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How to Rent a Post Office Box

Edited byS.D.Wilkinson and 6 others

Sometimes a home address is too personal to give out or frequent relocation makes address changes burdensome. Renting a PO Box provides privacy and convenience in capturing one place to retrieve postal mail.


  1. There are lots of reasons to get a post office box. Maybe you have to because there is no delivery service to the house where you live. Maybe you have a business and want a special place for that mail. Maybe you want to write a letter to a friend or penpal, but don't want them to know your actual address. Maybe you just want your mail private and unavailable to anyone walking by. Whatever the reason getting a private mail box is easy.
  2. Find a place to rent a box. Besides the standard, United States Postal Service (USPS), there are several places to rent mail boxes: Grocery stores, Shipping establishments. Some have waiting lists. Plan ahead in order to get the location you want.
  3. Gather together three forms of I.D. (Driver's license, bank card, passport, Sheriff's I.D., mail with current address, birth certificate, S.S.number)These will work.
  4. Go to the business or Post Office and tell the counter person you want to rent a mail box. They will give you a small form to fill out. You can also apply for a post office box online at
  5. Be prepared to complete the application using a permanent address, which may still be required in order to rent a box.
  6. Duration of rental varies with availability. Options may include 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months. Discounts may apply with longer rentals.
  7. Determine size of mail box desired. This also affects cost.
  8. Method of payment depends on establishment. Think: checks, cash and credit cards. Cost can be around $40 per year for a small box.
  9. In choosing a site, plan ahead for when you will get rid of the mail box. Private companies will not forward mail. Yet, private companies accept courier service deliveries, while USPS does not.
  10. Pay the fee for the box. There is usually a dollar per key extra charge.
  11. They will give you a key and tell you the box number.
  12. Now you have a post office box.


  • If you plan to change your residence a lot, find a site with quick access to the freeway.
  • If this box is only for certain mail make sure you let them know the box is NOT a change of address.
  • Don't forget to check your box often, and if you will be away for a long period of time, contact the Post Office and ask them to hold the incoming mail.
  • If you are getting this box and it is not where you live, sometimes the process can take a couple days to verify who you are.
  • If ceasing to rent from a private company you cannot file a standard change of address with the USPS. You must notify senders of your new address. If the box is at a post office you can file a standard change of address to forward your mail.
  • Consider getting two keys up front, even if you are the only one checking for mail so that you have an extra for emergencies. Don't keep them on the same keyring.
  • Tell all your friends and family to send mail to your P.O. Box.
    • The address layout with the P.O. Box looks like this:


  • Your mail is private. Protect the key! There are fees for lost keys.
  • The USPS will not permit retrieval of mail if their bill is not paid. A reminder will be left in the box prior to the due date.

Things You'll Need

  • At least three forms of identification.
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Other mail with name and address
  • Sheriff's I.D.
  • Age: 18 or older





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