How to track a delivery to a post office box

Written by perry piekarski
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When shipping an item to a P.O. box, from something sold on eBay to an important business document, you never quite know where it is until it reaches its destination. With the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) Delivery Confirmation and tracking you never have to worry about whether an item reached its recipient safely. USPS offers several options of delivery tracking to help put you at ease.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Label the item for shipment, putting the shipping address and a return address on the package or envelope.

  2. 2

    Bring the item you're shipping to any U.S. post office. Visit the USPS website to locate a post office near you (link below).

  3. 3

    Ship the package using Delivery Confirmation, Signature Confirmation, or via Certified Mail. Delivery Confirmation is inexpensive and allows you to track your package up until delivery using Signature Confirmation works similar to Delivery Confirmation but also requires the recipient's signature before final delivery. With Certified Mail, you get the same features as Signature Confirmation. The USPS also assigns the item a unique number and keeps a record of the recipient's signature that you can request at a future date for an additional fee.

  4. 4

    Get the tracking number from the postal clerk when you choose your shipping method, pay and ship the item.

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    Check the tracking number of the item on the USPS website (link below). E-mail updates are also available if you sign up for them. Check the signature confirmation of the item here as well if you purchased the service.

Tips and warnings

  • Pricing varies depending on the size and weight of the item being shipped. Talk to your postman to help determine the best shipping option for you.
  • Delivery tracking must be purchased at the time of shipment. After the item is shipped, it can not be tracked unless you purchased tracking and delivery confirmation.

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