How Do I Go About Getting a PO Box?

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You can choose from different size PO boxes depending on the amount of mail you receive.
You can choose from different size PO boxes depending on the amount of mail you receive. (Image: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

If you are need of a separate and secure location for your mail, renting a PO Box from the United States Postal Service (USPS) is one option. The USPS offers PO box service for both personal and business uses. Some advantages of having a PO box include you receive your mail faster, you don't have to change the PO box address when you move, and 24-hour lobby access. With the proper form and identification, you can get a PO box from your nearest USPS.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo identification (driver's license, passport, government-issued photo ID)
  • Non-photo identification (car insurance documents, leasing papers, mortgage payments, voter's registration card)
  • USPS Form 1093

Download and complete the USPS Form 1093. If you wish to allow someone else to access the PO box, he or she must also fill out a copy of the USPS Form 1093 application.

Bring your form to your local USPS office, with two forms of identification. One of the IDs must be a photo, such as a driver's license or passport. Other forms of Identification that does not require a photo include car insurance documents, leasing papers, mortgage payments, and voter's registration card.

Tell the postal clerk the size preference for your PO box and pay the required fees for the box keys and space rental. Once you have paid, you will be assigned your PO box number and given your box keys. Instead of keys, some postal services will provide a combination lock for your box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always pay your renewal rental fees for your P.O. box on time. Failure to pay your fees will result in the postal service refusing to deliver your mail to the P.O. box. After a week and a half (approximately 10 days) of not paying, the post office will cancel your service.

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