How To Determine Mail Box Location

If you have recently moved into (or are building) a new house that did not have mail delivery before, you need to know how to determine your precise mailbox location. It is very important when you are dealing with the United States Postal Service (USPS), which is a Federal Agency and governed by Federal Laws, to meet the exact specifications required to determine mailbox location. It is mandatory to meet these particular construction standards to receive mail delivery. The following steps will teach you how to determine mailbox location.

Things You’ll Need
Federally Approved Mailbox
Measuring Tape
Obtain your mailbox and verify its support. You can either purchase a “Postal Service (Postmaster) Approved” mailbox or you can create a custom one, which will need to be approved by your local postmaster. Make sure you have a post if needed or some other form of support for your mailbox, such as a fence or block structure. If the support is not part of your mailbox, make certain it is approved as well.

Contact your mail carrier or postmaster. There are numerous conditions concerning curbs, roads and other issues in various areas around the country. For this reason, it is advised that you contact your mail carrier or postmaster prior to setting up a mailbox. Ask them for any special requirements concerning the location of you mailbox.

Set up your mailbox in the correct location. A good rule of thumb (and suggestion from the USPS) to use when placing your mailbox is this: the measurement from the bottom of the mailbox to the surface should be between forty-one to forty-five inches.

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Residental Mail Box Rules

If you are looking to buy a new mailbox or to do some work and upgrade your current mailbox, follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Postal Service to ensure that you still receive your mail. While the post office does not sell mailboxes themselves, you can purchase a mailbox online or in a local department store in your community. Get approval from your local post office before moving your mailbox or mailbox support.

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Your mailbox should have your name on it. Your name should be at least 1 inch high; however, you are not allowed to have advertising on your mailbox.

Mailbox Height
Your mailbox should be approximately 41 to 45 inches in height from the road surface. If you are not able to put your mailbox at this height, contact the local post office branch for approval.

Location
Mailboxes should be placed on the right hand side of the road. This keeps the postman in the flow of traffic as he moves along the right side of the road. Mailboxes should be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb.

Newspaper holders
You are allowed to have a newspaper holder attached to your mailbox; however, this cannot extend beyond the mailbox, or interfere with the delivery of mail.

Locked Mailboxes
If you have a lock on your mailbox, make sure there is still a slot or opening that is large enough to accommodate your mail.

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