Coast to coast

The Postal Service expanded its Extended Mail Forwarding market test nationwide on Oct. 1.

Extended Mail Forwarding allows customers to pay a fee to extend an existing permanent Change of Address request in six-month increments for up to 18 months.

USPS began testing the service in nine districts on Aug. 1. By Sept. 27, the Postal Service had generated more than $500,000 in revenue from 21,000 forwarding requests.

Extended Mail Forwarding is geared toward customers who may be displaced temporarily, on extended assignments, or who may not have updated their mailing contacts within the usual mail forwarding period of 15 days to one year.

Here are the Extended Mail Forwarding fees and options available to customers:

• $19.95 (six-month extension)
• $29.95 (12-month extension)
• $39.95 (18-month extension)

Customers with existing permanent Change of Address requests can sign up for the service at Retail Systems Software locations, locations with self-service kiosks or through

Customers can also request Extended Mail Forwarding when submitting their initial Change of Address request using the Mover’s Guide on

The test could last up to three years. For additional information, email the USPS Shipping Services team.