International postal money order service is available to transfer funds to individuals or firms in countries that have entered into agreements with the United States Postal Service for the exchange of postal money orders. International postal money orders may be sent by Priority Mail Express International service, Priority Mail International service, First-Class Mail International service, or First-Class Package International Service.
The maximum amount for a single international postal money order is $700 unless noted otherwise in parentheses in Exhibit 371.2.
There is no limit on the number of money orders that may be sent to a payee during any time period. There is a limit on the total face value of money orders an individual customer may purchase on any one day (see DMM 509.3).
International postal money orders are exchanged with countries using the pink International Postal Money Order (Form MP1). Exhibit 371.2 lists the countries that accept this form. The maximum amount for a single postal money order is $700 unless noted otherwise in parentheses in Exhibit 371.2.
Countries Accepting the International Postal Money Order Form (MP1)
Antigua and Barbuda 2
Barbados 2, 3
British Virgin Islands 2
Cape Verde 1
Dominican Republic 1
El Salvador ($500) 1
Guyana ($500) 1
Jamaica 2, 4
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2
Saint Lucia 2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2
Sierra Leone 1
Trinidad and Tobago 4
(1) Albania, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Mali, and Sierra Leone will not issue money orders for payment in the United States.
(2) Effective October 1, 2021, the foreign post will stop selling international postal money orders destined for the United States. Likewise, effective October 1, 2021, the Postal Service will stop selling international postal money orders destined to the foreign post. Effective October 1, 2022, the foreign post will stop cashing international postal money orders issued by the Postal Service. Likewise, effective October 1, 2022, the Postal Service will stop cashing international postal money orders issued by the post.
(3) In Barbados the amount of the money due for payment will no longer be handwritten on Form MP1 (the form currently states "Amount To Be Written In Words") but will be electronically applied.
(4) Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will not issue money orders in U.S. dollars.
See Notice 123, Price List, for the money order fee for countries that accept Form MP1.
Use the pink International Postal Money Order (Form MP1) for money orders payable to the countries listed in Exhibit 371.2. Follow the issuance procedures in DMM 509.3.
When Form MP1 is used to send funds, the purchaser should complete the information requested on both the money order and the customer’s receipt. Follow the instructions for preparing domestic money orders in DMM 509.3 when using Form MP1.The Postal Service is not liable for money orders that are lost before the purchaser completes this information. Money orders may be made payable to the purchaser (either a person or a firm) or a payee by official title (e.g., Director of Publications).
Follow the instructions for preparing domestic money orders in DMM 509.3 when issuing Form MP1.
Valid postal money orders issued by countries listed in Exhibit 371.2 will be paid in accordance with the procedures for cashing domestic money orders (see DMM 509.3). However no international money order will be paid after the expiration of the validity date on the money order.
Report the facts concerning lost reissued money orders (e.g., an international money order sent to the United States by a foreign country and reissued on a domestic form to the payee in the United States) to the following address:
INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDER SECTION
ACCOUNTING SERVICE CTR
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 82414
ST LOUIS MO 63182–9421
Postal Service employees must not disclose information concerning money order transactions to any person except the purchaser, the payee, the endorsee, or a duly authorized agent of one of these. The Office of Accounting Postal Service Headquarters may authorize other requests only when the request concerns a specific money order or a specific party to a money order transaction and when accompanied by a valid court order. Send requests to the following address:
OFFICE OF ACCOUNTING
US POSTAL SERVICE
475 L’ENFANT PLZ SW
WASHINGTON DC 20260–5240
Use PS Form 6401, Money Order Inquiry, in accordance with DMM 509.3 when filing inquiries or requests for replacement of an International Postal Money Order (Form MP1). Only the purchaser may file and receive payment. Replacement will not be made before 6 months after the date of issuance.
Use PS Form 6401, Money Order Inquiry, in accordance with DMM 509.3 when filing inquiries or requests for replacement of reissued international postal money orders. The U.S. payee may file and receive payment.
See Notice 123, Price List, for the fee charged for each PS Form 6401, Money Order Inquiry. The fee is not required if PS Form 6401 is filed by a bank, other financial institution, government agency that processes money orders directly with the Federal Reserve Bank, or a Postal Service official engaged in official USPS business.