A Money Order is a document similar to U.S. currency that can be purchased in varying amounts and mailed anywhere in the U.S. A Money Order is printed out with the dollar amount of its value only. All other items are left blank. A purchased money order is like a signed check; it is the responsibility of the purchaser to enter in who the money order is payable to (otherwise, anyone can cash it). Money Orders must be made payable to a single identifiable party, which can be the purchaser.
Note: Postal Money Orders are prepaid drafts drawn against the Postal Service's account with the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Customers may also send a Money Order in U.S. currency to certain destination countries. The MP1 Direct Exchange Money Order is the only International Money Order currently offered by the United States Postal Service®. Check the MP1 Acceptance Countries list below to find out if you can send a MP1 to that country.
MP1 Acceptance Countries:
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
El Salvador ($500 max.)
Guyana ($500 max.)
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
*Money orders previously issued by USPS for Mexico can no longer be cashed. If you are seeking a way to send money to Mexico, USPS provides the Sure Money® (DineroSeguro®) program.
Note: Acceptance countries are also able to send money orders to the US. The form will still be pink. However, a United States Postal Service eagle will not appear on the form since the Postal Service™ did not issue the MP1.
Do Money Orders Expire?
- Domestic Money Orders currently have NO stated expiration date.
- International Money Orders DO have an expiration date: No International Money Order will be paid after the expiration of the validity date on the Money Order.
Where Can a Money Order be Cashed?
- Domestic Money Orders can be cashed at any Post Office™ in the country.
- International Money Orders can be cashed at Postal facilities in countries that accept them. However, there is no requirement that banks or other facilities must cash the money orders. Question