Is opening other peoples' mail a crime?
- It is a Federal crime and up to 10 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine to hide keep or open others peoples mail without
permission if you are reported you will want to return the mail to
the post office. This is true even if the person the mail is
addressed to lives in the same household.
- Even the person who delivers your mail and keeps any mail or
ceases to deliver that mail and keeps it can lose their job, fine
or put in prison. If an envelope is addressed to two people then
either of those two people have the right to open that mail.