, you can cancel your order via your For those without keys, call the USPS Customer Care Center (1-800-222-1811) within 30 days of the original payment date.
    • If you are well within 30 days, you can also email tech support for a refund request.
  4. Visit your local post office for in-store refunds.If you purchased an item at your post office and want a refund, you cannot do so over the phone or email. Visit the post office you purchased the item from for returns or exchanges. Check the USPS beforehand to know if your item qualifies.
    • Bring your receipt with you as proof of purchase.

Filing Claims

  1. Submit a search request for missing mail.If your package hasn't arrived 7 business days after its estimated arrival, submit a missing mail search request using the From here, USPS will send you periodic updates about their search and send your package to the address you provide.
    • Include the following information in your search request: sender address, recipient address, size/type of container shipped, the USPS tracking number, mailing date, and description of the contents.
    • If you used Priority Mail to send the package and it remains missing, you are entitled to a refund.
  2. Make sure your package was insured before you file a claim.If uninsured mail is missing or damaged, the extent USPS will offer is a missing mail search. Insured or priority mail items are entitled to an indemnity claim, which may include a refund. Depending on whether your mail was domestic or international, you will need to follow different steps or wait periods.
  3. File a domestic claim.To file domestic claims, your account on the USPS claims form. Enter your tracking number, shipping date, and reason for filing a claim. If your items were lost or ruined, describe the item and the condition you received them in if damaged. Then, enter the refund amount you request in your claim.
    • A proof of value is required before you can receive a refund. Attach a JPEG or PDF file that confirms the item's worth (such as a receipt).
    • You can add up to ten items per claim.
  4. File an international claim.International claims require coordination with foreign postal services and involve different steps. Write down your 13-digit tracking number (which should end in "US") and fill out the same online form as domestic shipments. The USPS postal service will the contact their foreign counterpart to confirm details and determine a refund amount.
    • Only the U.S. sender can initiate an international claim; if you are the recipient, contact your U.S. sender so they can fill out the online form.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I stop people from parking in front of my mail receptacle and stopping mail delivery?
    Community Answer
    Contact the city (or county if you don't live in a city) and file a complaint, they might be able to mark the area as a no parking zone.
  • Question
    How much does it cost to send a letter from United States to Canada?
    Top Answerer
    A regular, business-size letter costs .15 (as of 2019).
  • Question
    How do I stop my deceased roommate's mail from coming?
    Community Answer
    Just write "No longer at this address, return to sender" and place in your outgoing mail.
  • Question
    How can I rent a post office box?
    Top Answerer
    Go to the post office nearest you and fill out an application for a box. You'll need identification.
  • Question
    Where do I find the email address for technical support?
    Top Answerer
    . This is the USPS "Postal One" service, which can answer technical questions.
  • Question
    I need to stop forwarding my mail sooner than I requested. Can I call my local post office to correct this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, they will be able to help you with this.
  • Question
    I have moved into a new apartment. There is no key to the mailbox. How do I get someone to change the lock and give me a key?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If your landlord can't help you, find your local post office and explain the situation. There is a charge for re-keying of the lock.
  • Question
    How long will it take for a letter to get to Newark, NJ from Chelsea, Manhattan?
    Top Answerer
    It normally takes one business day.
  • Question
    Can I mail medication to my mother overseas using USPS?
    Top Answerer
    Yes. Anything that can be mailed to a domestic address can be mailed to an overseas address, too.
  • Question
    How do I stop someone from using my address and forwarding my mail to their address?
    Top Answerer
    That's mail theft, a federal crime. First tell your local post office what's happening. If they won't help you, tell the police about your situation. You can also send the thieves a letter threatening to sue them. If that doesn't correct the situation, get an attorney and actually sue.
Unanswered Questions
  • Lost my mailbox key, how do I get a new one?
  • Sent a parcel from the UK and found out the person had moved next door, is there a way to call/email USPS and make arrangements to avoid the parcel being held and then sent back to us?
  • What phone number or e-mail address or application form can I use to change my direct deposit checking account?
  • Does the post office/employee have the authority to mark my mother's mail "deceased, return to sender" without my permission?
  • How do I contact the USPS about a problem with a package delivery?
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Quick Summary

If you need to contact USPS about specific shipping questions, call customer service at 1 (800) 275-8777. Alternatively, for website related questions, call tech support at 1(800) 344-7770. If it's after hours or if calling isn't convenient, you can also email them at "usps technical support @ mail ps (dot) cust help (dot) com." Finally, if you have comments or suggestions you'd like to convey, fill out a feedback form on their website.

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  1. Avoid contacting USPS on Sundays or during federal holidays, as an answer will be delayed until the next business day.
    • For urgent questions, call in the morning. You are more likely to receive a speedy response before the majority of calls come in during the afternoon.

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