How Late Does USPS Deliver?

USPS is supposed to stop delivering at 5pm local time Monday through Saturday, but letter carriers often work overtime to complete routes
How Late Does USPS Deliver

If you’ve received mail in the later hours of the evening before, you’re not alone. USPS letter carriers often work overtime to complete their routes, ensuring that we all receive our mail and packages in the most timely manner possible. Of course, delivery times can vary due to a variety of factors. Some days you’ll get your mail earlier than expected; some days are the opposite. However, have you ever found yourself wondering just how late USPS delivers?

USPS Typically Stops Delivering No Later Than 5 pm Local Time

The fact that USPS is technically supposed to stop delivering at 5 pm may come as a surprise to you. Many Americans receive their mail well into the later hours of the evening. Even my local letter carrier sometimes drops off mail long after 6 pm. That said, these overtime hours may soon be a thing of the past for the Postal Service.

Louis DeJoy Has Attempted to Put a Stop to Overtime Delivery

USPS got a new Postmaster General in the beginning of 2020, a former shipping executive named Louis DeJoy. DeJoy promised to steer USPS back to financial health, and one way he aimed to do so was to eliminate unnecessary costs. As a result, he declared to put a stop to overtime hours, which would save USPS an estimated $200 million every year in overhead.

Since DeJoy’s order, a good amount of USPS letter carriers have still worked to deliver later than the 5 pm cutoff time. However, some regions in the country have experimented with adhering to the strict new overtime regulations. When letter carriers in these regions complete their routes at 5 pm, all the extra packages on their trucks then go back to the USPS facilities, which eventually creates a package pileup. These pileups, along with rising COVID-19 cases and historic shipping volumes, has arguably contributed to the worst backlog in USPS history.

In fact, because of this backlog, millions of gift packages arrived later than Christmas during the 2020 holiday season.


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  1. Carla

    Did you ever get your medicines? If so how late was it. I had a mail lady deliver my medicine to the wrong house. I told her I just got the confirmation you scanned because now she is at my door. She told me she didn’t scan anything which was a lie, it was left a couple doors down. Good thing I checked it out and went and looked at my neighbors packages. My package was left there. I conveniently found out that was her last day.

  2. Carla

    Our mail was delivered at 6:50pm the other night, but at least we got it.

  3. Marie

    First I was notified that my pkg. Would be delivered on August 30th. That date came and went, nothing on the 31st. Then this morning I received an email saying it was out for delivery today. It is now 7:20 pm and it has not been delivered. This is my medication so I am very concerned.

  4. Melissatift

    I’m waiting on my transcript to get here.


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