Postal & Print Services

FAQ: Shipping Questions and Restrictions

Frequently asked Questions and Restrictions about Shipping at MICA

Does MICA have a Notary?

No. MICA Does not have a notary public. We recommend FedEx Office Online Notary, or in person: M & T Bank at 7 Calvert St, at Calvert and Fayette (not walking distance), 410-539-3714. They help non-account holders and do not charge a fee to notarize. (The M & T at 715 N Howard, at Howard and Madison, DOES NOT have a notary on staff.)

Working from Home

Please contact Postal & Print to designate a recipient for your department's mailing, in order to keep bill payment and other financial processes running smoothly.

Pleas contact Postal & Print if you need to prepare a shipping label, give a vendor our FedEx or UPS account number or request that stamps be sent to your home and charged to your department for MICA mailings.

How do I know if I get a package?

When we scan a package after it arrives, you will receive a notification email to your MICA email address. Please check your email to make sure your package has arrived and is ready to pick up.

How do I know if I get a letter at my residence hall?

We do not scan letters or send out notification emails for letter mail (cards from grandma, checks, your new bank card, postcards from your friends). Please take the key you get at Orientation when you move into your room on-campus and check your physical mailbox, corresponding to your room number, to make sure your mail is there. There are a lot of full mailboxes we have to clear out and return mail for at the end of the year. Just saying.

What happens at the start of the semester?

Student that live on campus should wait to ship packages to their residence halls to arrive on or after the the day you move in, or not before August 21, 2024.

Returning students living off-campus can have packages sent to Postal & Print Services.

We recommend faculty email their copy jobs for class early, before the start of classes.

Staff ordering supplies for classes or for their departmental use are welcome to do so a week or so before classes start.

What happens at the end of the semester?

All students moving home should fill out a change of address form available at Postal & Print or online.

Update your address changes through the portal.

Be sure to stop by the front desk of your residence hall to see if there are any packages waiting for you.

Students who have graduated may no longer use MICA addresses to receive packages.

What happens over break?

Over Fall Break and Spring Break, mail and packages will continue to be delivered to residence halls, available for pick-up if you stay.

Over Winter Break, Residence Hall mail and packages will be held at Postal & Print Services until the start of classes in the spring. You will receive package notifications through our Pitney Bowes system to come to Bunting to pick up your packages if you remain on campus during break.

Please hold your Amazon Fresh orders for this time period. We reserve the right to dispose of any perishable food items we receive during break.

Postal & Print will bring all of the residence hall packages back to the residence halls on the first day of classes in the spring.

Feel free to temporarily forward your USPS mail to your home address using the USPS website. Be sure to update your paycheck address in the portal and your USPS shipping address at your online vendors to ensure timely delivery of your mail and packages.

What happens if I move?

If you change residence hall addresses, move off-campus or withdraw from MICA, please update your address information on the portal to make sure your subsequent mail and packages reach you.

What happens if I ship something and lose my tracking number and my package goes missing?

If you ship a letter or large envelope, you can request a Certified tracking number that will track the progress of your mail piece at the time of mailing.

1st-class packages, Priority and Priority Mail Express as well as FedEx, UPS and DHL shipments all come with tracking numbers that we can look up if they get lost.

If you drop off a package with a return label, we recommend taking a picture of the label before you ship to keep a record of your tracking number. We also scan tracking numbers of dropped off packages, but not the shipping information that goes with it.

Please email us with all the info you can: address, date and time you shipped the package, and we can probably look up your tracking number.

What’s the best way to ship something?

How to package your belongings for shipping

Small: Please ensure that your envelope or package is at least 3" x 5" so that it doesn't get lost in the mail

Large: We recommend UPS Ground for shipping heavy or large dimension packages.

Valuable: We can only insure packages with UPS, FedEx and DHL (International only). We recommend you insure your package for the full replacement value.

Fragile: We have spare cardboard and some lightly used packaging supplies. We also sell bubble wrap and packing paper. Please make sure you leave 2" of packaging material between the object and the outside of the box. Also be sure that when you lightly shake the package that no movement occurs inside.

A Computer: Wrap the computer in paper, put it in a small box. Wrap the box in bubble wrap and put it in another box. Insure the package with UPS shipping. Lithium Ion batteries can catch fire in the air, so please specific Ground.

Restrictions: Some items can be sent with UPS but not with USPS. The US Mail prohibits mailing: air bags, ammunition, explosives, gasoline and marijuana (medicinal or otherwise) and has restrictions on other materials (ergo MICA Postal & Print cannot ship): Aerosols, alcohol, tobacco and vape products, cremains, dry ice, fire arms, flammable glues, hand sanitizer, hemp products (CBD), live animals, matches, medicines/prescription drugs (including some OTC medications),  nail polish, toxic/flammable paint, perishable items (live animals, food, and plants-ship at your own risk), poisons and toxic or radioactive materials.

UPS prohibits shipping cash, fireworks, hazardous waste, human remains or body parts, ivory, marijuana, postage stamps, shark fins and vape products. UPS can ship the following items, but MICA Postal & Print cannot: alcohol, animal products (mother of pearl, snakeskin, etc), articles of high/unusual value, ammunition, biological substances (human or animal specimens), dangerous goods, firearms and weapons, furs, gold and other precious metals, hemp or CBD, live animals, perishables, personal effects (at own risk), and tobacco.

FedEx has specific things that are prohibited to send to specific countries. For domestic shipping, FedEx restricts firearms, artwork, archeological artifacts, antiquities, biological agents, self-inflating life rafts, lithium ion batteries, dry ice, flowers, fresh food, gems, hazardous, dangerous or radioactive materials, medical devices, microchips, computer chips, one-of-a-kind/irreplaceable articles such as artwork between $250K and $500K, pharmaceuticals, precious metals (gold, silver and platinum), retail tobacco products.