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Envío de Giros Postales

When sending money by mail, use money orders as a safe alternative to cash and personal checks. U.S. Postal Service® money orders are affordable, widely accepted, and never expire. Your money order receipt will help you track your payment and show proof of value in case the money order gets lost, stolen, or damaged.

You can buy or cash postal money orders at any Post Office location.

Envío de Giros Postales a Otros Países

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How to Send Domestic Money Orders

  1. Decide on the money order amount. You can send up to $1,000 in a single order anywhere in the United States.
  2. Go to any Post Office location.
  3. Take cash, a debit card, or a traveler’s check. You cannot pay with a credit card.
  4. Fill out the money order at the counter with a retail associate.
  5. Pay the dollar value of the money order plus the issuing fee.
  6. Keep your receipt to track the money order.

Money Order Standards and Guidelines (DMM 509.3)

Tarifas de los Giros Postales

Fees are based on the money order dollar amount.

Dollar Amount Tarifa

Desde $0.01 hasta $500.00


Desde $500.01 hasta $1,000.00


Giros Postales Militares (emitidos por instalaciones militares)


Receiving Money Orders – How to Spot a Fake

Antes de aceptar un giro postal, compruebe que sea auténtico. There are several key things to look at to spot a counterfeit money order.

Examine el Papel

Real USPS money orders have specific marks and designs to prevent fraud. If you hold the money order up to the light you should see:

  • Watermarks of Ben Franklin on the left side repeat top to bottom (circle 1 on image).
  • A la derecha de la marca de agua de Franklin, un cordón vertical multicolor con las letras “USPS” entra y sale del papel (círculo 2 en la imagen).

Verifique el Monto en Dólares

  • If the dollar amount is discolored, it may have been erased, indicating fraud (circle 3 on image).
  • Make sure the dollar amount is imprinted twice (circle 4 on image).
  • See if the dollar value is too large.
    • Los giros postales domésticos no pueden ser mayores que $1,000.
    • Los giros postales internacionales no pueden ser mayores que $700 ($500 para El Salvador y Guyana).

¿Sospecha que un Giro Postal es Falso?

  • Si sospecha que se ha cometido un fraude, comuníquese con el Servicio de Inspección Postal de los EE. UU. al +1-877-876-2455.
  • Si cree que le han entregado un giro postal falso, llame al Sistema de Verificación de Giros Postales al +1-866-459-7822.

How to Cash Domestic Money Orders

Domestic money orders never expire and they do not accrue interest. Money orders are cashed for the exact amount on the order.

You can cash a USPS money order at a Post Office for free. You can also cash them at most banks and some stores. Rural carriers may cash money orders if they have enough money on hand.

Cashing a Money Order at the Post Office

  1. Do not sign the money order.
  2. Take a primary photo ID with the money order to any Post Office location.
  3. Sign the money order at the counter in front of a retail associate.

See additional requirements for money orders made out to organizations, more than one person, and minors.

Cashing Money Orders (DMM 509.3.3)

Replacing Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Money Orders

Giros Postales Extraviados o Robados

You cannot stop payment on postal money orders, but a lost or stolen money order can be replaced.

  • Money order loss or theft may take up to 30 days to confirm.
  • Investigating a money order's lost or stolen status may take up to 60 days.
  • There is a $6.25 processing fee to replace a lost or stolen money order.
  • Search the Missing Money Order List.

Cómo Solicitar un Reembolso

  1. Take your money order receipt to any Post Office location.
  2. Talk to a retail associate at the counter to start a Money Order Inquiry.
  3. After starting the inquiry, you will be able to check the status of your money order and inquiry progress in the Money Order Inquiry System.
  4. When your money order is confirmed lost or stolen, we’ll issue you a replacement money order.

Giros Postales Dañados

Sustituimos los giros postales defectuosos o dañados. Take the damaged money order and your receipt to your local Post Office location to get a replacement.

Money Orders between the USPS & Japan Post

As of March 27, 2020, the Postal Service no longer sells international postal money orders destined for Japan. On March 31, 2020, we will stop cashing international postal money orders issued by Japan Post.

Siguientes pasos

Before March 31, visit a Post Office location to cash an international money order issued by Japan Post. On or after March 31, please return the money order to the sender.

On July 10, 2020, Japan Post will stop cashing international postal money orders issued by the Postal Service. (Japan Post stopped selling international postal money orders destined for the U.S. on December 31, 2019.)

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