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How to Send a Money Order

Whether you need to send cash within the United States or internationally, a money order allows you to send funds safely and securely.


  • Step 1: Determine how much money you need to send Determine the exact amount of money you will need to send.
  • Step 2: Learn what the fee for the money order will be Visit your local post office or go online to to learn what the fee for the money order will be.
  • TIP: Know that fees are charged per money order. Be prepared if you are purchasing more than one.
  • Step 3: Have the total money order cost on hand Add the money order fee cost to the total amount of money you want to send for your total money order cost. Have this amount in cash, on a debit card, or in traveler's checks.
  • Step 4: Get the full name and mailing address of the recipient Get the full name and mailing address of the person who will be receiving your money order.
  • TIP: Be sure your international recipient lives in one of the 30 countries that accepts American postal money orders.
  • Step 5: Complete the money order form Complete the money order form, including your name and address as well as the name and address of the recipient.
  • Step 6: Pay for the money order, and mail it to the recipient Pay for the money order, and place it in a stamped envelope. Mail it to the recipient, knowing that the money will be securely sent.
  • FACT: To prevent fraud, 2 special security features are included in all United States postal money orders. There is a watermarked image of Benjamin Franklin embedded in the left side of the money order, and a thread marked with the letters "USPS" running to the right of that image.

You Will Need

  • Cash
  • debit card
  • or traveler's checks
  • Name and address of recipient
  • Stamped envelope

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