How to Stop Mail From Being Forwarded


You can stop your mail from being forwarded by either going online or going to your local post office. You'll need to have valid ID, the forwarding confirmation code, the original address and the forwarding address. Be sure to stop forwarding your mail about a week before you'd like it to kick in, since it takes a little time to be processed and go through the postal system.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid ID
  • Permanent address
  • Forwarding address
  • Confirmation code of forwarding
  • Debit card

Use the USPS Website

  • Go to and click on "Change of Address."

  • Scroll down to find the "Cancel Current Change Of Address" link. Or, you can look in the references section of this article for a direct link.

  • Fill out the website forms to complete the cancellation of forwarding. At the end of the process, you may be asked to enter your debit card information to show that you're indeed the person who is connected to the mail-forwarding. Your debit card may be charged $1 (the cost in May 2011).

  • Check your email for a confirmation that you've canceled your mail-forwarding. Retain this email for your records.

Go to Your Local Post Office

  • Go to your local post office with the confirmation-code email or letter you first used to forward your mail.

  • Ask for a cancellation of mail-forwarding or change of address form. Complete the form and return it to the mail clerk.

  • Provide the clerk with your state-issued ID as the form is processed.

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