What is a Postal Money Order?

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:

Albania

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bolivia

British Virgin Islands

Canada

Cape Verde

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador ($500 max.)

Grenada

Guinea

Guyana ($500 max.)

Honduras

Jamaica

Japan

Mali

Montserrat

Peru

Sierra Leone

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad

Tobago

 

 

*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

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