How to Buy a USPS Money Order

How to Buy a USPS Money Order. USPS money orders have been a trusted way to send money for years. In addition to protecting money using various security features, they also protect the customer if the money order is ever lost or damaged. Learn how to buy a USPS money order by reading the following tips.

Step 1

Visit an official USPS station. If you live in a rural area, you may also purchase money orders from your local rural route carrier.

Step 2

Ask to purchase a money order from a postal employee. Indicate whether you need a domestic or international money order.

Step 3

Specify the denomination of the money order. Money orders can be made up to $1,000. Provide a government- or state-issued form of identification if you are purchasing money orders that total over $3,000. International money orders can only be made for a maximum amount of $700.

Step 4

Pay for your money order using cash, a traveler's check or a debit card.

Step 5

Use your money order as you see fit. USPS money orders are valid for an indefinite amount of time, so you can use it immediately or at a later date.

Step 6

Look into replacing your postal money order if it is ever lost or damaged. This may be done at any post office.


Fill out your money order as soon as you receive it to ensure that it can't be used by an unauthorized person. Have someone cash your money order at a bank, financial institution or another post office. Money orders sent to Canada can be made out in the amount of $1,000.