How do I Buy a Postal Money Order?

Where can a money order be purchased?

  • Domestic Money Orders:
    • A Post Office facility
    • Branches
    • Stations
    • Rural carrier
    • Some Contract Stations (contact the Contract Station in order to confirm availability)
  • Military Money Orders:
    • Military money orders must be purchased at an APO/FPO/DPO facility
  • International Money Orders:
    • To find a Post Office that sells International Money Orders, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
    • Effective 12/31/14, USPS will no longer issue money orders for Mexico. Money orders purchased prior to that date can be cashed until March 31, 2015.

 

Money Order Fee and Purchase Limits     

  • Fee
    • Fees vary depending on the amount of the money order and whether it is for domestic or international use or is being sent to an APO/FPO/DPO address.  For additional information on money order fees, go to https://www.usps.com/shop/money-orders.htm.
  • Money Order Purchase Limits
    • The single money order maximum is $1,000.00 if sending within the United States.
    • For international money orders, the maximum amount varies by country, but cannot exceed $700.00.
    • Multiple money orders may be purchased during the same visit (no daily limit).
    • If you purchase more than $3,000.00 in money orders, you are required to complete a special form and produce acceptable ID.
      • Note: This applies to all money orders combined that are purchased during the span of a day, including domestic and military money orders, if also purchased that day.

How can I pay for a money order?

  • U.S. currency and coins.
  • Established Traveler's Checks payable in US dollars if the purchase is for at least 50% of the value of the Traveler's Checks.
  • ATM/Debit Cards at locations where the customer's Personal Identification Number (PIN) must be entered on a keypad connected to a Credit/Debit terminal.
  • Checks are not accepted to purchase money orders.
  • Credit cards may NOT be used to purchase money orders.
Effective 12/31/14, USPS will no longer issue money orders for Mexico. Money orders purchased prior to that date can be cashed until March 31, 2015.

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