– Package Intercept, USPS Mail Redirection

What is USPS Package Intercept?

  • USPS Package Intercept ® is a fee-based service that enables anyone – sender AND recipient – to authorize the redirection of qualifying domestic letters, flats and parcels that have a USPS Tracking® or Extra Services barcode. If the item does not bear a USPS Tracking or Extra Services barcode, intercepting it is not possible. Not sure if your item qualifies for interception? Check your item’s mail class here.

Note: Package Intercept is available for all domestic mail classes except USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®) & Periodicals.

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Paying for USPS Package Intercept

  • All intercepted items are redirected as Priority Mail. You must pay the applicable Priority Mail postage, except when the item was originally sent using Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail, or First-Class Mail®.
  • Customers will not be charged if the shipment was not intercepted. If successfully intercepted, the non-refundable Package Intercept fee is applied to each intercepted request.Package Intercept Price Information
  • Retail and commercial customers can also purchase additional services for the intercepted package, like Adult Signature Required, Adult Signature Restricted Delivery, Signature Confirmation, and insurance.Insurance & Extra Services

How does USPS Package Intercept work?

There is a Package Intercept fee of $15.95 that applies to all intercepted shipments. Commercial customers who purchase postage online can also submit their Package Intercept request online. Once a Package Intercept request is created, the mailpiece is relabeled as a Priority Mail mailpiece and updated postage charges are applied depending on the dimensions, weight and zone of the intercepted shipment. There is no cost to return a Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail or First Class Mail package to the sender. Priority Mail postage fees are applied for all other requests.

Customers can also purchase additional services for their intercepted package, such as Adult Signature Required, Insurance and Signature Confirmation. Registered Mail shipments that are intercepted can only be returned to the original sender. In order to use the USPS Package Intercept service, the shipment cannot measure more than 108 inches in combined length and girth.

Note: The USPS Package Intercept service is not available for purchase in the Stamps.com software.

Can USPS Tell Me Where My Package Is Before I Initiate An Intercept?

One of the questions you’ll want to ask any postal employee before initiating an intercept attempt is where your package is at that particular point in time.

If your package is being delayed at a distribution center, for example, it may make all the sense in the world to intercept that package and go pick it up yourself – especially if the holdup guarantees your package will be delivered for another day or two (maybe even longer than that).

If, on the other hand, the USPS tells you that your packages out for delivery right now (this very moment) – and you know that the mail arrives in just a few hours, if not even sooner – you may not want to initiate an intercept at all.

Most people are going to want to make a decision on intercepting a package at least a day or two before the intended delivery day.

Any closer than that (like the day of delivery, for example) and initiating this process will almost always cause more headache and hassle than anything else.

What are other options for intercepted mail?

When a USPS Package Intercept is requested, Extra Services can also be added to the intercepted item(s) when redirected to the sender or the delivery Post Office™ as a Hold for Pickup (but not to a PO Box™). No matter the original eligible mail class, when the item is relabeled as Priority Mail®, it is assigned a new mailing barcode and may include applicable Extra Services. Customers can continue to track the status of the Intercepted item using the original article tracking number.

Customers can choose from the following services: 

  1. Adult Signature Required
  2. Adult Signature Restricted Delivery
  3. Insurance (but only if the original shipment included insurance and only at the original value stated)
  4. Signature Confirmation™

Extra Services Exceptions

  1. Extra Services cannot be added to items that are redirected to the sender, regardless of class.
  2. Return to Sender is the only intercept option available for Registered Mail® service. Registered Mail items are returned with the original Registered Mail number, and are not re-labeled or re-packaged.

Note: If a mailpiece was originally sent as Registered Mail, it can only be returned to the sender. The mailpiece will maintain the original Registered Mail label number.

Additional Priority Mail postage will apply to intercepted mailpieces under the following conditions:

Note: USPS does not guarantee the interception of

Note: USPS does not guarantee the interception of a mailpiece.

Customers should validate the status of the mailpiece by using the Track & Confirm tool at Track & Confirm prior to placing a request. Customers will be charged for all USPS Package Intercept Requests made.

Need more information? Learn about mail classes that can be intercepted.

Can You Pick Up a Package from USPS Before It Gets Delivered?

Right out of the gate, you should know that it’s not only possible to pick up a package from USPS before delivery is initiated (or completed) but that it’s actually super simple and straightforward to make happen, too.

The USPS understands that there are a lot of people out there across the country willing to meet USPS halfway (and sometimes more than halfway) to get their hands on their packages just as soon is reasonably possible. Some folks are even willing to drive down to the local USPS facility or post office bright and early in the morning (sometimes before the sun comes up, even) to head a package off before it gets loaded onto a truck and sent out for delivery.

Most of the time popping down to the post office and picking up a package before it goes out for delivery is a very straightforward (and easy to pull off) kind of process. It’s something that millions of people do all over the country each and every week, too!

And that’s why the USPS has instituted two different options when you want to get your hands on a package before USPS delivers it to you. You can either go with a package intercept or you can go with a package hold.

The cool thing about the solutions is that they give you a lot more control and a lot more freedom about how to get your hands on your package.

Let’s get a little deeper into the ins and outs and the nuts and bolts of those services right now.

What about other options for USPS Package intercepted mail?

When a package intercept is requested, Extra Services can also be added to the intercepted item(s) when redirected to a new address or a Post Office as a Hold for Pickup (but not to a PO Box). No matter the original eligible mail class, when the item is relabeled as Priority Mail®, it is assigned a new mailing barcode and may include applicable Extra Services. Customers can continue to track the status of the Intercepted package using the original article tracking number.

Customers can choose from the following services:

  1. Adult Signature Required.
  2. Adult Signature Restricted Delivery.
  3. Insurance (but only if the original shipment included insurance and only at the original value stated).
  4. Signature Confirmation™.

Extra Services Exceptions

  • Extra Services cannot be added to items that are redirected to the sender, regardless of class.
  • Return to Sender is the only intercept option available for Registered Mail. Registered Mail items are returned with the original Registered Mail number, and are not re-labeled or re-packaged.

Need more information? Learn about Package Intercept time limits and guarantees, as well as mail classes that can be intercepted.

Does The USPS Deliver Packages On Saturdays?

Yes, the USPS delivers packages on Saturdays.

If the package is a Priority Mail Express package, then they’ll even deliver it on Sundays.

The Priority Mail Express packaging uses a pricier stamp to ensure a fast delivery.

However, you may want to use this service with some caution.

You’re more likely to not receive a standard package on Saturday even though it says they delivered it.

How do I pick up an intercepted package?

You can request that the destination Post Office hold the item for you or have it returned to sender.

Verify that your shipment is eligible for Package Intercept. If eligible, you can submit your request online after logging in with your USPS.com account.

Can Someone Else Sign For Your Package?

You may decide that you want the USPS carrier to have someone sign for your package.

This will ensure that you receive it and that there isn’t a mistake made when it’s marked as delivered.

However, most often, you may not be home when they attempt to make a delivery.

Luckily, you can give someone else permission to sign for the package instead.

The main regulation about designating someone else as the signer is that they need to be at least 18 years old.

You can choose another family member, a visiting friend, even your neighbor to sign for the package.

If you live in an apartment or condo, then you can designate the front person as the signer.

The receptionist in the office is a great example of someone who can sign for your package.

Then they’ll hold the package in the office until you arrive to accept it.

Having someone sign for the package is a great way to ensure it’s actually delivered to your home.

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Determining Eligibility

USPS Package Intercept is not a guaranteed service and certain conditions apply.

What Is Eligible

What Is Not Eligible

  • USPS Marketing Mail® products and periodicals
  • Items addressed to a Commercial Mailing Receiving Agency
  • Items redirected to a PO Box
  • Nonmailable items, items with surface-only transportation markings, such as Label 127, Surface Mail Only, or items bearing other hazardous materials markings, such as Consumer Commodity ORM-D

Information on Hazardous Materials

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