|There are many benefits to getting a post office box. In addition to being a
safe and private way of collecting your mail at your own convenience, PO boxes
generally receive mail faster than your own home mailbox.
PO boxes can
also be a valuable tool when you move. For instance, if you are not sure of the
exact day that you will be moving into your new home, you can have your mail
sent to a PO box in the meantime. This way, it will be safe at the post office
rather than piling up in the mailbox at your empty home. Even if you already
have a PO box for business or other reasons, you may still need to know how to
get a new one when you relocate.
How to Apply
If you fill the application out online, you will first
be prompted to search for a post office in your area. After entering your
address, you will be presented with a list of nearby post offices. The list will
also display the different sizes of PO boxes available at each one.
If you decide to get a PO
box, the first step is to fill out an application. You can either pick up an
application card at any post office or fill out an online application
When filling it out,
you will have to provide your name, current address, telephone number, and the
names of any other people who will receive mail at the box and/or be authorized
to open it.
are five different boxes, ranging in size from 3” x 5.5” up to 22.5” x 12”. Not
all post offices have each size, and, even if they do, they might already be
occupied. Additionally, prices for the same-sized box can differ greatly between
the post offices of neighboring towns. While you might not mind paying more for
a box that is closer to your home, you may be able to get a better deal if you
travel a little further to get your mail.
TIP: When considering which post office to use,
check the hours that the PO box will be available to you. Some, but not all,
post offices have a 24-hour lobby.As you can see, there are many things to
consider when choosing a PO box. Just make sure you find a box and a post office
that best match your needs, location, and price range. Pay when you bring the
application into your chosen post office. When you bring in your application,
you will also need to provide two forms of identification. Once the paperwork is
completed, you will be given the key or combination to your new PO box.
Other ConsiderationsAfter you obtain your PO box, there are
several things to keep in mind regarding its usage and post office policies.
Though you will be given 20 days notice before a fee is due, if you do not pay
for your box on time, the post office will have to suspend service. If no
payment is made after an additional 10 days, your box service will be suspended
and any accumulated mail will be considered undeliverable.
Also, if the
amount of mail you regularly receive is too much for the size of your box, the
post office may require that you upgrade to a larger size or get another box.
You should also know that you will have to pay a small deposit of $2 to receive
keys to your box. When you decide to end your service and return the keys, you
will get this deposit back.