A mailing address is something that every business needs to have because it adds a level of credibility. If you are a small or home-based business, providing your physical home address to your customers or clients can appear rather unprofessional. It can also cause your privacy to be invaded. By setting up a mailing address that is specifically designated for business purposes, the customer wins because he can communicate with you. You also win because your privacy is no longer an issue.
Setting Up the Address Online
Visit the United States Postal Service (USPS) website. Click the “All Products & Services” tab that is located at the top of the page.
Click the “Online Services” box that is located near the bottom of the page. Select “Go” in the “Get Started Now” section.
Complete the “Search for a New P.O. Box” form fields. After entering your address in the fields, click “Search” to find a P.O. Box that is close to your location.
Select the box size you desire and the period of time you want to rent the box. Click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
Click the “Sign Up” button to sign up as a new online user. You will be able to select a username, password and account type.
Complete the online “Form 1093” Application for Post Office Box. You will have to provide information such as your name, title, type of mailbox requested, business name, additional authorized mailbox users and your current mailing address. Be sure to select “Business” as the type of mailbox requested. Print your Form 1093 for your business records.
Complete the online “Form 1093,” Application for Post Office Box. You will have to provide information such as your name, title, type of mailbox requested, business name, additional authorized mailbox users and your current mailing address. Be sure to select “Business” as the type of mailbox requested. Print your Form 1093 for your business records.
Visit a local Post Office to pay your mailbox rental fee. You will have to show acceptable identification to the Post Office representative. One of the IDs must be a photo ID. Examples of acceptable IDs include a driver's license, state identification card, military ID, passport, lease, voter registration card and insurance policy. The identification documents must be current. Once you have paid your fees and presented your IDs, the Post Office representative will provide you with the keys to your business mailbox.
Setting Up the Address in Person
Visit your local USPS office.
Advise the Post Office representative that you would like to obtain a mailing address for your business.
Complete “Form 1093” Application for Post Office Box Service.
Show your two forms of identification to the Post Office representative (see list of acceptable forms of identification in step 8 of section 1).
Pay the rental fee to activate your business mailing address. The Post Office representative will then provide you with the keys to your mailbox.
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