The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday its mailing and shipping deadlines for the holiday season.
To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages withing the United States by Christmas Day, the Postal Service recommends customers ship their items by the following dates:
Mail-by Dates: Domestic Services
- Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground - Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
- Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail - Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
- Dec. 21 – Priority Mail - Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
- Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express - Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.
Mail-by Dates - International Services
Those wishing to send letters or packages to members of the U.S. military abroad should click this link for additional deadlines.