How to get your money order cashed right now

If you receive a postal money order, you can redeem its face value by cashing it.

There is no advantage in keeping a postal money order for a long time, since it doesn’t earn interest and cannot be used directly to make a purchase.

Medium Brush Stroke

Here’s how to cash a money order at the post office for free:

1. Bring the money order and a photo ID to a post office service counter. 2. Sign the money order in view of the postal worker. (Do not sign it ahead of time.) 3. You will immediately receive the cash value of the money order.

Medium Brush Stroke

You can cash a postal money order in certain places outside the post office. Many banks will cash postal money orders, as long as you have an account there. Some grocery stores and retailers will cash money orders, too.


Finding a financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free quiz matches you with fiduciary financial advisors in your area or who serve your area. If you are ready to be matched with financial advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, take the quiz now.