Sometimes when you’re buying labels online, you can’t get to the Post Office right away. It’s okay…life happens! If you need to wait a couple of days after you buy labels to ship out your packages, this is typically fine. However, you should be aware that USPS shipping labels expire eventually…so, don’t wait too long to ship your stuff!
USPS Shipping Labels Technically Do Expire
Technically, USPS shipping labels expire 28 days after you purchase them. Maybe “expire” isn’t the right word; 28 days is the cutoff point when USPS deems the labels no longer valid.
All this said, USPS generally gives a 2-3 day grace period for shipping labels. However, each Post Office operates differently based on their own discretion. In our experience, some locations might even take your labels up to a couple of weeks after the ship date marked on them. Others will reject labels if you bring your packages in one day after the ship date on the labels. It all depends!
What to Do if USPS Refuses Your Labels, but They’re Within Reasonable Range
If the worker behind the counter at your local Post Office refuses your labels and you believe they’re still within a reasonable range of acceptance, then you can ask to speak with the Postmaster. That said, if USPS never scans in the labels, that means those tracking numbers never go into the USPS system. So, in this case, you can always request a refund with whatever online shipping software you used to buy the labels and try again.