How to Stop Current Resident Mail

by Tiffany Rose
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Stopping current resident mail is possible, but requires a little work. Our name and address is sold for marketing purposes on a daily basis. Names and addresses are collected from warranty cards, contest forms, catalogs, purchases, credit card companies, and a variety of other sources. If you submit your name and address for anything related to purchases, charities or contests, you are very likely going to receive junk mail relating to these interests. Stopping junk mail starts with contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)--the leading representative in the direct marketing community.

By U.S. Mail

Step 1

Address a postcard or letter to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 15012-0643.

Step 2

Write your name and address on the card. You can include the names of three household members at your address.

Step 3

Write a message to activate the “mail preferential service” for the names you listed at your address.

Step 4

Include a check or money order for $1, made payable to the DMA.

Mail the postcard/letter and expect less junk mail after 60-90 days.

By Internet Form

Step 1

Print and fill out the form found on the DMA Web site: https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/static/pdf/registration_form.pdf

Step 2

Write a check, or money order, for $1 payable to the DMA.

Mail the form, along with payment, to the address listed on the form.


  • Don’t fill out any warranty card that is not necessary.
  • Don’t enter contest boxes at malls or events.
  • Ask that your name not be sold whenever you talk to a credit card company or service provider.

Items you will need

  • Postcard or Paper and envelope
  • Computer with Internet connection (optional)
  • Printer (optional)

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