Extended hours at post offices are over, but they're still offering late curbside drop-off. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Bay Area post offices aren’t offering extended hours this year, but they’re still offering late curbside drop-off. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Internet has revolutionized the way most Americans file their taxes, and the days of long lines at the post office have largely come to an end.

What was once the Super Bowl for postal workers has been whittled down to little more than a blip on the radar between Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

“Due to the lower rate of filing coming in through the United States Postal Service, (Tax Day services) have been reduced,” said Deborah Brady, a regional spokeswoman for the USPS.

This is the first year that the USPS has stopped offering extended hours at Bay Area post offices on Tax Day. In previous years, at least a handful of offices would stay open until midnight.

But take heart, procrastinators, there are still some options for late-night paper filing. Several post offices have later hours as part of their normal schedule, and others are offering late curbside drop-off:

  • Oakland Main Post Office 1675 7th Street Oakland CA 94615 Retail Service: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Last mail collected from outside box: 10:00 p.m.
  • San Jose Main Post Office 1750 Lundy Dvenue San Jose CA 95101 Retail Service: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Last mail collected from outside box: 10:00 p.m.
  • Airport Station 660 Westfield Rd. South San Francisco CA 94128 Retail service: 8 p.m. Curbside mail collection: 10 p.m. (Mail must be stamped to get an April 15 postmark)
  • San Francisco P&DC 1300 Evans Ave. San Francisco CA 94120 Retail service: 8:30 p.m. Curbside mail collection: 10 p.m.¬†(Mail must be stamped to get an April 15 postmark)

All other post offices will be open according to the normal schedule available at USPS.com.

If you’re a late-night filer, it’s more important than ever that you get the correct postage on that mailing. The USPS offers this tip:

The first ounce (about three sheets of paper) on a letter-sized envelope is 49-cents. The first ounce on a larger flat-sized envelope (bigger than 6 1/8 inches X 11 1/2 inches) is 98-cents. Additional ounces are 21-cents each for both size mail pieces.

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