USPS is offering suggested mail-by dates for the holiday mailing and shipping season.
Customers who want their domestic holiday mail and packages to arrive by Dec. 25 should follow these recommended deadlines:
- Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground
- Dec. 15: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- Dec. 16: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- Dec. 19: First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- Dec. 20: Priority Mail
- Dec. 20: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 20: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- Dec. 21: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express
The Postal Service is also reminding customers they can use usps.com to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup from a mail carrier.
Additionally, customers can use Informed Delivery to see their incoming mail and packages and reschedule package deliveries to ensure they can be home to receive them.