How to Rent a P.O. Box

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When you have a P.O. box, your mail is sent to a locked box at the post office, bringing various advantages. It helps you stay organized while maintaining your privacy. You can access your box 24 hours per day at some locations. A box also eliminates the threat of people stealing mail from your mailbox. Thus, if you run a home-based business or are simply concerned about security, a PO box is a safe alternative.

Visit the United States Postal Service, USPS, website and hover your cursor over "Manage Your Mail." Click on "Get or Renew a PO Box."

Click on "Reserve a PO Box." Enter your zip code on the next page for a list of post offices near you. The USPS site tells you what sizes of P.O. box are currently available at each location and the prices. You may choose to rent one for six or 12 months at a time.

Fill out the requisite online forms, including payment forms, and pay with a major credit card. Print the form.

Take your form, the receipt USPS emails you and two forms of ID to the post office where you plan to rent. One form of ID must display your photo, like a driver's license or passport. The other must be a non-photo ID, like a lease or vehicle registration card.

Tips

  • If you do not have access to a computer, visit the post office where you want to rent and ask about completing an application.

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Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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