We are often asked how long it will take to have a birthday card or letter delivered by First Class mail. Though delivery times may vary, these delivery times based on our experience, are a good guide to avoiding disappointment.
Cards will be delivered in 4 days, except that cards mailed to New York and New Jersey may require up to 6 days. Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam may require up to 7 days. Exclude Sundays and holidays from the count of days.
Cards mailed after the last mail pick up on any day are treated as if mailed on the next day that the post office is open.
The US Post Office tells its customers to expect that every First Class card or letter will be delivered in 3 days, or sooner, if the card or letter is both mailed and delivered within the 48 states. Delivery to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico is said to take 4 days and delivery to Guam 5 days.
In our experience, before Covid-19, many cards and letters mailed First Class did not meet those delivery times. Our experience was that First Class cards and letters were often being delivered in 4 days (6 days for Alaska, Hawaii Puerto Rico and 7 for Guam).
To the credit of the Post Office, most birthday cards within the 48 states are still being delivered in 4 days - even with Covid-19. But certain areas now seem to require more time for delivery.
Cards and letters sent First Class mail to New York and New Jersey may take up to 6 days. Cards and letters sent to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam may take up to 7 days. As before, exclude Sundays and holidays from the count of days.
If your birthday card or letter arrives late, you’re not going to feel great about it. So, if possible, mail your cards and letters a little sooner than you ordinarily might.