The best first step to stop most unwanted mailings is to visit and click on “Get Started.” You’ll have to provide your name and address, of course. The website pledges these won’t be used to generate more junk mail.
Within two months, mailings should stop from many members of the Direct Marketing Association. But not from companies that you already do business with — you’ll have to contact them directly. You can also mail opt-out requests with a $1 personal check or money order to:
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
The stop lasts three years — and then you should sign on again to renew your request. To completely cover your bases, consider these other opt-out options for specific types of mailings:
You’ll be asked for your birth date and Social Security number. You should of course be very wary of disclosing such confidential information under any circumstances. But you can have some confidence giving it this time — the site is run by the main credit reporting bureaus, which already have your date of birth and Social Security number. Moreover, the site does not require that you give this information, but says that with the data in hand it will most likely be able to successfully stop your mailings.
Catalogs. To end mailings of select catalogs, contact the mail-order company or select individual companies from a menu at the nonprofit site Catalog Choice.
List brokers. These companies pool personal information from phone books and public records such as real estate documents, tax files and birth certificates to sell mailing lists to all types of businesses. Write to each listed below, requesting that your name be removed from all of their mailing and telemarketing lists; you can get preprinted forms at this website.
901 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521
R.L. Polk & Co. / Name Deletion File