Drop boxes is a box designated for the collection of items of mail from the general public. Also known as postboxes, the often blue mailboxes are provided by the United States Post Office for outgoing mail. There are several styles of mailboxes, including the blue "snorkel-style" boxes designed for access by drivers, while others are designed to allow for the dropping off of boxes for Priority Mail, such as the courier-style boxes. Due to the increasing use of electronic communications for most mailing needs, the USPS is decreasing the number of drop boxes that it maintains due to a lack of need.
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Go online and point your browser to http://usps.whitepages.com/post_office, a website maintained by the USPS that lists all registered post offices and collection boxes.
Click on the link entitled, "Collection Boxes," on the drop-down menu under the heading, "What are you looking for?"
Click on the "Search" button on the right-hand side of the page.
Enter your information in the form beneath, "Near what location?" and click on the Search button. The next page will list the location of collection boxes for the area specified.
Tips and warnings
- You can also phone the USPS at (800) 275-8777 to speak with a customer service representative who will give you a list of the drop boxes near you.
- If the package that you are mailing is urgent, be sure to mail the package before the last collection time of the drop box you plan to use. You can find this information by clicking on the mailbox icon on the map page of your location search.
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