How Do I Pay Postage Due?

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You can still receive mail, even if the sender did not pay the postage in full.
You can still receive mail, even if the sender did not pay the postage in full. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Postage should be paid in full when the sender mails the envelope or package. If the sender has not affixed the correct number of stamps or has neglected to stamp the envelope or package, the addressee will be liable for the postage if he wishes to receive the mail. If you get a notice in your mailbox that you have received mail which needs extra postage, you can still get your mail if you pay the outstanding fee.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid ID
  • Outstanding postage
  • Postage due notice

Take the notice you received in your mail box from the post office, a valid form of identification and the amount of outstanding postage stipulated on the notice down to the post office if you wish to receive the mail.

Pay the postage due to the teller and display a valid form of identification. Collect your mail.

Take your postage due notice to the post office if you are the sender and have not paid sufficient postage on your mail. Pay the outstanding fees to get your mail sent.

Tips & Warnings

  • With express mail next-day, second-day, military or same-day airport service mail, the sender will be contacted for the outstanding postage before the mail is dispatched.
  • If you do not wish to pay the postage due, inform the post office of your decision, and it will send the mail back to the sender, postage due.
  • If the sender refuses to pay the postage due, or there is no return address on the mail, the mail is considered dead mail.

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