Rules for Location of Residential Mailboxes


Making sure the mail is delivered in a timely fashion is very important to most of us. If you are relocating, make sure your mailbox is properly located to ensure uninterrupted service.

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  • United States Postal Service policies require that mailboxes to be located on the right side of the road in the carrier's direction of travel in all cases where driving on the left side of the road would be a hazard to the driver or violate local traffic laws.


  • A curbside mailbox must be accessible by postal employees without leaving their vehicle. Obstacles must be removed from the area in front of the mailbox so the carrier has clear access.


  • The mailbox should sit back from the edge of the curb or roadside 6 to 8 inches. This distance is calculated from the road edge to the edge of the door of the mailbox when it is closed.


  • According to the United States Postal Service, the bottom of the mailbox should be 41 to 45 inches high. If conditions near your roadway prevent you from installing your mailbox at this height, contact your local postmaster for instructions.

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