A Guide to USPS Mailbox Regulations

The United States Postal Service (USPS) requires residential mailboxes to conform to a number of rules and regulations. The standardization of mailboxes helps to ensure the safety of mail carriers and the items they deliver. While some rules apply to all mailboxes in general, there are separate, specific regulations for locking, package or wall mount mailboxes.

General USPS Requirements for Curbside Residential Mailboxes

USPS Mailbox Regulations

USPS mailbox regulations for in ground and surface mount post installation.

  • All manufactured mailboxes must meet the internal and external dimension requirements of the USPS.
  • Curbside mailboxes must be placed on the right-hand side of the road and facing outward so that mail carriers can access it easily without leaving their vehicle.
  • The box or house number on a mailbox must be represented in numbers that are at least 1 inch tall. Numbers must be positioned visibly on the front or flag side of the box.
  • Mailboxes must be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb; the incoming mail slot or door must be 41 to 45 inches from the ground.
  • Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than 24 inches deep and made from wood no larger than 4 inches high by 4 inches wide. Steel or aluminum pipes with a 2-inch diameter are also acceptable.
  • Newspaper receptacles may be mounted on the same post as the mailbox, but they must not contact it directly or be supported by it.

USPS Regulations for Locking Mailboxes

Locking mailboxes effectively prevent theft of incoming mail. They must meet the same functional requirements as standard mailboxes and must be approved by the postmaster. All Mail Boss curbside boxes are USPS approved.

  • Slots for incoming mail must be at least 1.75 inches high by 10 inches wide.
  • Protective flaps on locking mailboxes must be oriented inward so that mail carriers can place mail into the slot without additional effort.
  • Locking mailbox slots must be large enough to hold the resident’s normal daily volume of mail.
  • Slots must also be large enough to accommodate unfolded US Priority Envelopes.
  • Locks cannot be used on contemporary or traditional mailbox designs.
  • USPS carriers do not open locked mailboxes and do not accept mailbox keys.
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USPS Regulations for Package Mailboxes

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  • Dimensions for an approved package mailbox are no larger than 22 1/2 inches long, 8 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches high.
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Wall Mount Mailboxes are convenient in areas where postal carriers travel on foot. They are also helpful for residents who are physically impaired.

  • The USPS does not have specific dimension requirements for wall mount mailboxes, but local codes and regulations may apply.
  • Customers should seek advice from their local postmaster or mail carrier before installing a wall mount mailbox to ensure proper placement and uninterrupted mail delivery.
  • The flap on a wall mount mailbox should operate smoothly and reliably.
  • Mail carriers must have safe and unobstructed access to the mailbox.
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  1. Terry Dutton on March 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I have a mailbox that is made of standard side post that has been ran into by neborhood
    vehicles 3 times in the last 3 months. I thinking of putting up a steel 4×4 tubular post. If I’m paying for this why does it have to be made of wood?

    • Brad Post on September 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      A mailbox owner can end up facing a lawsuit in the event of motor vehicle accedent damange and/or injuries from a mailbox not installed in accordance with USPS regulations. Mailboxes account for 70 – 100 deaths a year. The post has to be able to break or bend if hit by a vehicle. So the priority is not places on your personal inconvience or cost but on the safety of the people hitting it. Don’t kill the messenger. 🙂

      • Troy on November 21, 2019 at 12:48 pm

        That’s the dumbest crap I ever heard. If someone is going to run off the road into my mail box, chances are they will be hurt but just the event of running off the road. What if they hit a tree on my yard? Can they sue the tree?

        • Retired Attorney on December 28, 2019 at 3:55 am

          If you planted the tree in the road easement (usually about ten feet from the curb) then yes, you could lose a lawsuit if it injured someone. Mailboxes are generally in the road or street easement. There are limits. You cannot put things either intended to injured, or could foreseeable injure, in the road right-of-way.

          • john on January 3, 2020 at 11:27 pm

            How do the brick mailboxs give way like a 4×4.

          • Shandari on January 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm

            If you re-read the regulations, a post can be used with a 2-inch diameter. That would be equivalent to a chain link fence-post. Also, the person or persons who damaged the post and or mailboxes are required to fix and or replace them. They are part of your private property. If someone is injured when they hit the mailbox it is the same as getting injured doing anything else on your property. In California to Los says that they can hold you responsible. That’s really for the courts to decide if it goes to that extreme. Again, don’t shoot the messenger. This is the way the law is written. Check laws near State we’re injuries on private property. Otherwise use a fence pole it works best. They’re made of iodized metal so they don’t rust.

          • Holli on January 29, 2020 at 5:22 am

            I live down a dirt road where I’m putting up a mailbox for my private road how far off of the road do I need to put my mailbox and how tall does it have to be please

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on January 30, 2020 at 11:41 am

            Hi Holli, thanks for your inquiry. First off, check with your local post office to determine the proper physical location of your curbside mailbox. Then, the standard regulations apply. Make sure the incoming mail slot of the box is 6-8 inches away from the edge of the road surface, and 41-45 inches above the level of the road surface. If you are using our mounting post and curbside box, then that would place the top of the installed post at roughly 33-35 inches. Good luck, and feel free to call or email us with any technical questions.

          • Richard on February 22, 2020 at 10:56 am

            Do you know how far back from a stop sign your mailbox needs to be here in Arizona specifically

          • Ryan Smith on April 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

            If mailboxes are considered private property and someone who is not authorized to be on my property hits my mailbox why would I be liable for physical damages? Basically they are considered trespassing on my property and then ran into my mailbox.

            So you are saying then if someone breaks into my house to rob me and I shoot them in self-defense I am liable for bodily harm?

          • Retired Engineer on april 28,2020 on April 28, 2020 at 5:43 pm

            So does the above mean that I can sue the City or State for having a gutter if I accidentally run into it?

          • VINCE on May 27, 2020 at 11:10 am

            I have an issue with a substitute letter carrier that will not pick up my outgoing mail.

          • Lynda Walker on December 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm

            Of you meet all the other requirements can you move your mailbox from one side of your driveway to the other?

          • Carole Reb on March 19, 2022 at 8:07 am

            Hi I have a question, I live in Elkridge, MD. In a community called Quail Ridge, under Residential Reality. I want to know who pays for new mailboxes with 15 slots? Our HOA says its the post office and the post office is saying its the HOA.

            Carole Reb

            I have asked other lawyers for their help on this and heard nothing back.

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on March 22, 2022 at 10:21 am

            Hi Carole. Sometimes, the USPS will subsidize the costs of new HOA cluster style mailboxes, and other times they will ask the HOA to cover the cost entirely. I’m not sure that there is a standard answer to this question, or at least I do not know it. Best of luck! Cheers, Gabe

          • Legislative Researcher on March 25, 2022 at 3:25 am

            The Federal Highway Administration gives recommendations through approved mail and sign support vendors/manufacturers. In my state the Dept of Transportation gives guidance that it is generally acceptable to have a mail box support made of metal with the STRENGTH of a 2in diameter steel pole. That gives a lot of latitude. Also, in the federal statutes 18 USC 1705 makes it a crime to willfully destroy or vandalize a mail box. I couldn’t find any other federal statute regarding destruction of mail boxes. It would be up to the individual states or localities to set laws for support size and who would be liable. If there are no applicable laws I would think under normal civil procedure if a car hits a mail box encased in concrete, the driver would generally be liable for any destruction of property. I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. I have just interpreted my own research into the matter.

        • Carol Spaw on January 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm

          Are schools required to have. Large mailbox if they get lots of mail and pkgs?

          • Carl on February 19, 2020 at 12:04 pm

            My mailbox and several others are located on a different road than the one we live on. Can we move the boxes to our road?

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on February 20, 2020 at 4:44 pm

            Hi Carl, thanks for reaching out. That will depend on your mail carriers route. You’re going to want to reach out to your local post office / post master to work with them on determining a solution. Regards, and good luck!

          • Susan Smith on August 13, 2020 at 2:03 pm

            If previous tenant refuses to file a change of address, and continues to come on to my property (4months) now to pick up his mail, how do I handle this?

          • Todd on November 19, 2020 at 7:33 am

            If I moved to a different house that had a mailbox that has been there for 20 years inside the driveway off of the yard, and the post office asks me to move it to the road, do I have to move it? I have little kids that get the Mail and I’m nervous to have them go out and get it on the busy road that goes past my place.

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on November 20, 2020 at 11:19 am

            Hi Todd, I would recommend having a chat with your local mail carrier, and/or speaking to your local postmaster, they should be able to help you with this issue.

            If you end up needing to move your box closer to the roadside, consider our Street Safe or Street Safe – Latitude boxes, as they have rear keyed access to help you safely retrieve your mail away from traffic.

          • Rosie on June 10, 2021 at 9:31 am

            I didn’t know where to write my complaint about the carrier in our area which I’m from Cahokia Illinois and the carrier wants to walk across my grass a d floweres to go to the next yard and I moved here about 8 months so I loves a pretty yard and I told him no so he
            Just kept walking across my yard ignoring what I asked him not to do so I reported him and had my grandson moved the box on the side of the garage. Well he went and told a lie to the post office and now they are holding my mail and want release it to us but when my neighbor saw him jerk my mailbox down he told the post office it fell down which was a lie I have neigbors that mailbox is down and he don’t have no ault against them my one neighbor said he’s been walking across peoples yards for years but when all white lived in the area he didn’t do it yes I’m mixed but you know they consider me black which I don’t care I’m a retired RN and he will respect my grass flowers and yard at first when I reported he it was like they were going to ask him to stop now my grandson has secured my mailbox again and they still want release my mail even when I go to the main postoffice to pick it up I want to know what can be done before I seek my lawyer to see what can be done about it I’m nit a roudy person but I demand respect for what and where I live bc if I go to your neighborhood I’m going to respect your property but first thing they will do is called the police on us my son is a lawyer and I will seek advice from him before he recommend me to someone by him living in Canton Georgia also my niece is a field supervisor over many offices I will be seeking advice from her also because I think this is rediculious so if anyone have any advice please feel free to reply to my text thank you and have a nice day

        • Daniel Ortes on January 19, 2020 at 5:51 am

          Fire Hydrants, and highway road signs are also designed to sheer off, without injuring the occupants of a vehicle. Safety and human life are worth far more than low-cost infrastructure.

          What if your wife, son, daughter, partner hit my I-BEAM mounted mailbox, and their vehicle was cut in half, killing them all in a fiery accident?

          • Fred Wright on May 20, 2020 at 3:40 am

            Look, my mailbox is 36″x36″ masonry with a solid concrete interior reinforced with rebar. Quite a few of my neighbors have a similar setup. The maximum speed in my development is 20 mph and there is a concrete curb, this is FAR safer than passing oncoming traffic at 55 mph. People have to calm down and be realistic.

          • Dottie Palamara on June 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

            Our mailbox, along with three neighbors’ are all welded to a metal post (over 65 years old). We want to upgrade to a locked box. Does everyone attached to that post also have to do this?

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on June 5, 2020 at 2:10 pm

            Hi Dottie, not everyone will have to switch to a locked mailbox, but it will be easier and more streamlined if everyone installs in the same fashion.

            Let us know if we can help, our spreader bar might be able to be simply attached to your existing post. Send us a picture / inquiry at: Info@mailboss.com and we’ll take a look and try to get you a better answer.

          • Karl Cooler on July 22, 2020 at 5:19 pm

            I have court order vacating an easement for my neighbor to stop using my driveway. I want to have home move his mailbox located at the entrance to my property. How do I get this done?

          • Frank on July 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm

            Maybe your wife, son, daughter, or partner should have been driving at a safe speed, watching where they were going, not texting, or they should have been un-inebriated. If I want a mailbox made out of 12 inch thick stainless steel and it is on my property, then, it should be nobody’s business.

          • Marvin Jay Mulford on December 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

            I have read all the comments about hitting mail boxes.
            However no one has address the snowplow smashing mail boxes. The state hwy office claims that my box is installed on the state hwy right of way and say sorry but we won’t fix .
            So that means the plow driver can smash down my box as frequently as he wants and I must replace it out of my pocket. I feel that if the driver can’t control his plow, he should be fired.. so what can one do in this case?

          • Mike on July 2, 2021 at 4:46 am

            Record this Idiot mail person walking across your lawn and flowers and bring that to your lawyer or send it to the post office. If that doesn’t work i would get and train a Pit Bull and secure him on a runner on your lawn so it can’t reach the mailbox but pretty much every where else.

          • David Thompson on September 16, 2021 at 1:35 pm

            Uhhh, Maybe they should hv stayed on the roadway. Using your logic if they run off the road and hit my house and are killed, Im at fault for hvg a house put there??? You run off the road….the negligence is on you! Where does accountabilty begin???!

        • Ryan on February 6, 2020 at 3:44 pm

          As long as you haven’t planted a tree with roots that extend more than 24” into the ground. The tree must be able to break in the even of an accident. Otherwise, you may be liable, you arborist monster!

          • David Thompson on September 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm

            Uhhh, Maybe they should hv stayed on the roadway. Using your logic if they run off the road and hit my house and are killed, Im at fault for hvg a house put there??? You run off the road….the negligence is on you! Where does accountabilty begin???!

        • Deb on February 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

          Agree with you, I am tired of mine getting hit. I am moving mine back but putting a super heavy duty post.

          • Cindi Schriver on August 18, 2020 at 7:59 am

            How many mail boxes are allowed to be put in front of a house? We have 11 now.
            Thank you

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on August 18, 2020 at 8:40 am

            I don’t believe there is an official rule regarding the amount of boxes that can be placed in front of a house or property… however this could depend on your locality. I would suggest reaching out to your local post office or even post master if you are concerned about the placement of a mailbox.

          • Aly on March 4, 2021 at 8:56 pm

            How fast does a vehicle have to be going to destroy a really big brick mailbox placed very close on a curved road?

          • Judithsbragia on March 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

            The post office poured a cement slab at the entrance of my driveway. It is approximately 8”” from our fence. They have since relocated the slab and cluster box, but left the cement. We were not informed of the pouring and fastening bolts protrude from the cement. We are concerned not only about leaving a mess at our entrance but as a safety issue. They say they will clean it up but it has been since last May. How can we get this taken care of quickly?


        • Alex Caemmerer 3rd on March 1, 2020 at 10:25 am

          Yes, if they are injured hitting a tree on your property, they can sue you for damages. This has been true in the USA since the US Constitution was ratified. If they break into your home to rob you and cut themselves on the window glass they can sue you for damages including pain and suffering (providing they are willing to fess up to the crime).

          • CJ on March 14, 2020 at 5:43 pm

            Not really. They can sue you for putting in a shotgun to automatically shoot you when the open a bedroom door. They cannot sue you for foreseeable and natural consequences of the illegal act. They are a trespasser not an invited guest. If you do things like “Home Alone” then they could sue you for assaulting them, as long as you had no need to fear for your life under the circumstances. Also, I had a case where the owner of a rural mailbox had it damaged multiple times. He did as the gentleman wanted to do. The kids, after graduation from high school, went down the road knocking down mailboxes. His was anchored by cement and a steel post welded and screwed to the top. The kids were found guilty, but he was also found guilty of a FEDERAL crime for having a non-conforming mailbox. Also, for assault with bodily injury in criminal court. Then he was sued by the parents of the kid because guess what…he had a baseball scholarship, full ride, and he broke his arm and shoulder and lost the scholarship. Don’t set yourself up for a very painful downfall, Troy. Plus, you have knowledge already, making your act willful and bringing any harm to a higher level of culpability. Not worth it. Put in some cameras instead and catch the idiots. And no, you cannot be generally sue for someone hitting a tree on your property unless you planted it in the right of way easement owned by the city, county, or town. That would mean YOU are the trespasser, and but for your illegal tree the person would not have been injured. Check the ordinances in your area..

          • Mike on May 30, 2020 at 4:35 am

            If they break into my house and cut themselves on the glass they just broke, that would be the very least of their problems, LOL

        • Gary Tuesburg on March 30, 2020 at 4:07 am

          They will get a slick attorney and sue you

          • David Thompson on September 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

            Robbery? What Robbery are you refering to officer? No burglar here. Im just out here enjoying my new in-ground pool. Investigation closed….no “concrete” evidence.

        • Joan caballero on May 1, 2020 at 11:03 am

          I need to know how can i move my mail box cause the neighbors park in front of it and the mail man won’t stop

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on May 4, 2020 at 10:18 am

            Hi Joan, thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about the parked cars in front of your mailbox. That seems to be quite a common issue, especially in cities and suburbs. You might try mounting a ‘No Parking’ on or by your mailbox to deter parkers if you haven’t already… The resources for your situation are going to vary by locality, so check in on the legality of mailbox blocking in your area and report to the proper authorities if possible. Finally, you can always reach out to your local post office/ post master to see what they might recommend for your specific circumstance. Good luck!

          • Frances Haak on May 16, 2020 at 12:17 pm

            How far away from a fire hydrant must a mailbox be?

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on May 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

            Hi Frances, thanks for the great question! Since fire codes vary by city, county and state, this would be a question best asked to your local post office or fire station. Good luck, let us know the answer for your locality if you get the chance, and stay safe!

          • Glen on January 29, 2021 at 9:07 pm

            How many high speed carriages and backboards hit trees because they were texting in 1789?

        • Lawrence Cline on May 9, 2020 at 10:37 am

          Be ready for this my brother, If even driving drunk they go off the road and hit your tree the property owner can be sued for failing to prevent a vehicle from hitting the flipping tree. Now I think the mailbox issue is a laugh. Have a cold one and ponder that,.

        • Dave Ledford on May 22, 2020 at 6:18 am

          I agree. A bunch of BS. If you hit my mailbox drunk and get hurt.You can sue ME. Ive been in my house for 5 yrs. Im about ready to replace my mailbox for the 3rd time. 1st time a drunk driver,my conclusion .Because of tracks from my yard to the next. Now,the mailman keeps pushing over and over. Know way he doesnt know. Ive taken pics. So,i was going to build a mailbox to stop you in your tracks.Then i was told about being sued. So,you run on my property,destroy my property.But,i can be sued.

          • Marvin Jay Mulford on December 26, 2020 at 11:39 am

            I have read all the comments about hitting mail boxes.
            However no one has address the snowplow smashing mail boxes. The state hwy office claims that my box is installed on the state hwy right of way and say sorry but we won’t fix .
            So that means the plow driver can smash down my box as frequently as he wants and I must replace it out of my pocket. I feel that if the driver can’t control his plow, he should be fired.. so what can one do in this case?

          • Michelle on January 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm

            Report your mailman to your local postmaster!

        • leonard malott on July 7, 2020 at 10:48 am

          not the tree but you for putting the tree there

        • Christy Gurley on August 24, 2020 at 8:03 am

          I own a piece of property that has an older house on it. Is it required to have a mailbox at that location since nobody will be living there?


          • Michelle on January 24, 2021 at 10:19 pm

            No, Christy, it is not

        • deerflyguy on September 2, 2020 at 5:07 pm

          That explanation isn’t dumb at all! Assuming that a tree in your yard gets hit by someone isn’t a valid argument at all. The tree is in your yard and no one has any given right to drive into your yard and hit your tree. Hitting a mailbox – in the highway right-of-way – shouldn’t happen, but those who wrote the regulations also decided that a mailbox must be made of materials which would limit vehicle damage and personal injury. If someone builds his mailbox out of unforgiving materials, then he has failed to adhere to the standards and could well be sued for establishing a deadly fixed object (DFO) in the highway right-of-way. Likewise, the municipality in charge of the highway along which the mailbox was placed could be sued as well for allowing it to be there! What is allowed to be placed in the highway right-of-way is subject to the rules of the municipalities involved, as well as the USPS! Building mailboxes out of ANY materials which if struck by an errant vehicle might cause injury to anyone involved is absolutely forbidden for the very reasons that the commenter stated. That includes side rails that adorn driveway entrances, which might look very nice, but to highway departments and the laws of most states, are considered DFO’s. I know this to be fact because I worked 35 years in the NYSDOT and ran across similar occurrences many times during my career which I had to have rectified by either the property owners or state forces. Objects which either are not condoned (like ornamental masonry or solid wooden driveway guide rails) or are allowed with restrictions (like mailboxes) must limit the possibilities of injury to the traveling public. You, as an adjacent property owner, who is suffering monetary loss because your mailbox is being struck, again and again, should review the location of your post as perhaps it could, and should, be relocated to a safer place? It would seem that you have a problem that given some thought might involve a solution that isn’t readily apparent to us due to missing information? Since vehicles aren’t supposed to drive off the roadway, they must be doing so in order to hit someone’s mailbox?
          You have every right to establish a mailbox along a rural thoroughfare, just as long as you adhere to standards of state law and USPS regulations!

        • Milord on November 1, 2020 at 5:20 pm

          In a word, yes.

        • Tracy on January 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

          Yes Troy. The tree is derooted and taken to court.

        • CSS on January 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm

          I don’t know how to add a new comment so I’m replying. So recently my mailbox broke bc the wood froze from bad weather. I can’t fix it bc it has to be a post in the ground, and the ground is frozen solid . Any tips??? The mailman left a note asking for it to be fixed but offered no solutions.

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on January 25, 2021 at 3:10 pm

            Hi CSS, thanks for your comment. As long as there is some 4×4 post exposed, you could purchase our 38″ Mounting Post and attach it to that exposed wood post using Lag Screws. Then, when spring comes and it thaws, you can remove the bolts and sink our post into the ground, pour some fast-setting concrete and voila! Just make sure your post is at the right height, or at least close. Cheers and good luck!

        • Human person on April 4, 2021 at 8:15 am

          Last week a young lady fell asleep and ran through our mailbox. She was drowsy and fell asleep. The mailbox perfectly split in two, and she is okay. I can say definitively I’m happy the worst that happened is she took out my properly installed mailbox, and she was okay.

          • Cathy Womble on March 8, 2022 at 5:45 am

            I’m glad she is ok too. I was thinking about all these mean spirited comments and yes, the 16-year-old should not have been texting, but does he deserve to die? Sheesh. Also what if the drunk driver runs a completely innocent law abiding citizen off the road and that person, through no fault of his own, hits the mailbox. Does he deserve to die? Good grief. I get it. It’s not fair they have to keep replacing the mailbox or posts but it’s not an offense worthy of death.

        • Jachin on April 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm

          Hi Troy, I am planning on making my own mail box, can my dimension be
          11 1/2” h, 12 1/2 “w, 15 1/4 “L? Thanks

        • Jim on May 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

          The above didn’t say the 2” steel pipe couldn’t mostly be solid. Or filled with something as pipes are.

        • Rowsdower on June 14, 2021 at 7:21 pm

          Don’t worry too much. There is pretty much nothing you are going to build that wont give way to a vehicle. Physics will win here. If you are able to build something as strong as a large rooted tree – you are simply awesome.

        • Jeffrey on March 17, 2022 at 11:36 am

          Yeah… it’s a LIVE OAK

      • Benjamin on November 24, 2019 at 8:02 am

        What a stupid response. If someone hits a tree in my front yard and dies, I’m not liable for their death for putting a tree in their path. You are perfect within your right to protect your property from damage. If my mailbox were repeatedly destroyed by vehicles hitting it, I would mount bollards on both sides and there’s no way you can sue me if you run into it on my property.

        • Miguel. on March 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

          What are bollards? And I live on the edge of a 55mph speed highway, my mailbox has been destroyed twice and in 6 years I’ve lived here there has been 7 vehicles run off the highway in the strip of highway in front of my property.

        • MJ on April 6, 2020 at 5:37 pm

          But they can. It’s a fact. Call your local government to have them confirm. Stubborn ignorance may feel good when writing a snide comment but when it actually happens to you you’ll wish you’d never been so big headed.

        • NCAT on March 3, 2021 at 6:12 pm

          It probably isn’t your land. It is probably an easement owned by the municipality or county… the easement where I live is 12′ from the center of the road, meaning that the ~4′ of lawn nearest the road (where my mailbox sits) is not my property. If I were to build a wall on the easement, I would be liable for any injury that involved that wall.

          • Jim on May 12, 2021 at 10:48 pm

            Plus, not getting a permit.

        • Derrick on November 12, 2021 at 1:59 pm

          The difference is that mailboxes are installed on a public easement rather than private property in most situations. It is because of this that you will be held liable, the same goes for trees that you plant on a public easement.

      • Noneya on April 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

        Post proof of your made up crap. You can build a fully stone structure for curb mailboxes.

        • Terry Bounds on June 15, 2020 at 3:55 pm

          Mailboxes used to be on my side of the street but neighbor across the street moved directly across the street in the exact middle of my driveway. Every who backs out hits it as it is in the blind spot of your side mirrors until too late. Hinted that it needed to be moved but to no avial..What can be done?

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on June 16, 2020 at 11:01 am

            Hi Terry, thanks for your inquiry. Your post master / local post office is the ultimate authority on the locations of mailboxes, so it would be wise to discuss the location with them. If there is a real safety concern, they are obviously more likely to take your request more seriously than if is just an aesthetic request.

      • Terry stocker on June 4, 2020 at 3:17 pm

        Am I allowed to move my mail box to the other side of my driveway? Instead of on the right going out, move it to the left side.

        • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on June 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm

          Hi Terry, thanks for your inquiry. Something like this should usually be no problem, as long as the mailbox stays on the same side of the road. However, just to be sure you should double check with your carrier or local post office.

          • cindy strobehn on January 29, 2021 at 2:44 pm

            I have lived at the same residence for 18 years, which is several blocks from the post office. I have always had to pay for a mailbox at the post office, because they said they could not deliver to my street address; not on their route. I did some research and found that if they did not deliver, they could not charge me a fee for the PO Box. Two years ago, the then Post Master stopped charging me for the box, wrote a letter stating why. Now, the new PM told me that I can install a box 2 blocks from my house. Is this legal??

      • Edith Elliott on August 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

        My neighbor didn’t like my mailbox in front of his house. He tore it down and said if we put it back up he will take it down again. The mailbox has been in the same place since the beginning, 70 years. What recourse do we have?

        • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on August 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

          Hi Edith, thanks for reaching out to us. Tampering with a USPS approved mailbox is a federal crime. Once your USPS approved mailbox is mounted up and location is approved, it technically becomes ‘federal property’. This is a law passed to protect the USPS delivery system, as well as citizens from mail theft, etc.

          However… realistically, it is likely not worth your time pursuing any legal action. If it were me, I would reach out to my local post office/ post master, tell them what happened and then have them advise you on where to place your box. The road edge is usually government / city / county property, so it was likely not in your neighbors right to remove your mailbox, but it is likely not worth your time.

          Your mail carrier will likely have no issue delivering your mail on the same route, so just check where you should remount the box, and hopefully it can be in a location even more convenient/ preferable to you as well!

          Regards, and good luck – Gabriel

      • Bill Foti on August 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

        O.k. Peps. It’s been established…….. the installation of a mailbox is federally regulated and by l;aw required to be constructed and installed in a specific manner. In the instance a drunk drive runs is to a mailbox and is injured a home owner was not legally authorized to make any decisions concerning the installation of a mailbox, The federal government assumed exclusive jurisdiction over the mail box installation and therefore should be held liable for any injury suffered by a reckless driver bicyclist, and delinquent teenager.

        • nope on February 8, 2022 at 11:25 am

          Bill Foti what are you smoking bro?

      • mikel l on November 10, 2020 at 10:44 am

        Hi Brad. Apparently in america the general populous will acquiesce to just about anything. Systems which restrict a god given right are sold back to us as a license. Citizens not only abide by nonsensical rules and laws, but they emanate them.

        During an auto accident: the legal theory of negligence. Under this theory, a driver must operate his or her vehicle with reasonable care given the circumstances. A driver who fails to drive with due care is negligent and can be held liable for any injuries that result. However: Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.

        Government agencies enjoy certain protections not available to private citizens. Under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, citizens are generally powerless to sue the government for losses arising out of government employees’ mistakes.

        So in essence: every one else is responsible except the government who mandated that you place the mailbox in the high risk zone near the road.

        Self explanatory message. I need to obtain a higher level of immunity.

        • nope on February 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

          I’m hearing a lot about your rights but nothing pertaining to your responsibilities as a member of this incredible society which has given you so much.

      • Mary on January 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

        I live on a busy hwy. I have a autistic 5 yo that enjoys checking the mail, a love he gained when we lived on a less busy road, but its not safe for him to do so now. We have to walk 20 yards down the side of the hwy or up a 65° embankment of a ditch to get the mail. We asked post master to move it closer to the drive. He replied with no and said I could call with questions but never answers the phone number provided. It is a straight away. The closest hill, drop down is actually closer to where boxes currently are. Are their any other options? Box on the house? Anything would help. Thank you.

        • John on May 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm

          Mary I’m Just a reader researching my own mailbox placement as it was driven over for the second time in the past year. But would a small bridge over the ditch help to access the mailbox? I’ve seen some small arched bridges allowing access across ditches at personal properties looking like to make bus stops.

          • Marilyn Riley on August 28, 2021 at 4:08 pm

            We are selling our hoe and have been asked by our carrier to remove our mailbox when we leave. The new buyer will then get their mail at a cluster box several blocks away. However it is my understanding mailboxes in residential neighborhoods are grandfathered in. Should we just leave the mail box for the new buyers?

      • We Ernestine Hall on January 25, 2021 at 2:56 pm

        Am i allowed to place. Directional sign on my mail box an arrow

      • Heidi K Rhoades on February 18, 2021 at 5:46 am

        Do my steps have to be cleared of snow to receive my mail

      • James sheppard on March 20, 2021 at 10:53 am

        That would be interesting to see cause most people that hit mailboxes are intoxicated. 😂 a drunk driver suing for damages cause they hit a mail box sounds pretty $*&*#*&* to me

        • nope on February 8, 2022 at 11:28 am

          The shortcomings of others do not abrogate you of all responsibility.

      • Connie Shover on May 25, 2021 at 7:25 am

        I have been in my house since 1964 , the mailbox has been on the house since 1965 now they’re making me put it to the curb all because the new mail lady is lazy I feel, because like I said it’s been there since 1965.

        • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on May 25, 2021 at 12:19 pm

          Hi Connie, thank you for your comment. I hear your frustrations, and it would certainly be worth a chat with your local post office / post master directly, as they are the ultimate authority on mailbox locations in your area. Good luck!

        • KIM on April 5, 2022 at 9:14 am

          I live in a rental house I’ve paid my rent before the due date for 12 years my crazy manager took my mailbox off of the house and put it on a stair railing where my mail is getting destroyed what can I do? I contacted my local mail office they can’t do anything the police won’t do anything what can I do ? she’s doing this to be malicious she also took out our front window and boarded it up.

      • S. B. on June 17, 2021 at 11:50 am

        I have put in an 8″ post with a heavy gauge special built mailbox made at a metal shop buried 3 feet in cement. many cars were towed from my mailbox and many have left their ins. co. info for me to gather my claim for the damage to my mailbox. it was mostly the ignorant, that was speeding and not paying attention that received the most damage and was towed.

        Therefore I call bull on the facing lawsuit story.

        • nope on February 8, 2022 at 11:29 am

          What does S.B. stand for? Oh wait, I think I know.

      • Peggy Stricklin on October 12, 2021 at 1:50 pm

        I have a mailbox in an apt building an my out going mail has been laying in my box for a week at the end of the box where the carrier could easily e see,talked to the post office an they don’t know..They don’t know nothing about it.dont know what to say ..they not sapose to pick up mail from the apt building ,,so does that mean they should not be delivering mail there if there not sapose to pick it up. .also when I try ordering items on line alot of times it will say not a valid address.what to do?

      • Ben on October 13, 2021 at 7:55 pm

        Can you use big spring to hold up the mailbox ? That way it could flex if someone ran into it then pop back up when they do the run part of hit and run:) Also, I saw a 20 pound mailbox at Home Depot that shows a baseball bat shattering, I would think that was dangerous to an errant driver? Wouldn’t be the first thing that I have seen at Home Depot that isn’t compliant with the associated Code.

        • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on October 14, 2021 at 10:48 am

          Hi Ben, thanks for your comment. Yes, they have breakaway posts and also even rotating posts available for mounting mailboxes on. These are common in areas where the roads need to be plowed in the winter because the plows so frequently damage the mailboxes without the breakaway feature. Your local or state jurisdiction may require breakaway style posts, or even have certain limitations on the depth of installation to prevent major accidents, however this is less of a concern if you live on rural streets with lower speed limits.

      • Doc Wilfong on March 29, 2022 at 10:00 am

        Provide citation to US Law. State Laws might be different, but generally, a vehicle leaving the roadway is inherently responsible for any property damage in the Right-of-Way, and the Owner of the Property. USPS only has regulations over the proper placement of Mail Utilities and not General Traffic Laws.

      • Nicole on April 12, 2022 at 10:48 am

        Arguing that a brick mailbox injured someone would likely be unsuccessful… It would be similar to arguing that a brick house caused someone’s injuries in a car accident… Neither are on the roadway and therefore.. one has no duty to attempt to protect drivers from this type of an unforeseen hazard.

      • Jor on May 4, 2022 at 5:32 am

        So no trees near road

    • Adria Appleby on September 22, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      My current mail box is around the corner on a mail road. I want to move it to I front of my home. My street is a gravel road which is state maintained. Does the USPS have the right to deny me?

      • Joyce Thibodeau on February 26, 2020 at 7:44 pm

        Yes, Adria Appleby, the USPS can deny your request to move your mailbox. Decades ago our mailbox was 3 streets away from us. Eventually we got it moved up a street closer, then moved it two other times. Right now it’s on the corner of our street and it will never get moved any closer because we’re on a dead-end (not a cul-de-sac) street and the driver would have to back out or use a driveway to turn around.

        Oh well!

    • Teresa Wright on October 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Our mailbox has to be hung on a tree over a ditch. We live in the country and have had our mailbox hit many times from plows. Buy New York state law are we allowed to suspend our mailbox by a chain to reduce the chance of having our mailbox hit?

    • Sue Patterson on October 20, 2019 at 3:02 am

      Is it illegal for a person to leave something in your rural mail box that is not post marked by the.post office?

      • Jeanne L. Henry on March 30, 2020 at 5:34 am

        Sue, the answer is YES! YES, YES, YES!

        Your mailbox is considered a FEDERAL piece of property & can ONLY be used for stamped/post marked/metered mail that comes through the USPS & is delivered by a USPS government employee!

        If your mail person finds ANYTHING inside your mailbox that the USPS did not deliver, they can/will remove the item and you COULD be fined for using FEDERAL property for non-USPS items! As far as the item removed, it’s up to the USPS employee as to what to do with it! I THINK that they could leave the item on your property but I believe it could be confiscated to use for prosecution (especially if your mail person is ‘disgruntled.😏)

        I learned this from being a travel agent and needing to have airline tickets delivered to various clients. We NEVER left airline tickets in the client’s mailboxes after one agent had the Postmaster call them and inform them that it was a FEDERAL crime to put ANY item in a mailbox that was not an USPS “approved” item delivered by an USPS employee!

        Of course, the “rules” mat have been changed her the years but I guarentee you, for the most part, most of what I told you is still true today! Call your local Postmaster and ask. That way there is no doubt. Hope this helps! Have a GREAT day! 💚

    • Sandy on November 6, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      it states that a 2 inch diameter steel post is acceptable.
      “Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than 24 inches deep and made from wood no larger than 4 inches high by 4 inches wide. Steel or aluminum pipes with a 2-inch diameter are also acceptable.”

    • David C. on February 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      If a member of my immediate family gets mad at me and tries to punish me by putting a padlock on the mailbox, in an attempt to prevent me from accessing my mail, could this be illegal? I live at the same address and use the same box for that address, but I don’t have a key to fit the padlock he placed on the mailbox.

    • Angie Harper on April 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I have a mailbox up on my house porch. I want to move it away from my house. What are the perimeters and is there a different rules in the neighborhood you live in? If so where can I find the correct information before I move my mailbox?

      • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on April 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm

        Hi Angie, thanks for your inquiry. It’s a good idea to reach out to your local post office, as they are going to be most helpful in determining your mailbox placement. Good luck!

    • RG on June 20, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Local City or county laws can be different but if your box or post cause injury to a person that hits it, you may be liable. A friend recently had a car in a little dead end curved street hit their brick Housed mail box that was not allowed in there area it flipped and they ended up with a helicopter in their front yard. Don’t know yet about getting sued. Just worried about driver. They did not replace with brick

    • Joan Collins on June 24, 2020 at 7:41 am

      Can a rural customer have a lock on their mailbox? If it meets all codes and the slot is sufficient to hold the customers daily mail?

    • Anita Hardy on July 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      It doesnt..the article stated it could be meatal poles

    • Chris Swanson on August 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      I have been seeing a lot of pictures on social media of mailboxes being locked with a red metal device and a padlock. I am wondering what the reason for this is and if possible a source of information regarding this issue. Thank you very much and have a nice day.

    • Steven J Sabato on August 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      I live on a rural/county road and I too have had to replace my mailbox several times due to vehicles running them over. The last time was too close for comfort. My sons and I had just taken a break from shoveling the driveway and upon returning to finish up noticed that the apron was covered with snow, tire tracks and pieces of a vehicle and the mailbox assembly. The box itself was 100 feet away in a tree. There have been a few tragedies in this town involving people going to the road to get their mail, the latest being a young boy. These, along with our close call was enough. I moved my mailbox up the driveway and put it in a location where it allows the carrier to deliver without having to exit the vehicle. The driveway is plenty wide enough for the mail truck to turn around and continue on their route. The local USPS will not deliver to it. I’ve spoken to the person in charge there and he tells me that the union prohibits them from entering a private driveway. So they’ve been holding my mail and I go to the Post Office twice a week to pick it up. Now their telling me that I must put the box on the street. I don’t want to wait until someone is injured or killed to have to sue the USPS. In our conversation I also mentioned to him that this location is safer for both customer and carrier. He shrugged and replied, “Union rules.”

      • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on August 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

        Hi Steven, thanks for your comment. Our Mail Manager Street Safe or Street Safe Latitude models sound like they could be a perfect fit for your use case/ scenario. They allow the user to retrieve their mail via a locked, rear access door. The Latitude version of the street safe features both front, and rear locked access doors. That way, you can mount your mailbox at the USPS approved location, while still feeling comfortable about retrieving your mail. They are both full service locking mailboxes, and are approved by the Postmaster General.

        On busy highways, rural roads, and even in neighborhoods, I would sure feel a lot more comfortable not having to risk my life and step out into the road to retrieve my mail! Hopefully this works out to be a good option for you.

      • Frank Kopyta on December 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

        Hi Steven, As a rural letter carrier I can assure you that our union does not make the rules on how to deliver the mail. The rules are the purview of the USPS. As Gabriel said, talk with the Postmaster as to where to install the mailbox so that the carrier can deliver your mail.

    • Kathy Brown on October 2, 2020 at 10:01 am

      My neighbor across the street has placed his mailbox directly across from my driveway . I have a small camper and can’t back into my drive without fear of hitting his box . Is this ok ?

    • David Beaman on October 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      I have an issue with a neighbor parking in front of but not totally in front of my mailbox. I have asked him several times to leave enough room for the mail to be delivered. But he continues to do it. Are there any actions I can take to remedy this?

    • Howard on April 28, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      Contact a local building contractor or landscaper. They dig up huge rocks all the time. Place a few on either side of your mailbox about three feet away from the post. When someone runs into those boulders it’s their car that will ruined.

    • Gb on June 20, 2021 at 1:53 am

      Actually you can use a steel or aluminum post per USPS Guidelines.

    • Jerry on August 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      USA ky

    • Ron on November 21, 2021 at 6:04 am

      I am a letter carrier and can tell you that people use all kinds of things to put mailboxes on…augers, old pallets, I’ve even seen old airplane propellers. As long as it is the correct height and is sturdy, go for it. A 4×4 post would be perfect.

    • Todd Stewart on February 6, 2022 at 5:36 am

      Is it legal to mount a mailbox to a telephone pole ?? My neighbor has done this and her mailbox is now 2 or 3 feet behind mine and other neighbor
      And when I snowblow my box clear these people push the snow from their driveway in front of my mailbox!!

  2. Chox on April 21, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I read USPS regulations that stated a rural mailbox post cannot be made of concrete or steel, but aluminum is an accepted metal for posts (as well as wood). Hope this helps.

  3. Dave on May 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    There may be no law against using a 4″ x 4″ tubular steel post. But if someone runs into it and is injured because the post doesn’t give way, you can expect a lawsuit demanding that you pay for any medical expenses resulting from the incident.

  4. Audra weizeorick on June 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    We continue to receive post it notes in our mail stating that the mailbox was blocked by a car. Not so. My question is, what are the rules regarding the clearance distance allotment, between the box and possible blockages?

    • JOHN GARDNER on August 30, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Carrier must have unobstructed access to and from mailbox with vehicle without backing up.

    • David F-P on August 31, 2019 at 12:47 am

      35 feet

      • Jerry on August 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm

        What side of the road do I need to put my Mail box on the right or left can you please tell me more on this

        • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on August 3, 2021 at 3:34 pm

          Hi Jerry, thanks for your comment.
          You will need to reach out to your local post office/ postmaster to inquire about the location to place your mailbox. They are the ultimate authority when it comes to mail routes in your area.
          Cheers, and good luck!

    • Susan biswell on October 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      I to am getting constant notes of not leaving enough room between cars that have no place to park but on the road is there a legal distance? There is about 15 feet in between cars which takes up one parking space as it is we have to park on the other side of the road we’re ever we can find a place to park. I live in a duplex an the courier has to get out for the house right next to us for there box is on there house can we not have boxes put at our units ?

    • Sandy on November 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Postal regulations require that carriers dismount to
      deliver to a box that is temporarily blocked. Postal
      Operations Manual 632.14

    • jim on November 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      15 feet before and after the mailbox are the rules for snow removal of a mailbox, so I assume it would be the same for a vehicle blocking a mailbox.

      • Val on November 23, 2019 at 12:30 am

        Our mailboxes were knocked over and are currently laying on the ground therefore no mail is being delivered. Is it our responsibility (me an my 4 neighbors) to fix this? BTW we do not own this home we are renting.

      • sue on December 11, 2019 at 1:12 am

        What is the rule/regulation allowing the post office to return mail? I’m looking for a citation, please. The post office said they are returning all my mail because a year ago there was snow blocking the mailbox. I have not received regular mail since then.

        • Mona Heger on March 1, 2020 at 11:11 am

          Do mailboxes HAVE to be in numerical order?

          • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on March 3, 2020 at 10:45 am

            Hi Mona, thanks for your inquiry. Mailboxes are certainly supposed to be in order, though we aren’t sure if they HAVE to. Sometimes when new houses are built, homeowners are told to add their units onto the ends of existing gangplanks or stands. I would double check with your local post office to be certain about the location of your curbside mailbox.

            Good news about our post and spreader bar options – is that they can easily be unmounted and remounted in the correct order. Just four bolts on the inside of each box, and voila! Have a good day, and let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Mrs Delores Ellison on December 12, 2019 at 10:22 am

        Need help how can I get someone from our merrillville Indiana post office to come out to make sure our truck is 15 feet from our neighbor mailbox my husband has become disable and no longer can drive his truck we live in a townhouse area where neighbors aren’t so nice thank you for your help in this matter concern neighbor

      • Janice Callaway on January 1, 2020 at 6:21 am

        We have to be able to pull into the box and pull away without backing up.

    • Tony on December 27, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      The fact of the matter is that your carrier is a federal employee and therefore is almost impossible to fire….so the chance of him/her getting off of their lazy butt to walk 3 feet to your box without bitching about it is almost zero percent.

    • Jim Mike on January 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      If my mail gets delivered to a clusterbox, am i permitted to place a curbside box so that the carrier doesn’t have to walk up the driveway to my front door to deliver a larger parcel?

      • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on January 22, 2020 at 10:08 am

        Hi Jim… often the locking cluster-boxes that I see will have a dedicated package area. We don’t manufacture cluster boxes so I can’t speak with authority on the subject. You should reach out to your local post office/ post master for approval on the installation of an additional locking curbside mailbox. I don’t foresee an issue with installing one, since it should make your mail carriers route quicker and more efficient. Thanks for your interest!

  5. Carol Skog on July 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I was told I could not put up a wall mount mailbox where the postman had to go up one step. My other post mailbox got bad and I had to take it out. Thank you

    • Steph on October 17, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      They’re just lazy to walk up to the door

  6. Len on August 14, 2015 at 12:10 am

    My mailbox is on the road and centered to my house. From the mailbox to my drive way it is approximately 20 ft. The box has been there at least 15 years. I received the following from the mail carrier:
    “If Mailbox is not moved to either side of driveway by xx/xx mail delivery will be suspended until it is”.
    By what regulation is this required? Why now?

    • Alf on October 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      So what’s the answer. Can I move my mailbox from one side of the driveway to the other ?

  7. Len on August 22, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I spoke to the Postmaster.
    1) He told me that since the box has been previously established as a delivery point, the carrier cannot ask me to move it.
    2) The carrier says it is a safety issue and refuses delivery until the box is moved. He says he has approached his union about it and they back him.
    3) It is a new carrier – the old one never said he felt there was a safety issue.
    4) Its going to be a hassle and expense to move the box.
    5) I’m thinking of getting a lawyer and filing a formal complaint
    I think they are all lying to me.

    • JOHN GARDNER on August 30, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      As long as there is nothing obstructing the mail delivery point like cars,snow etc…the carrier should have a clear path to and from without having to back up.

    • Craig on September 26, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      By what stretch of the imagination is that a safety hazard?

    • Becky on November 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Did you follow through on this and if so what happened? We are having the same issue? Thank you! Becky

    • Bill on November 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Is a lawyer cheaper than moving the box to conform to regulations? Just sayin’…

      • Mary M Hallman on February 22, 2020 at 7:27 am

        My mailbox is in my driveway approximately 20 feet from the dirt road which runs by my house. The mailbox has been there for 50 years and is the last stop on the route heading North. The carrier turns around in my driveway and heads south to complete his route. The postmaster (new in the last months) has sent a letter requiring me to move it to the right side of the road either north or south of my driveway. The ditches are deep and water can overflow those ditches after heavy rains. The PM says there is a regulation prohibiting a carrier from driving into a private driveway to deliver mail. He will however continue to turn around in my driveway because it is the easiest and safest thing for him to do. Which regulation should I be looking at, and who would I write to to confirm that I am not being lied to?

    • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on November 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Len, sorry to hear about your predicament. Carriers can refuse to deliver to curbside or residential mailboxes for more than one reason. Did they tell you why? They should have left you an official note on your box to describe what needs to be changed. Sometimes it can be the height of the box, other times if the door or any operations of the box are not working correctly, then there is good reason to not deliver. Is the box impossible to drive up to? Either way, this is something you will have to work out with your local carrier/ post office/ post master, as they are the ultimate authority regarding these matters.

      • Vincent Lawrence on November 27, 2019 at 6:33 pm

        Is a mailbox required to have a door? I didn’t see it list in the requirements.

        • Ben on October 13, 2021 at 8:15 pm

          Funny sight: Many years ago I saw a mailbox made out of beer keg with a toilet seat as a door and “US Mail” in big letters. Mailman actually delivered there. It’s long gone now,

      • Geoff on January 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm

        If safety is the reason then you need to move it even if it is established delivery. It is ultimately the carriers call.

      • Brenda cappella on June 15, 2020 at 1:59 pm

        My neighbor who shares my driveway and runs an equine vet business from her home has affixed a laboratory testing box (for blood samples etc) to the lower part of her mailbox on the pole and resting on the ground. This is on a county road and next to my driveway. How safe is this and is it allowed? Seems it could be hazardous if someone hits the mailbox.

    • Tony on December 27, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      They lie constantly to me telling me I MUST put a box at the curb, when I know damn good and well that the box on my porch meets postal requirements because I have the same fight every three or four months because my carrier is a lazy ass.

    • Monique on January 16, 2020 at 2:52 am

      I have had the same Issue but there are steps you can take. call postal consumer affairs they will be able to find and take pictures of your box and send you a copy of there findings . If the walkway has a crack in it or the steps are crumbling away then yes it is a hazard as they can stub there little delicate toe and trip , simply because the carriers do not look where they are stepping. but if none of that exists and you have money to burn you can sue that carrier for harassment but keep in mind that the carrier is a federal employee so her lye’s will out weigh your truth. the best solution I did after a 6 year battle was to call the post master and ask for a compromise on this issue and what all you need to do to make it a safe passage to the box where it sits.

  8. TJ on September 5, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I recently moved into a new luxury apartment community. I noticed that my neighbor and I Each have a key that opens both of our mailboxes. Is this against the law that the complex has allowed this to happen? Please advise

    • Lisa on November 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I once worked for a major door lock/knob company. They made only 10 internal key-lock combinations. Think about this.. if you purchase a home in a residential neighborhood or multi level apartment in which the contractor bid the entire job, this means one of ever 10 locks uses the SAME key. This was 8 years ago and many manufacturers have remedied this with modern changes. However, I can imagine millions of homes and apartments are easily entered just by walking around your apartment building or neighborhood.

    • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on November 11, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Hi TJ, that’s not good… I don’t know about any legalities, but I would definitely reach out to the complex as well as the manufacturer of the box. Our MailBoss locks have over 1500 unique key patterns/ numbers available. If it is one of our boxes please contact us at: Info@mailboss.com and we would be happy to get you sorted! However, we don’t make cluster boxes (usually what is found in apartment communities) so it is unlikely that we are the manufacturer of your box. Good luck!

  9. L. Nonn on October 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    If using a rural shared drive, where should the mailbox be located? I don’t think my neighbor would approve placement of our mailbox next to his (his mailbox is on his property). Can a mailbox be installed on our side of the drive(?) .will the mail person deliver mail to us inboxes not together?

    • JOHN GARDNER on August 30, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Shouldn’t be an issue.

    • Al Kleier on September 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      The regulation on the placement of mailboxes on Rural Mail Routes differ from those on City Routes. The boxes on Rural Routes are placed according to the Line Of Travel that the carrier is required to travel. Because your carrier’s pay is based partly on the “exact” number of miles driven, the USPS makes sure that the number of miles on every route is at a minimum. Rural Carriers do not work by the hour. Their pay is based on their routes evaluation. While the following scenario seldom occurs, an added 1/10 of a mile can possibly increase a carriers pay by over $1,000/year! It can also mean the difference between a carrier having to work 5 days a week, or 6 days a week! So the Post Office takes very seriously the number of miles on every Rural Route. This is why rural patrons are sometimes required to plant their mailbox on the other side of the road. HOWEVER…if when your home was built you, or the original owner was told to place their box on their side of the road, the Post Office “cannot” make you put it on the other side at a later date. It’s been my experience as a carrier and supervisor that most customers will comply when asked in a polite manner.
      WHY WAS IT REQUESTED THAT MY BOX BE PUT IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE? The answer is probably because when your house was first built, it was one of the only ones in what now be a larger community. I delivered to an area that was one square mile and had only 5 houses. Today that area is TWO COMPLETE MAIL ROUTES! In areas like this it’s impossible to anticipate future growth, let alone where a mailbox should’ve originally been placed.
      Be happy that you live on a Rural Route. While ALL postal patrons can order stamps online for the next day, ONLY RURAL CARRIERS can deliver them in a moments notice.
      1) If you need a book or two of stamps, you can simply leave a check or cash in an envelope, write what you want, and your carrier can fill your order that same day!
      2) If you have a few letters (usually up to 6) that need postage, simply leave enough money to cover the cost and your carrier will affix the stamps on the envelopes.
      3) If you have a package to be mailed, simply leave a note in your mailbox and your carrier will pick it up. Not sure of the postage? If you think it may cost $5…give your carrier $10 — they’ll see to it that your package is mailed and return your change and a receipt the next day.
      I hope I’ve answered the original question, plus given a little insight as to why some things are done the way they are.

  10. Christa on October 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I share a the post, but not a mail box with the house across the street. The post is broken and we currently have it in a bucket with cement. If they aren’t willing to help with the cost of the post to hold 2 mail boxes, can I just replace it with a post to hold the one? Post that hold 2 mailboxes are much more expensive

  11. Tom Nast on October 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I own a restaurant in a shopping center in Merced, California. There are no mailboxes anywhere in the center, and I cannot get mail delivered to my restaurant. Is there not a law requiring a developer to install mail boxes in a shopping center?

    • Roy on October 1, 2019 at 1:31 am

      I’m also having the same issue. Leased commercial property in a strip mall for my retail store and there’s no mailboxes. I’m now being refused service because my businesses isn’t opened at 9am when the driver try’s to hand deliver the mail to shops in the plaza. We open at 11am and I was told to change my hours if I want to get my mail.

  12. L.R.Bell on November 11, 2015 at 3:24 am

    My mailbox is currently located to the front side of the ditch in front of my home but near the street. As of lately someone continues to hit it. I was wondering can i relocate the mailbox to the back side of the ditc closer to the fence of my home so that it’ll be out of the way.

    • Monique on January 16, 2020 at 2:58 am


  13. Kim Towne on December 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I have a question about our mail box situation. Our mail box is on another road. The mailboxes are on a very narrow road at the bottom of a hill and a lot of logging trucks are on that road. It is very hard to plow out by the mail boxes because of the hills and all the traffic. We live on a town road. We were wondering if we could move our mail boxes in front of our houses. All of our neighbors agree with us. We asked the postmaster a couple of years ago and he denied our request. We have had to many close calls on that road with all the traffic.

    • David F-P on August 31, 2019 at 12:54 am

      Best options are to get your mail carrier to believe it is a safety hazzard for him to deliver on that street or to have the neighbors all go in on a cluster box at the end of the street. Many post offices will supply the cluster box unit if there is a concrete slab poured.

  14. Mike on December 26, 2015 at 6:30 am

    My HOA’s regulation is that the mailbox flag has to be blue. I have always seen them red. Is there a regulation that the flag has to be red?

    • Monique on August 30, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      It’s a power play and sense they are federally employed and backed by a union suing them would be a waste of money and time. …they are the mail gods and are very demanding with there power….even filling a complaint will do you no good.

    • David F-P on August 31, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Nope. I’ve have multiple bird shaped and a pine tree shaped “flag” on my route. Color and design don’t matter only functionality.

  15. K Hughart on December 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I have a large standard size mail box and live in a very rural area. My mail box keeps getting beat by vandals can I build an indestructible mailbox to solve the problem?

  16. jb on December 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    can i have a locking mailbox? our carrier says she has to have a key incase she drops the wrong mail in our box

    • Bre on January 1, 2020 at 7:15 am

      I just read above that mail carriers aren’t allowed to possess a key to your locked mailbox so now she is lying

      • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on January 2, 2020 at 9:05 pm

        Hi, yes a USPS approved mailbox is allowed. All of our curbside units are USPS approved, and when installed correctly by the owner should cause no issues with mail delivery. You should reach out to your postmaster / local post office if there are any ongoing issues with your mail carrier. Regards!

  17. Jeremy on January 9, 2016 at 6:09 am

    It sounds like from all these dialogues that the postmaster is the absolute authority. After over 6 months our carrier has decided that a basketball goal located within 3 feet of our mailbox is a safety concern. The goal is a feet behind the mailbox post, making it impossible to hit. It’s also anchored to the ground so it cannot fall over. Are there no specific regulations for items located near mailboxes? I find it highly frustrating that the carrier and postmaster can deem something a “safety concern” with no concrete backing. The postmaster sent a note, including their phone number. I’ve tried to call, with no answer. Do I have any options? Are there online regulations?

  18. Matt on January 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    My USPS mail delivery person told me I cannot have a box on my house, it must be on the road. He delivers to all three of my neighbors who do not have roadside boxes. It sounds like he lying to make his life easier. Any thoughts?

    • junior on September 29, 2019 at 3:38 am

      the reason is because the post office is losing money and if people continue to get door delivery one of these days the post office is going to cut everyones door delivery and go straight to cluster boxes to save money

    • Monique on January 16, 2020 at 3:06 am

      They can only ask you to move it to the street, as the one that is already there is a established delivery point. They can not force you into moving your mail box. but they also at the same time refuse delivery

  19. Drew on January 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Jenny – what is the process for installing a larger keyed-mailbox? I would like one that can fit packages, where the carrier puts the package in the large box and drops the key into the regular mail box. I used to have one like this at my old house, but have since moved to a new neighborhood, where package theft is common.

  20. June on February 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Our neighbors all have their mailboxes on a post in front of our empty lot. There are currently five mailboxes on the post. We are building a house on that lot and want to remove those mailboxes. Do we have to get permission from the postmaster to change the location of those boxes so they do not sit on our property?
    Are there any regulations I can reference?

    There is no consistency in our neighborhood concerning mailboxes. Some homes share mailbox posts while others have their own in front of their individual house. I want to avoid having six mailboxes in front of my house.

    • William H Wilson on December 18, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      the mailboxes are probably not on your property but on the right of way. the distance is not the same in all cities but is a set amount of feet from the center line of the street.. check with the city to find out what it is.

  21. brittany on February 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    My bf and I just moved into a new place. The landlord didn’t get the mailbox key from the previous tenant and said we had to get it from the post office. They said they don’t hold keys and that we have to have to replace the lock. They want to charge $40 to have them do it. My bf is a locksmith and they told him it would be illegal for him to change it himself.

  22. Herbert Golub on February 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    What are the regulations regarding motor vehicles parked in front of, or a foot or 2 beyond, rural mailboxes? Most times the driver is able to drive ito the mailbox area, but he needs to back out. The offender lives across the street and refuses to alter the parking location of her vehicle, yet there is plenty of room else where on the street, including in front of her residence.

    • jim on November 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Backing up is a big no no for a carrier. They can be disciplined for doing so. They can refuse delivery if they have to back up. Every carriers worst fear is inuring/killing a child. Backing up causes bling spots.

      • Margaret Gebrowsky on May 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        We have a problem with the curb in front of the cluster mailbox. It is not square it is rounded and especially in the winter when it is icy. I thought it had to be flat so a person in a wheelchair could have access to the box. We are now being told it is too expensive to change and that I need to put in my own box in my driveway. I have a box in the cluster and they are not willing to help me get my mail.

  23. adams on February 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Because of a safety issue, we recently received approval to move the mailbox from the street to the front door. Instead of mounting the box to the brick house we were considering installing a pole mounted box beside the front porch. Are there specific regulations we need to consider?

  24. Anne on February 20, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Are there mailbox access regulations? Can the mail delivery person refuse to deliver mail if he/she needs to take a step out of the truck to place the mail in the box? We have a car that parks perpendicular to the mailbox. It is not blocking the mailbox, but it sticks out about 6 inches into the street so that the mail truck cannot drive right next to the box. Are there regulations that mail will not be delivered if the mail delivery person needs to step out to put the mail in the box?

    • jim on November 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      the carrier could/will refuse delivery if they have to dismount to deliver. Routes can have 1000 deliveries in a day. If a carrier had to dismount for every one they would never finish their route. It has to be consistent.

  25. Sean P on March 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I bought a house and it seems to not have a mail box. All of the mail boxes on the street are on the opposite side, and there IS a cluster of mail boxes about 100 feet down the street with a mail box that has no numbers and is empty. I tried at least 4 separate occasions to have local post office tell if that is my mailbox or not but they have not responded. If I just install a mailbox across the street form me will they deliver mail?

  26. Sharon on April 1, 2016 at 5:06 am

    My neighborhood association is contemplating two homes sharing one mailbox. I do not want my neighbor going through my mail. What are the requirements for two in a box.

    • jim on November 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Remember your neighborhood association cannot overrule the Postal Service. The Postal Service doesn’t want people sharing their boxes for that very reason.

  27. Betsy on April 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I have locked mail boxes in my yard. I planted flowers around the slaved cement 3 years ago. The mail carrier complained that she had to walk 2 extra feet around to put mail into boxes. She complained so I put a walk way in for her in the spring. Now she is complaining that she might get stung by a bee because of the flowers so she wants me to move the walk way closer to the cement. What is the regulations for my property?

  28. Kim Troutman on April 12, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Hi I have a neighbor across the street whom address is actually Main St, and I am.o corner of Patrica and Main, his driveway is directly across mine, He has placed his mailbox directly behind my driveway on a 8 in wood post placed in concrete and placed a spike on the pole that protrudes out past the mailbox right below it. So if we back out of my driveway and bump that mail box the spike will damage my vehehicle!! Is this legal and why is his box not having to be on Main St where is address is?? Please any input would be appreciated.

  29. Shelby H on April 15, 2016 at 11:59 am

    We have a house mounted mailbox and our carrier has always walked up and delivered (most houses on our street are the same). We recently installed a front yard fence with a gate and received a notice that we need to move our box to the outside of our fence. No other homes on our street have their boxes outside their fences . Do we have to move ours? We live in a heavily foot trafficked area.

  30. Rosa O. on April 17, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I am 82 years old and just moved but don’t have a mailbox in front of my home. Most of my neighbors on my street have one. I was told by the realtor that I will have to use a cluster box that is clear across past 4 homes or call the post office. I was taken to the local post office (because they refuse to answer their phone) to request permission to put a box in front of my home because I am physically impaired and unable to walk the distance to retrieve my mail. They told me to sign up for a cluster box key and wait. It’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t heard from them. I call and call and either the phone is busy or no answer. Is there any thing else I can do? Please help.

  31. KC Funk on April 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    My mailbox is currently on the left side (if you are standing in the street facing the house) of my driveway. Can I move it to the opposite side?

    • Doreen Kowal on May 19, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Do I need to get any kind of permission if all I am doing is replacing old boxes with locking boxes but not changing their housing structure? If so where do I find any regulations pertaining to housing structures around mailboxes ?

      • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on May 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

        Hi Doreen, thanks for your inquiry. You should have no problem replacing the boxes and receiving your regular US mail deliveries, as long as they are being installed in the same location. Be sure that the incoming mail area, or the point of mail delivery on the box itself is between 41-45″ above the road surface, and 6-8″ away from the road edge! Good luck with your install, further details on USPS mail regulations can be found on their website, but we recommend reaching out to your local post office if you have any detailed questions.

  32. Gloria Crowl on May 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I live on a county road where there are five houses all on the left side of the road. The postal service says the mailboxes must be on the right hand side of the road so the carrier can access them. This requires me to cross over the road to get my mail. Traffic coming past our houses on the right side of the road travel up a hill with a right curve before straightening out and passing our houses. It is extremely dangerous crossing the road because drivers do not honor the speed limit of 40 mph. I have bad knees and was almost hit today because I couldn’t run to get out of the way. Why can’t our mailboxes be placed on the side of our houses? It would be safer for us and our mail carrier.

  33. Alex on May 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Does a wall mounted mailbox actually have to be hung on the wall for mailman to deliver mail. Outside of my house is irregular stone and flush mounting a mailbox is difficult.

  34. Sally on May 19, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    In a rural community does the USPS require the community cluster mailbox station have a mailbox for every lot in the development even though over half of the lots are vacant? At the rate things are being built, it will be 20+ years before the current boxes will be have a home needing mail delivery. It seems like an unnecessary expense and by the time our current mail boxes are full, the whole mail station will probably need to be replaced anyway. Is this really a rule of the Post Office.

    Also, I’ve seen the question about accommodation for elderly. A rural mail delivery person saw my mother (in her 90’s) struggling to cross the busy street. He went to her house and arranged with her to roll her cement bucket mailbox across to her driveway. Until she died, at 98, her mail carrier dropped her mail off on his way home. The carrier’s thoughtfulness and extra effort was appreciated. It really gave her a sense of independence, kept her safe and gave her extra years at her home.

  35. jack on May 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

    My neighbor’s mailbox is currently located in my yard which is on the right side of the street. The mailbox looks bad and requires me to mow around. Can I request the box be moved form my yard to hers?

  36. Walt on May 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    My mail was being taken so I bought a lockable mailbox. It is a wall mount style, as long as I make it easily accessible can I mount It to a post, curbside?

  37. Len on June 5, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, I live in an apartment building that has had a CBU hanging on the wall outside for at least 4 years. The post office built a new CBU in the apartment office building’s parking lot, which is about 0.25 mile from the building in which I live, without notification! I (we) just stopped getting mail in the old CBU on the wall right outside of our apartment building, without notice! After about 1 month (I had a vacation to Wyoming during this time, that’s why it took me 1 month…not that it’s relevant anyway, lol), I asked the rental office for my mailbox key, at which time the usually kind secretary (or whatever her job title is), asked me to sign a “standard” key liability statement. The key liability statement stated that ‘…I’m responsible for any fees should the mailbox lock need to be replaced…”for any reason.” So obviously I explained to them that I can not be responsible for “any” reason, I should only be responsible IF the lock needs replaced due to loss/damage of key, if that.
    So now it’s been about 2 months without mail, not that I miss the deluge of coupon-book-spam, because my mailbox (CBU) was relocated without notification, and I don’t have a key.
    Also, let me point out that the building I live in is one of about 15 buildings, of which only 3, or less, had the CBU relocated to the rental office parking lot. There are senior citizens living in some units and i can imagine it’s not easy for them to retrieve their mail 0.25 mile away.
    Anyway, hope someone can offer some advice…should i get a lawyer? perhaps talk to the local news station?

    thank you!

  38. Susan Gia on June 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I will try to make a long story short! I have a mailbox on a post across the street from my cottage. There are several others as well, including my neighbor and the woman’s whose property the boxes sit on. They are all right at the edge of the street, and mine has been there since my grandmother purchased the place in 1964. My mailbox, being very old, finally fell off and was left on my porch with a terse note from the woman. Oh well, I have to replace the old, not-so-pretty box, which is reasonable. I went down to check on things weeks later to find she had pulled my post out! I contacted my PO, they understood the situation, went down to the cottage,motor photos, and even spoke with her. Not hearing back from them, I assumed all was well (first mistake), proceeded to purchase a new box and post, and went down to install. She came out and told me she didn’t want anything else on her property, etc. The PO gave me the feeling that placement is grandfathered (it’s been established even before 1964!) and that I should put the new one up in the same location. She told me they understood and said she could remove and not allow my post and mailbox to be installed. Does she even have the right to remove anything of mine in regards to the US Mail, and demand it not be put back up? All mail boxes are on the right and have been well established for decades.Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

  39. Susan Gia on June 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Oops…darn autocorrect. Should have read “took photos”

  40. Tonia Busherd on July 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    How far away does a car need to be parked from a mailbox? I got a note saying to move my car. There is plenty of room to pull in but back into the mailboxes.

  41. Concerned tenant on July 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I just moved in to an apartment & realized that the mailboxes there are open to all, not secured & there are no locks or identifiable numbers to distinguish one from another and are tacked on to a post. How do I ask the manager to change this? Is it within my rights?

  42. Ryan on July 7, 2016 at 2:42 am

    For decades our Church has been told we had to have mail delivered to a PO Box not the physical Church address. We are locate in a small town on Kauai and the church is located on the “main road”. Directly behind us is a small residential street–all who get mailbox including the house literally next door to the Post Office. There are other businesses on the road a block down who get mail service and all of residents living across the main road get mail service. With the PO Box the postmasters sends any package back if it doesn’t have our PO Box number, even though it has our physical address and church name, everyone knows us–it is a small town. How do we get mail service at our physical location? If the house directly behind the church building is able to get mail service, shouldn’t we able to if we have a mailbox?

  43. William on July 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I have a mail box at the house that is mounted on a wooden pole. I am wondering if it would be OK to mount a weather station to the back side of the post? This would put the station on the other side of the post from the box and a bit above it. It should not interfere with the box or access to it. The box is in the best location for the station and would not require getting another post and having it installed.

  44. Beth on July 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Is there a minimum house requirement on a road for mail to be delivered on it? I am moving to a new house and I was told by a neighbor my mail box had to be placed on the main road . How can I petition this to change?

  45. Janne Z on July 24, 2016 at 9:00 am

    My postal carrier will complain that my trash dumpster blocks his route. (We place our trash ON OUR DRIVEWAY before we leave for work. The trash guy comes before the mail guy. Trash guy puts our can anywhere he wants, often on its back with the lid open. We have no control over this. The mailman will sometimes leave us a nasty note or move the can to the center of our driveway so we can’t drive into our driveway without getting out of our car to move it. This is NOT OUR FAULT and the postal carrier is just being a jerk. The GOVERNMENT has a lot more pull with the trash company than I do! I’ve asked the trash men to not leave the can in the middle of the road and I can’t be home to babysit the trash can, I have a day job. I understand that this is extremely frustrating to the postal worker, especially on trash day, but one home owner can not change the practices of the trash companies the post office can be very pursuasive if they would intervene.

    I also got a nasty note once about potholes on my road. Like paving is my responsibility! The road is not my property nor my responsibility.

    To my postal worker: stop being a brat. Know that the pot holes on the road and the location of my empty trash can are beyond my control!!! Tell your boss to contact the appropriate government offices and/or threaten legal action against the trash contractor if they continue to be so careless with the cans.

  46. Anthony on July 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I moved into my new home in December, there is one house to the left of mine and 2 to the right. Nothing across the street. It’s a rural area and I’ve been told that these 4 houses had to move their mailboxes to the top of the hill on the road because A). The mail carrier refuses to go up and down the hill in the winter, B). He/She has nowhere to turn around. Keep in mind the hill is not that steep the trash truck goes up and down FedEx and UPS deliver to everyones door, we all have driveways to turn around in and half of us don’t have 4WD and survive just fine. Getting tired of walking 1/4 mile to get my mail. I can’t even see the box from my house. My neighbors are on board too, so do I just move my mailbox? Or do I need permission?

  47. Nancy on July 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Does a mailbox have to be adjusted higher because the local post office has SUV’s now instead of cars, They are making the whole town raise their mailboxes 50 inches from ground for this reason.

  48. Sharon Burge on August 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Is it legal for a Township to put a moritorium on putting up a mailbox forcing that same person to rent a PO Box at the annual fee of $48. I am on disability and cannot afford this extra expense. I am only about a mile, if that, from the Post Office and there is mail delivery to every house around me…even my next door neighbor about 100 feet away. Thank you in advance for your time.

  49. Sally on August 10, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Is a home owner allowed to fix a fire sale sign on a post box post?

  50. Sally on August 10, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Is a home owner allowed to a fix a forsale by owner sign on a postbox post?

  51. Gary Nash on August 14, 2016 at 5:04 am

    On rare occasions someone will drop off a document, book, etc and if we are not home they will put in our large street side mailbox and call our house to let us know. If the postman gets there before us the item will be removed and tossed on ground. Not all postmen do this. Why is there not a leniency rule when this ins not a burden on the PO.

    My 90 yr old mom lives on rural route and a neighbor walking by one day picked up her newspaper and put in her large road side box because of impending rain. Mom is on a walker. Mom watched the postal lady open her box and toss the paper out into the rain.

    Has this ever been addressed with PO.

  52. nk on August 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    my current mailbox is located on the curb between the sidewalk and street-for example, see:

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    it was newly installed for my new house, however, i would like to replace it with a mailbox that would be capable of receiving packages, see:

    ( https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/51/02/c6/5102c60451bfe450f928dfe74957e6a9.jpg )

    this larger mailbox would require its placement on the side of the sidewalk opposite the street, about 4 feet from the curb instead of the current 8 inches.

    on one hand, the usps guidance is that the mailbox be very close to the curb, but on the other hand, many of my neighbors have their mailboxes either on the side of their houses, door slots, or set back several feet from the street. have my neighbors been “grandfathered in”? can i relocated the mailbox further away?
    please identify the rule or regulation (i.e U.S.C. ) that mandates mailboxes and their placement.

  53. Joe on August 24, 2016 at 6:30 am

    My wife has a small business next to our house. Presently we use two separate mailboxes with separate numbers mounted side by side on one post…(one for the business and one for the house). We would like to go to one large mailbox with both numbers mounted on the one box. Can you advise?

  54. David R Caswell on September 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    i have a hanging mailbox since every year during the winter, Otto the plow truck took great pleasure in removing it and sending it to it’s demise to be recovered in the spring. i refuse to replace the mail boxes since the way i see it 90% of the junk delivered is not worth replacing posts and boxes. now the postal person refuses to close it because she said she cant close it with one hand, i showed her how to do it with only 2 fingers from one hand. but apparently that too is way too much effort. so now i am stuck with soaking wet mail or mail blown up and down my road. i asked her since she was too lazy to close the door on the mail box that she could ever so gently throw it in my driveway as she sped by. i have complained to the postmaster who of course stuck up for the carrier’s laziness. now that my venting is done what is the regulation on hanging mailboxes (only discusses conventional post but noticed hanging boxes are common practice) and or what defines effort the postal carrier must apply to properly close the box. seems silly she is a federal employee delivering federally protected material and placing as you stated earlier into federal property. there for it should be secured by that federal employee to ensure proper protection of federal material and property

  55. Mark on September 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I have recently moved into an older neighborhood, where most of the mailboxes are at the front door. When I moved in, the house had a curbside mailbox that was badly installed and falling over, so I removed it since there is a mailbox at my front door and very few homes here have curbside boxes. I received mail for a few days, then it stopped without notice. When I went to the post office to get my mail, there was a note saying that I needed to install a curbside box.

    I have been trying to contact the postmaster about this, but have not been able to so far. Today I went to the post office to pick up my mail, and there was a note saying “don’t give customer mail. He has been instructed to place his mail box back in its original location.” Fortunately the postal worker didn’t see the note and gave me my mail.

    So is this allowed? Can I be required to install a curbside mailbox even though very few of my neighbors have one? And can they refuse to let me pick up my mail?

    Thanks, and sorry for the long explanation.

    • Sharon on March 10, 2020 at 11:25 am

      I sure hope you were able to resolve this but based on the note left about placing box back in it’s orginial location, because of it being an older home/neighborhood, wasnt the original location of the mailbox on the wall by your front door?

    • Debra on June 1, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      This is absolutely ridiculous!!!!! My mailbox has been on my house since 2012 and now i get a letter from the mailman telling me i have to move it to the curb because its too far from the curb!!!! This mailman has been walking from yard to yard delivering the mail and not caring about the shrubs hes damaging. I spoke to him several times asking him to be careful of my shrubs. So i put up a 4ft. Legal fence forcing him to go around my shrubs and now im being told my mailbox is too far from the curb so it has to be moved or he wont deliver my mail!!! I will be filing a legal complaint against him!!!!

  56. Steve Patterson on September 15, 2016 at 5:24 am

    My driveway is not on the same road of my street address. I have a corner lot. Can I place my mailbox near my driveway and still get my mail delivered?

  57. Jim on September 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I would like to know if it is a requirement (law) USPS to have your house number on the mailbox, or is it suggested? We already have house numbers on the house. The box is on a post at the curb. We are talking about a new community over 200 homes.

    Jim W

  58. Lois on September 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

    My 83yo across the street neighbor, Gene, has moved his mailbox 4 1/2 feet from street edge into my yard.
    The street was torn out 4mo ago by the road commission and remade (paid for by the residents).
    All mailboxes were uprooted and reset per P. O.
    Specifications (6 to 8″ from street edge). Gene says
    It is a safety issue for him to stand on the street to get his mail. I suggested he get a rear opening box and step off the street into the easement and or my yard to fetch his mail.
    With his mailbox into my yard so far, the mail lady will have to drive a distance of 20 feet or so and about 3 feet onto the new sod to reach his box.
    He also is complaining about my underground sprinklers getting his mailbox wet and that they get him wet when retrieving his mail! I do not sprinkle daily and when I do it is at a set time 8am per the 20″ timer.
    I keep my property neat and tidy he has mowed
    some of his yard X 3 this summer. He is angry about the new road and life in general.
    What are my options. Does he have say over my sprinklers? He claims the PO said he could put his mailbox anywhere he wanted.
    Thanks for your input.

  59. Andrina Carter on September 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I have a triplex and all the mailboxes are on the door of each apartment. I recently installed an unlocked fence and was told that I need to move all the mailboxes to the curbside. Is it law that I have to move my mailboxes and if so where is the written rule and regulation for it?

  60. Linda on October 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Is there any rules or regulations about decorating a mailbox. We were considering covering our post and mailbox itself with Lego’s. As long as the Lego’s are sturdy and do not fall off or block access to opening and closing the door, this should not be a problem….correct?

  61. Luwana on October 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I live in a rural county road. At the end of this road is subdivision on the river. About 15 residents have a secondary mailboxes in front of some additional property that we acquired. We would like to place a new driveway and expand the yard on this new property for our adult children. What are our options. The boxes only get used if the roads become impassable in the subdivision and the other 250 plus residents pick up their mail in town at the post office

  62. Danielle jecham on October 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Is it legal for someone to out unstamped sealed envelopes in your mailbox?

  63. Greg Halliday on October 27, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Parking in front of a mailbox is obviously wrong. However, people should still be able to park on that side of the street as long as they provide access.How many feet before and after the mailbox should be kept clear in the street?

  64. V harmon on October 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I placed a mailbox according to the regulations next to my driveway. I then found out it had to be on the opposite side of the road. I went to the post office and confirmed that. I then asked for them to tell exactly where it had to be placed across the street as I didn’t want to have to put it in a 3rd time. They told me across from my driveway. All of the property across the street it owned by others. Now those owners say it can’t be there. Doesn’t the post service have some right of way or don’t they have to be able to tell me exactly where it can and must go? Very frustrated!

  65. James on October 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Our house was built in 1996 and we purchased it in 2008. We received a note in the mail box (more handwritten than on an official post office letterhead type) that we needed to raise the mailboxes. The 4 bank of drive up boxes sit half on our lot and half on the neighbors. The two across the street see it as our issue not theirs. Wouldn’t the mail boxes be grandfathered in? These boxes have been in place for 20 years and are on 4×4 wooden posts.

  66. Luisa on November 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    My mailbox has been in the same place and at the same height for over 23 years, with a replacement post and mailbox installed in 2008. Our mail carrier recently left a note saying that my mailbox needed to be raised 6 inches or she would not deliver the mail. She left notes for neighbors saying that long-installed mailboxes need to be raised, moved, straightened, etc. This all happened after residents in this subdivision complained about her throwing packages from the street into our driveways, leaving packages on the curb by the mailboxes, leaving untrue notes that she’d attempted to deliver packages when residents were home and knew she had not, repeated mixed up mail delivery, etc. The postmaster told a neighbor that the carrier had back problems and we’d need to change our boxes to accommodate her as a result.

    Do we have to raise our mailboxes after 23+ years, or do we have any rights or grandfathering here? Thank you.

  67. Carol Nesbitt on November 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Our neighbor across the street and us have our two mailboxes on a single post. The mail boxes have been in the same location , which is now part of the road right of way for over 45 years. The mailboxes are on my side of the street between our drive way and the neighbors to the right. These neighbors have lived next to us for 8+ years. All of a sudden they want the mail box moved out of the right of way. She is throwing a tantrum over this demanding the boxes moved. She tried to dig out the post and broke some of the concert surrounding the post . We have informed her that the boxes are not going to be moved as per the postmaster. The postmaster said they are grandfathered in and not to be moved. Needless to say we are no longer neighborly with them which is unfortunate. Are we ok?

  68. Christina on November 8, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I was hopping to get a door slot for my mail. Is this possible?

  69. Ernie on November 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Can I build a mailbox out of wood and install it at a roadside location as long as all of the dimensions and height location are per postal regulations?

  70. Deena on November 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    According to the rules of rural delivery, if you live within a half mile of the mailbox they need to deliver packages to your door that don’t fit in the mailbox. Our mailman has done this for the past few years. Now all of a sudden in the past two weeks, we have had to go to the post office to pick up our packages. This is frustrating because we can’t get there every day before the post office closes due to where we work and the travel time it takes to get there. I talked to the postmaster the first time it happened and he said he would talk to the mail carrier. Now it happened again!! The lady at the window said to talk to the postmaster. Well that worked so well the first time. What can I do?

  71. emilie suddarth on November 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I recently moved to a neighborhood where I don’t feel safe having my mailbox out on a heavily foot trafficked street. My fiance and I decided to take down the original curbside box and install a wall mounted box by my front door as most of the other homes in the neighborhood have wall mounted boxes we didnt’t think it would be an issue. I received my mail in the wall mounted box one time then for 5/6 days I received no mail, no note, nothing. I went to post office to inquire and was told that since the property was registered as a curbside that I would have to keep the curbside box and that I couldnt’t take it upon myself to move to a wall mount. When I asked if I could change the registration to be a wall mount they also said no. I asked if I could pick up my mail that I hadn’t been receiving and was informed that the post office didn’t have it. I would just like to know why I can’t have a wall mount when so many of my neighbors have them and how can I get my mail.

  72. Andrew on December 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Instead of installing a mail box 6-8 inches away from the curb. Can I install it near my house instead? Like close to the steps?

  73. Emily on December 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Hi! Just saw this site, and thought I should make an inquiry. I recently moved into a 1956 house with a mail slot in the front door. It meets regulations per the USPS website for mail slots (i.e., is located at an appropriate height, is an appropriately sized slot, etc.). I have been receiving notices from my postal carrier that I must install a curbside mailbox. NO ONE on my street, for 3-4 blocks, has a curbside box; everyone has mail slots. The postal carrier said that “all new homes” must have a curbside box. I am obviously not in a new home, but rather am a new homeowner in this older home. While I’m not completely opposed to installing a curbside box if that is really what is required, I get the feeling that this is pressure from the carrier, and NOT really required. Any thoughts for me as to how to handle this?

  74. Jill on December 13, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    We have had recent mailbox tampering in our neighborhood so a resident purchased a “area under video surveillance” metal sign and nailed it to the mailbox shelter – a structure that holds and covers about 8 boxes. Does this signage fall under the law that states nothing can be posted on or around mailboxes? If so, what are the consequences if they don’t remove the sign? (So far our mailman has not said anything.)

  75. jerry on December 16, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I have 5 mailboxes in front of my house they sit
    in the middle of the sidewalk.. I can’t parked there. how can Ihave them moved to a better location
    maybe at the end of my driveway

  76. Eubie on December 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Is there a certain amount of feet your mailbox has to be away from your home,? If yes where can I find it in the USPS manual. My mailbox is across the street, two houses over. My box sometimes gets vamdalize, can’t hardly see it, & deliveries always goes to the home my box is in front of.

  77. Jack on December 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    On Rural Mail Routes…do we have to serve “Locked Mail Boxes” and if the have a small package…say 2 inch by 2 inch and it will not go in the 1.75 inch hole do we have to take it to the door or can we leave a notice for pickup…not Lazy but with 660 mailboxes and about 100 packages each day and 300 to 400 at Christmas and walking to each house 1 to 3 min. I’m very thankful I only have 6 locked mailboxes.

  78. Jacob R. Garcia on January 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    We have what our post office considers our mail route as “rural” and i was told our mailbox is required to be on the opposite side of the road from our house. The problen we are continually having is that the neighbors across the street ROUTINELY park directly in front of the mail boxes ( ours and theirs) which results in no mail delivery, ive spoke with the neighbor directly about this to no avail, ive spoke with the post master about this and no change as well. The neighbors constantly park out front of the house and directly in front of our mailbox. Can i move our mailbox to our side of the street since obviously nothing can be done? I dont believe i should be forced to purchase a PO box just to consistently and routinely get my mail.

  79. Christie L deSully on January 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Our mailbox is located across the street from our house where we share a post with our neighbor but have separate boxes. Who’s responsible for snow removal so the mail carrier can access?

  80. Joy on January 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    There are 8 metal mailboxes in my apt bldg. My box, for two months, has a broken lock, causing the door to be completely–wide!–open when I get home; exposing all contents. I force it closed, only to find it open again (literally, someone on their way out, texted me “FYI, your box is opened–tried shutting it, but it reopens.”)

    I have asked the apt staff to fix this headache-producing concern. They have not; not even a follow-up call, after taking my number. Any suggestions on what I can do? Thanks.

  81. pat on January 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I have a curbside mail box. I have a locked gate and fence surrounding my property. I have do no tresspass and no soliciting signs posted. What are the rules for the postal worker to get out of the truck, walk over an easement, reach over the locked gate and gets bitten by my dog? She has been trained NOT to do this when in fact she could have set the box down on the OUTSIDE of the locked gate and no injury. Where is this woman’s common sense? And now filing a claim against us for her stupidity.

  82. Klein McMillin on January 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I hope you can answer this as I am getting no where with our local postmaster. I am trying to find the official rules and regulations on mailbox placement. We live in a new subdivision, but each house is on a 10 acre lot. The mail carrier is saying we have to put our mailbox with the other which is outside the subdivision almost a mile away. That hasn’t bothered me too much as I just rented a mail box from the post office, but today they charged me $5 to get mail that was addressed to our physical address rather than our PO box. I am sooooo angry. So I want to put a mailbox in, but I want to follow the exact rules and hoping it can be somewhere within our land and/or driveway!

  83. Vicki on January 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Would you please tell me what are the guidelines for a mail Slot? Specifically, is a carrier required to push my mail completely through my mail slot? My home has a mail slot that brings my mail directly and safely into my home. Yet, carriers seem to constantly leave the mail hanging out of it even after I’ve called my local post office and spoke to a carrier supervisor about this! I even have a note laminated on the slot asking them to please push the mail completely through. The entire point of the mail slot is to protect my mail from being stolen and they leave it hanging out exposed! (My mailslot was built with the home in 1965.)

    • Anonymous99 on January 11, 2021 at 12:28 am

      That’s absolutely ridiculous. How much more effort does it take to push it through? Sounds like you angered the mail carrier and they are taking it out on you.

  84. Tracy on January 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I’m building a house on a lot in a developed neighborhood. Can I put up a mailbox (it has a designated street address) while the house is under construction?

  85. Adrienne on January 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hello! Our current mailbox is attached to our home but we recently put up a locked security fence because our neighborhood is a high crime area. We want to install a pedestal mailbox behind the locked gate where the postman would have to reach through the bars of the gate to deliver the mail into the pedestal mailbox. Is this against any laws? We are in California and I’ve done some research, but I can’t see anything that makes it sound like it would be illegal or our mail would stop being delivered. If anything, it’s closer to the street and doesn’t involve any steps so it would be easier delivery! And the bars are spread apart enough that getting a hand and mail through would be easy. And we don’t have any dogs or other animals in the yard. Any thoughts on the legality?

  86. Samantha on January 30, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I moved into my apartment december 28. I have been without a door to my mailbox since signing the lease. whenever i bring up the issue the tell me they will get it fixed. its been over a month now and i still have no mailbox door & i realize my mail is now being found lying on the ground. What can i do? and is this illegal?

  87. Christopher Corley on February 1, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I purchased a “Mail Boss” from you. My local post office is insisting that I mount the Mail Boss with the bottom of the mailbox located 45″ from the road surface. This puts the actual mail entry slot significantly higher that the required 41″-45″ height also mandated by the USPS.

    Are you aware of any written USPS clarification regarding the height placement of this type of locking mail box?

  88. CR on February 13, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    If a mailman hits your mailbox, is it their responsibility to fix or the homeowners?

  89. Kelli on February 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    If I have a community locking mailbox but I want my own mailbox, at my house, is that possible? How do I go about it if so?

  90. Lou on February 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I am a new managing agent for an HOA. The cluster boxes were recently replaced and a residents box was moved to a different cluster down the street. This was the only one displaced and they are very angry. The postmaster said they would not let us trade boxes with a resident willing to switch. My understanding is that the postmaster decided which address goes to which cluster. The postmaster is blaming the HOA for the displacement. Who decides who goes to which cluster?
    We are at a standstill with getting this resolved.

  91. mike on February 27, 2017 at 12:35 am

    can you mount your box on a neighbors post without permission ?
    my neighbor has done just this without me getting into the story of it all.

  92. Mike on March 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Can I put a lockable insert into an existing standard mailbox located at the curbside?

  93. Atticus Dimbledure on March 14, 2017 at 12:03 am

    My mailbox is located at the end of my city street, approximately two blocks from my house on a row of other individual mailboxes. I have a busy life, and I can’t be bothered to go down on a daily, or even weekly basis to check my mailbox. I am thinking about moving my mailbox to a post at my driveway, which is on a public city street. Either that, or just closing it altogether. There doesn’t seem to be any federal regulations barring my placement of my mailbox in any manner that is in accordance with the above. Also, I would challenge any city ordnance that seeks to enable the local post office to withhold delivery of mail to this location as a violation of federal law, as city ordinances do not supercede federal law, and interference with the delivery of the mail is a federal offense. Am I off base here, or do I have a chance at getting my mailbox closer?

  94. Eric on March 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

    What are the requirements for the postman to close the door on your box?
    We live in a rural area in the northwest, with a contract delivery person. It rains a lot here and 5days a week he lives the door ajar and our mail gets soaked to the point of damaged. 1day a week when he is off and the Fill in driver delivers, we have no problem.
    I’ve spoken to the driver politely and he hasn’t stopped leaving it ajar.
    Is the local postmaster for our area the next step?
    Regulation regarding closing the door?
    Feeling frustrated.
    Thanks for your response.

  95. Rani on March 16, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Is it a postal regulation to have a door on the front of your mailbox, or may it be left open?

  96. Kyle on March 17, 2017 at 6:14 am

    our neighborhood has a metal mailbox with multiple locks on the back for each house. i hate this, my mail is bigger than my box every day and my carrier just crams it all in there. Plus this box is in my yard and my neighbors walk through my yard to get their mail and complain if my sprinkler system is running when they want access. I want this removed from my yard and would like a normal single box. How do i go about doing this?

  97. John B on March 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

    My mail box was knocked over by a snow plow. The mail box was set in the ground according to USPS regulations.

    The town’s street director told me, according to town ordnances the mail box was located to close to the street and it should be moved back. This would make my mail box not conform to USPS specifications and again cause a conflict with the rural mail carrier.

    Who is correct: The Town Street Director or the USPS ?

  98. Mary Chapin on March 22, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I have no mailbox placed yet,I live on a hill and the mail carrier told me if i put up a box,she wont deliver if road is slippery…can she do that?

  99. Brittany Mayes on March 23, 2017 at 5:50 am

    When we moved in the landlord told us that there is no mailbox for our house but if we wanted to buy the box and everything we could put one u. My question is since there has never been a mailbox for this address do I have to fill out any kind of forms or can I just put one up?

  100. Schawn on March 23, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Can you place your mailbox in front of a utility pole? What are the guid lines for this.

  101. Charlie Byers on March 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I just move to a new place that has no mailbox they say that I have to get a pill box in town and I live in town can I put a mailbox in the front of my place and have it be legal with my address on it

  102. Zach on May 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

    So I just placed my mailbox on the upstreet side of my house as the mailman would come as I was told from a friend. My neighbor says it’s in his property but it is only 2 feet away from my driveway is it legal to keep it there or am I supposed to move it to the other side?

  103. Mark Stucko on May 2, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Our mail is normally delivered to our curb side mailbox.
    We have small children that play on our driveway/front yard. To prevent vehicles from coming onto our driveway we place bright orange cones across the entrance to our driveway. One day our USPS carrier drove in-between the cones to deliver a packages. Luckily we were on a bike ride in the neighborhood. When we saw this we stopped the delivery person and told her not to come on the driveway because the children play there. All she said was “I didn’t see any children so I drove in-between the cones.” She was then asked to please do not drive onto the driveway. All the other substitute delivery person park the vehicles in the street and walk packages to the front porch. Our carrier decided that she will no longer deliver packages to us because she can not drive on the driveway. Is this possible? MUST a USPS carrier have to be able to drive on the driveway to deliver a package?

  104. Dianne on May 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

    We have lived in our neighborhood for over 10 years. Our mailboxes have always been in the same location, on our private road at the entrance to the neighborhood. About a year ago, we got our road paved. The mail person is constantly driving into the neighbor’s property to turn around when she delivers the mail, causing huge ruts and killing the grass. The neighbor put up stakes to prevent the mail lady from tearing up his yard. Today we received a letter in our mailbox stating that our mail will be held at the post office now because it’s a safety issue for the mail lady to deliver in our neighborhood. Are you aware of any regulations on how wide the road must be for them to deliver? Our road is at least two lanes wide – I can make a 3 point turn with my minivan – I just think the mail lady is being a jerk. Is there a regulation I can reference to support our side? Thank you!

  105. Peter on May 7, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Is it allowable to surround the base of the post with a planter as long as the construction does not impede delivery? We recently had this done, and then received a PS Form 4056 from the carrier requesting “Before you bury the post could you raise it up 6 inches”. The mailbox is at the height that it’s always been for the past 15 years with never a problem…bottom of box (not bottom of door) is 45″ from the ground. Why would the carrier want it any higher? Does the dirt in the planter become, in effect, the new “ground”? Seems silly, but I would think raising it up 6″ would clearly make the box non-conforming.

  106. Dee on May 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I live in a rural area, my carrier says my box is too small for my volume of mail…do I have to get a bigger one?

  107. Barbara Davis on May 19, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Our neighbor recently installed a fence blocking a turnaround that has accommodated mail delivery to our 5 (rural) homes for at least 60 years. Consequently we are locating locking mailboxes on the road. The location that was chosen is the only dangerous area on the 1/3 mile road–a busy school parking lot entering a busy road at the end of a curve– immediately across from the mailbox location.

    Four of us know the location is dangerous. We have seen many near accidents over the years–I saw one as i was leaving the school earlier this week, upon which I called the supervisor again and was told that all 5 boxes have to be located in the same place, and, again, that she had chosen it because it was the safest place, but she would try to come out to look at it again.

    Two of the three people have placed their boxes because they do not have time to run to the postoffice, and just wanted to get their mail delivered. When I had previously talked to the carriers’ supervisor she stated she had approved it because it was the safest place on the road; all the boxes have to be at the same location, and on the same side of the road as our driveway. Is this true? Does she have the authority, or do we need to talk to the Postmaster? Several people have told us to place the remaining two boxes where we want them (meeting the placement requirements), and it will be fine.

    Thank you. We need your helpful advice. We do not want to be troublers, but we know that location is the most unsafe location on the road. All the other potential locations do not even have driveways entering the road.

  108. Ed on May 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    This month (May 2017) our apartment manager sent us a notice assuming we “know” things when we do not:

    The notice said something like “…as you know, we now own the mailboxes… and we are changing all the locks. You must come to the office and get a new key. If you lose your key, we will charge you $5 for a replacement key.”

    When we moved in here, I had to go to the US Post Office and purchase a new lock with 3 key.

    Today, I went to check the mail, and all the locks were replaced with new cheap chrome-plated locks. Pieces of the old locks could be seen on the ground and on top of the mailboxes.

    How am I going to be re-embursed for my damaged lock I paid for?

    Can the landlord legally have a key to “my” mailbox? I really do not trust them (HUD subsidized housing) and I worry they may get into our mail.

    Ed (last name witheld)

    Arcata, CA 95521 USA

  109. Kathy on May 27, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Apparently, according to our mail delivery person, we have a business mailbox in a residential neighborhood. They left a note in the mailbox today, stating that we need to replace it. Is this true? I think the only reason they say this is because it locks. We have a locking box because we are on a main road and our house is quite a ways back. We are near a school and I don’t want to risk mail being tampered with or stolen. We have had the same box for a couple years already.

  110. Tim Taylor on June 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    My mailbox is currently “Curbside” I say it that way because I live in a Cul De-sac on a gravel rural road.
    I have been there for 11 years now, receiving mail in the same box.
    I recently had a mail carrier I believe is terrified of Pit bulls because she complained continuously about my son’s dog. I let this dog play with my 1 year old grandson all the time.
    Since then, my son moved out, and I have had no complaints about the other 3 dogs who are in a large 20×20 kennel most days. This week, I received a letter stating I had to move my mailbox across the street with the other mailboxes that neighbors have moved. It went on to say that if the trash can was blocking the mailbox, I could pick up my mail the next day at the post office.
    Now my mailbox is located North of my driveway, between my driveway and the neighbor’s driveway to the north of me.
    My trash can when by the street is always on the other side of my driveway behind where the curb would be, in the grass. There is absolutely no way the trash can could prevent her from getting to my mail box, and would only make have to not drive on my yard to get to the next mailbox (which is one of the ones moved so it is not an issue any more).
    My question is can they require me to move my mailbox across the street. From what I am reading, they can not.

  111. Clara on June 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

    We have a mail deliverer who leaves packages on top of our roadside mailbox, and leaves mail sticking out of our mailbox. We bought a locking mailbox because we have seen people take our neighbors’ mail, and it wasn’t like they were doing it as a favor for someone on vacation. We have medications delivered to our home, and IT was laying on top of the mailbox when we got home. We have also had packages waiting for us in the grass by our mailbox. Is this appropriate? Our regular mail carrier does not do this stuff, it is the guy who fills in on the other guy’s days off. Our regular mailman said that the postal service has tried to fire the guy before, due to a TON of complaints, but couldn’t due to the Union.

  112. Herbert Charles Wildey on June 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    What are the regulations regarding antique mailboxes. We recently acquired an older mailbox (there is a date from 1901). It works well and looks really cool and we would like to mount it curbside and replace our current mailbox. What restrictions or regulations should we make sure we are following (besides the 41″ – 46″mounting height)

  113. Dan on June 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I rent and the units all share a post (rack) that holds all boxes.
    I recently had some mail stolen, is there anything that can be done to require the landlord to secure the mailboxes against theft?

  114. Donna on June 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I wish I could send you a picture it would be so much easier to explain my question but here goes . A friend of ours has decided to put angled numbers under his mailbox on the angled post . Wanting to be sure that the numbers can be easily read when coming from both directions the question arises does the number start from the top left to the bottom right if the house number is say 2345 and then when you’re looking from the other direction would it be starting from the top right to the bottom left? 5432??? I say it should be read top to bottom and not left to right??? So then it would be 2345…. How do you say

  115. Theresa Ann Comstock on June 24, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I live in a rural area of Georgia my neighbor lives around the corner two houses up ,his land has a small strip that comes down behind my land and behind my neighbor on the corner. He has his mail box in front of his house but is using the street I live in name and uses this as his address is it legal to do that sence his house isn’t facing my road and he dose not live on the corner?

  116. David on July 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I Own my home and share a drive way that’s between my home and the nighbors, can the mail carrier tell me that the nighbors mail box has to be in my yard?

  117. Angela on July 7, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I planted grass around my curbside mailbox. And now the post office is refusing to deliver mail. Is that legal?
    Can I move my legally replace my curbside mailbox with a mailbox that is attached to the side of my house?

  118. Philip on July 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Our post man sent a notice saying he can’t deliver mail because we have a couple flowers growing around them which are only about 6″ above the ground
    They’re the same flowed that bloom for the last 20 years. I don’t get it, and he has been our regular postman for the past 4 years and now it’s a problem?
    He told my wife it’s a safety concern but wouldn’t say in what capacity and I couldn’t find any further information
    I mean i could understand if my address was blocked or he was unable to deliver because if of, but what gives?

  119. Adrian martinez on July 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    The mail boxes were installed facing the street, and deemed safe yet the mailcourier came today and turned them around. It is my understanding that all postal approved boxes are to face the street (per the USPS guidelines). We live in a rural area(even though there are more than 100 homes in this area). When I asked the gentleman why he said it is being done for his and only his safety is this a good reason or is he just pulling the wool over my eyes? If so, I need the boxes returned to their original position.

  120. linda on July 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Our neighbor is putting a mailbox on our side of the road, in the front of our yard. We would like them to put it down by the other mailbox so we don’t have to mow around it and it looks better but they want to put it in the middle of the yard. Who get to determine where it goes and is there any problem with us moving it?

  121. Lisa Quested on July 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    We have had a mailbox for over 12 years. For some reason, a new mailman one day decided to put a small package envelope to the rear of my house by a door that is never used. We have two porches that are in use – one clearly states to use the other. Is the mailman legally allowed to not use the mailbox and put mail elsewhere?

  122. Tamarsha on July 21, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I recently bought a house, located in a golf club community at the end of the street ( see drawing: ——l ), Our house is at the corner on the right side and our mailbox is attached to our house. I received a letter stating. I had to place a mailbox at the end of our drive way. I also noticed that no one else on my street has a mailbox at the end of our drive way. I spoke with previous owners who stated, they received their mail in the mailbox located on the house. Has regulations changed?, is it because I’m the new owner?, just don’t understand why i have to change mine and no one else has to change theirs.

  123. Bonita Koonce on July 22, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I live in an apartment where all the ail boxes are mounted on the wall together side by side.
    The boxes are to short inside on either side that the neighbors can get my mail from either side of my box.
    What can I do ?

  124. Jerry on July 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    We built a house in 1985. It is on a cul-de-sac, we share with five other homes. We were told by the, then, postmaster, to erect our mailboxes in a row on the right side of the road, as one exits the cul-de-sac. That places the mailboxes across the street away from our residence and about 200 feet from our drive. All six boxes are lined up about 1 1/2 feet apart. They are all similar in size, but are mounted on different size/shape posts. Ours is on a 1 1/4 inch steel post. The bottom of the mailbox is 43 inches above ground level. The front of the mailbox is 7 inches from where the curb swale meets the grass. It was approved by the postmaster when it was initially installed. I have maintained our mailbox over the years, but, have never changed the structure or placement. Other families have come and gone. Some of the other mailboxes have been changed out. A couple months ago, our (new) carrier started giving us written notices that our mailbox is too far from the road. The messages instruct us to move our mailbox closer to the road to conform to the others in the line. Ours, currently, is about 4-6 inches further from the road as compared to the others. This last week, we have received absolutely no mail, which is highly unusual. I’m sure they have stopped delivery. I will be at the Post Office bright and early tomorrow to have a discussion with them about this. I’m just wondering what your thoughts are about this. I might mention that I had to retire a couple years ago due to a physical/health related disability. Mobility has become a large issue. (I retired after five years as a firefighter and 35 as a law enforcement officer.) This might also be a good time to bring up the issue of moving our mailbox from the, “cluster,” to a location more convenient to my home. What do you think?

  125. Aaron on July 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Our address is in one steeet but our mail box is on a different street. We seem to always miss mail due to that issue. Can we move the mail box to the actual street that is our address is?

  126. Richard laureta on July 30, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Is their a hieight requirement for wall mounted mail box? I say this because the mail box has been their for at lease 10 years and now a new carrier has thjreaten to stop delivery because its too high for him to reach the lostal lock that is 56″ from the ground. We live in central texas and the apartment management says its legal to have it that high. I’m worried about my mail..

  127. Mike in Lansing on August 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Our carrier is afraid of our dog in the fenced-in yard and the mailbox hangs on the outside of it. He refuses to deliver mail on many days although the dog is not a threat. We live in a large city and most streets have walk up delivery like ours but only two blocks away they have curbside delivery. Is it possible to put a curbside box at our location, when all others are walk up? Also it states that all curbside boxes must be mounted on the right side of the road… who’s right?

  128. Ali on August 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    The mail carrier told me that I cannot open my mail box if she is still delivering mail. I live in an apartment. So if she is at one end of the mail room putting mail in the boxes, but MY MAIL box is closed…am I not allowed to access until she leaves?

  129. Heather on August 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I use a PO box and have submitted a change of address card from my residence to the PO box (even before the house had completed construction). I do not wish to receive mail in my mailbox, but live in a neighborhood with mailboxes defined by the HOA. The postal service continues to place mail in the box. I talked with the post master about this, and he said that I shouldn’t have to do a change of address card every year. May I place a lock on the box or place something inside that prevent letters from being delivered?

  130. Thomas on August 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I live out in the country and my mailbox is on the opposite side of the road is there anyway the I can have it moved to the same side of the road my place is on

  131. Gloria Steele on August 22, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Several people in my town and on my street have there curbside mailboxes bricked.
    I would like to get mine done is this still allowed?

  132. Kim on August 22, 2017 at 7:34 am

    We have a shared private drive. When putting up a new mail box which side of the current box should the new box be placed? The number of address will be higher than the other address.

  133. Hilary Bumgarner on September 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Is there a rule about sharing a mailbox? My parents and my brother and sister in law have been sharing a mailbox for months. Both addresses (300 and 330) are marked on the outside of the box and it is a large box. It hasn’t been an issue but now our mailperson left a note saying they need to put up a box. It has been something constantly since she started delivering for us.

  134. Frank Troth on October 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    We have one of the Cluster Box Units (CBU), which has become slightly overgrown by a pine tree. Recently the postal carrier left a note, which I found on the ground next to the unit, saying if it wasn’t pruned, there would be a problem (I forget what it was, stopping delivery, or penalty, something like that). What is the vertical clearance required for access to a CBU? The CBU is between two properties down the street a couple houses. I would be happy to prune it up. In fact, I’ve already tidied it up some, having taken off a broken limb that the carrier probably caused and some other obvious bits, but I don’t know how far up to go.

  135. LU on October 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Silly question but we are dealing with the USPS. My house number is 7… I plan on getting a custom mailbox with the number 007. Will this be a problem with my mail delivery?

  136. Linda D. on November 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Is there a rule for leaving the mail delivery person a little note on the outside of the mailbox? Thank you

  137. Karen Johnson on December 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I am in a rural area and our USPS designation is Highway Contract Route. Our “neighborhood” has a group of mailboxes and locking parcel sized boxes gathered at the entrance to the community. Since USPS got the Amazon bid our Parcel Lock Boxes fill up pretty quickly and there are not enough of them to deal with the increase in packages and the number of our residents. I have requested that more of the parcel lockers be installed and have been told “No”. Is there a statute preventing this? It is no fault of the residents that USPS got the Amazon bid, so why won’t they install more of the parcel lockers and if they won’t do it, what is the alternative?

  138. Cynthia L Swayne on December 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    My address is on one street, while my mailbox is on a different street. I’m disabled and when I spoke to the post office they said that the mail man would have to take a different route, if my box was moved to a more convenient location. I explained to them if I put a box on the corner he would just have to kind of do a half circle on my road then a half circle on the other road. They still won’t let me move the box. It is very painful to walk in my yard. So I said why don’t you just change my address to the other street. Any suggestions?

  139. Pat on December 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    We have a rural mailbox that we put up. Can I have a neighbor once a month drop off some papers, which I would retrieve before mail would be delivered?

  140. Mark on December 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    The section of my town that I live in is only accessible by entering into the next town over and then crossing back to my home town. Are rural carries permitted and or required to cross town lines to deliver mail for their coverage area? Thanks!

  141. Leonard Kubo on December 27, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I have two defunct mailboxes (there are notices from the USPS that says they are defunct) in front of my recently purchased house. The boxes are right beside my own mailbox and are not on my property. The boxes originally served houses behind me that were accessed by a flag lot easement/driveway next to the mailboxes, but this easement has recently been annulled, and the land now belongs to me. My question is, can I remove the defunct mailboxes, or do I need permission from USPS?

  142. Alex on January 3, 2018 at 11:23 am

    My mailbox is on the same structure as a few other mailboxes, but my mail keeps getting stolen and broken into. I can just buy a locked mailbox and install it there myself? I guess as long as it fits?

  143. George Kish on January 29, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Does my mailbox have to be installed before my driveway apron or after my driveway apron on the roadway

  144. Amira on January 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I work out of my home (we live in a single-family home in a city, I have a room that is my office.) I was wondering if it would be possible to put out a second mailbox on our house that has my business name on it. (Basically, I would like to keep my business mail separate from that which might be brought into the house and misplaced etc. by other members of the household. You know, not that that’s ever happened, har har har… :/ ) Is this something that can be done? I am guessing I would probably need to talk to the P.Office about it first?

  145. Emmy on February 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

    My fiance and I are currently renovation our new house and have yet to move in, but started getting mail to that location, and was told we needed to get a mail box (previous owner must have taken theirs). We went out and purchased a wall mounted mail box, because they are cheaper and we have already invested enough money into this house. Now we are getting notes saying we need to get a curbside mail box, but our post master is a very rude man and insists we have to make it a curbside. From our previous experiences with curbside is that during the winter, they get covered with mounds of snow or the snow plow will knock them over, and we are stuck to replace them adding more expenses, and all we really receive is junk mail. Do we have any legal rights to keep our mailbox on the wall by front door? I find this to be ridiculous. Most of our mail is junk mail that we just throw away, because we do paperless billing. There is a mail carrier that walks around to the other houses on the block so I know it is a safe area and very accessible for him or her to walk up and put our mail in the mailbox.

  146. LIZ on February 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm


  147. Allyssa mullins on February 14, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Me and my roommate have a house together. She removed our normal mailbox that’s on the wall next to the front door and switched it to a locked mailbox and she refuses to give me a key. Is there something I can do

  148. Kaylin Mayhew on February 18, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Do I need to notify the post office when I switch from a curbside mailbox to a mail slot in my front door? Are there any cities that don’t allow mail slots? All my neighbors have curbside boxes…

  149. Lisa on February 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Recently two of my three mailbox keys have disappeared and I am almost sure they were stolen by a disgruntled family member that used to live with us. As this family member is a criminal already, I would like to have a new lock installed along with new keys for it. How would I go about that and what’s the cost?

  150. Marshall Gatten on February 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    My gated community has privately-owned roads. Our mailboxes each serve about twelve homes with locks on each home’s individual slot. We have a problem with cars blocking the boxes during delivery times. The HOA Board would like to mount a high-quality sign on the street side of each mailbox (which is currently blank steel, as all access is on the sidewalk side) prohibiting parking within 10′ of the box during delivery hours. We’ve gotten conflicting information on if this kind of signage affixed to the mail receptacles is allowed. Where can we receive a definitive answer before paying to have the signs printed?

  151. HD on March 4, 2018 at 8:56 am

    My wife planted daffodils around four adjacent mailboxes, including our own, that are on the road between us and the property to our north about 5 years ago. New neighbors moved into the house north of us a couple years ago and this past week dug up all the bulbs, even as my wife was explaining to them that she purchased them and they are her property. The mailboxes are in the road set-back so they are on neither of our properties but sit in front of the neighbor’s property near the property line. His mailbox is the first to the north and ours is the 4th to the south but he dug up all the bulbs, including around our mailbox. Is that legal? The other 2 mailboxes belong to neighbors across the street and they never had a problem with the landscaping.

  152. maureen e t on March 7, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Is there a rule mandating how far a mailbox must be from a stop sign?

  153. Brian on March 10, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Trying to find out if its illegal to cement my post on side of busy road can’t seem to find anything official about it for wisconsin need to know my liability if someone hits it

  154. Stefanie on March 25, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Can you share a mailbox with your family that you share the same driveway with? Is there a form that both families can sign that can allow this? My parents have a brick mailbox and we can not find the same brick to add to theirs and they are gone all week and come home on the weekends and so I pick their mail up anyways. Is there a way to make it possible to share?

  155. Kimberly on April 22, 2018 at 7:34 am

    We’re on a private road with mailboxes at the top of the road. The mail carrier told a neighbor that three boxes weren’t used so to remove or let someone else use them. I thought mailboxes were private property plus, we have seasonal residents on the road that two of those boxes belong to. Is it common for mail carriers to suggest reassigning mailboxes, is that allowed?

  156. Al on April 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    My community of 1,100 single family homes is planning on replacing our present, standard type, curbside mailboxes with new ones that have spring loaded doors. Are spring loaded doors on curbside mailboxes legal or not? In the event that they are not legal what are the possible penalties, if any, for the homeowner, the seller and the installer?

  157. RTDail on May 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    My local postmaster recently informed me that they could no longer deliver mail to my wall mounted mailbox and that I needed to install a curbside mailbox. They sent me a letter stating that the prevailing method of delivery in my neighborhood was curbside delivery. Well I drove around my neighborhood and there are very few curbside mailboxes! Not only that, but I asked several people on my street and they said they hadn’t received such a letter. Why am I being singled out? I’ve always had a wall mounted box and I’ve lived here for decades. I’m elderly and it’s not easy for me to walk to the street to get my mail. Are they allowed to do this?

  158. Jennifer Metz on May 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t know if I’m posting this in the proper place so please excuse or guide me elsewhere. We purchased a home 3 months ago on Salem Oregon and there is a cluster box on the curb between our house and the neighbors. The curb space for the box is small enough that a mini car can not fit within the space which leaves people blocking our driveway. The neighbors drive up, block our driveway, then often reverse fast and are off to their homes. We have a 6 and a 4 year old; the neighbors have a 4, 2 and 6 month old. This seems like a major safety hazard. Any suggestions? There are plenty of other places along the street that the cluster box would be more appropriate and safe. Thanks!

  159. Marisol on June 22, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Hi I am reading up on the regulation here and had a question. I have three packages in the larger lockers of the mail box and the key has not been placed in my mail box. I don’t know if the packages are still there or if a neighbor now has them. What other steps can I take to try and retrieve the packages? I have already reported to my local USPS about it. Is there a way the locker can be open to see if my packages are there or do I need to start asking neighbors? I have been losing sleep over this any help would be great.

  160. lbates on June 26, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Please can onyone give me info. i have a question.

    We own property and it is vacant because we moved out. We are currently doing some repairs, and it is empty, and no one claims it as their residence as in rented, and now lives in it or receives mail at the location. Can the post office legally still allowed to leave mail. Also… I have put up no tress passing signs because i am so tired of the mail carriers leaving junk mail like occupant news papers.
    Is it legal for me to remove the mail box so they cant stuff trash in it? . No one…. no one recieves mail at this address any more, and all former residents have changed their addresses to recieve mail elsewhere. Is it legal for me to remove the mail box so they dont deliver the occupant junk mail, mostly newspapers? The post office representative says it is illegal for them to deliver mail to an old address if the address of the person has moved? Is old junk occupant mail allowed to be put in the mail box of a house that exhibits no trespassing signs? I want to do it right but its so annoying to pull weekly occupant mail out of the mail box.

  161. Dorothy Dennis on July 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Is there any regulations as far as how unique a curbside mailbox can be?

  162. Cassie on July 16, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Hi, our neighbors have recently either backed into their mailbox or have decided to demolish it. They have replaced their existing mailbox with a metal rod and have hung an orange bucket from it. Is this up to code? I’m hoping it’s not, as it is an eyesore. How could it be reported?

  163. Dessie Redding on July 31, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Today I got a note on my mailbox that said.
    On a small tag note. I’ve lived here owning my house for almost ten years and they have always delivered my mail. Is this legal to with old my mail in a one family owned semi detached house?

  164. Randy on August 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    After having our mail box knocked over for the third time, we rented a post office box. The post office refuses to deliver large packages to our home, because they say there is no mailbox. Our street number is clearly displayed on a wooden post near the end of our driveway, about 3 feet from the edge of the road. The packages wouldn’t fit in a mailbox if we had one. Is this just the mail carrier not wanting to deliver the package or is their determination correct?

  165. Frank on August 4, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I had the mail box in front of my yard and moved it to the curb because we put a patio wall and got a new mail box to put it on the pillar of the patio wall and as we’re installing the new mail box on the pillar the mail person passed by and said once we move it to the curb side we couldn’t move it back.

  166. Paula on August 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I would like to get a roadside mailbox where the access door is hinged at the top, so it lifts upward, rather than dropping downward. If the carrier doesn’t slam it closed, it falls open and mail gets wet or flies out of the box. Is there any rule on which way the door opens?

  167. Darren Martinsen on August 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I recently switched from a P.O. Box to curbside. The postmaster approved the post position but will not approve the mailbox I installed. It is a standard, run-of-the-mill, USPS approved mailbox purchased at Home Depot. Our postmaster is insisting that we install a T4 box which costs about 80 bucks. I cannot find any paperwork from her stating it is mandatory for me to use the T4 box. There was no mass mailing touting the benefits of said box and no one else is being forced to change out their old boxes for this new one. My mail delivery is being with held because of this. Does the postmaster have a leg to stand on? I’m not backing down.

  168. Jennifer on August 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Am I allowed to have a mailbox on my property if there is a cluster box down the street? Lock is broken. Trip in for new form wasted as we had to have mail key to be allowed to fill out form. Mail carrier refuses to deliver packages to house while lock issue continues. Thank you

  169. Brittany on August 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I live on a very big piece of property with three houses on it and not very close together all 3 houses have to use the same mailbox because we are all on the same address is there a way i can get my own mailbox? With my mail coming to it ? How would i do that ?/do i need to like get my part of the property a new address or something ? Please reply asap

  170. Dee on August 27, 2018 at 5:43 am

    What are the rules if my door falls off my mailbox when the carrier is delivering mail, or the whole box falls off a rotted post while the carrier is trying to put mail in it? Thanks

  171. Mike on August 27, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Where can I find your “USPS Regulations for Locking Mailboxes” on the USPS website or do you have a PDF of the reguration? I need to convince others your website is correct. Thanks.

  172. Aaron Pence on August 29, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Is a town aloud to make you get a p.o. box or is it your right to have a mail box with out have to pay for a p.o. box

  173. Jared on August 31, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Most people live on one side of the street where their house is located, sitting on the lot of land they own. Their mailbox is then across the street on property belonging to someone else. Aren’t there laws against this? Shouldn’t someones mailbox only be on their own property?

  174. Susan Jewell on September 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Can the post office make me move my box to the other side of the street ..now that they are servicing both sides. Box has been there for over 18 years.

  175. Wendy on September 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Hello, Reciently someone hit my mail box. I got a not in the mail from the post office stating i had 30 day to replace it and I had to purchase the news TGen4. Which is some where between $80 -$100. I did replace the box with a regular standard box. Then i got another letter saying if i dont buy the newest one my mail will be with held. Is this leagal? Why isnt everyone else in town required to “upgrade”? What are the rules/laws for a mail box size in 2018? Thanks.

  176. Hidai on September 21, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Could we put a box next to our mail box for people to put stuff in? I’m trying to collect box tops from the community and I want to put a box so the people can drop the box tops their.

  177. Richard on September 25, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I just purchased a vacant piece of land in a rural area, but an established subdivision that has a cluster mailbox at the entry to the subdivision. I went to the post office with proof of purchase (my deed) and applied for mail delivery to my new address. After taking my application, I was called later that day and told I needed to show proof of a building permit before I could receive mail. While I will be building, I want my mail delivery to begin now, since I am staying in the area, and don’t want to drive 100 miles to my existing PO BOX in another town. I am not expecting delivery to my plot, just to the existing cluster mailbox. Is there any regulations requiring a building to exist to get mail?

  178. Lee on September 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Just moved into the neighborhood, and my neighbor is turning out to be a nuisance! Constantly blocking my mailbox. Trying to be friendly, but thinking about moving my box just to avoid the BS.

  179. Thomas on October 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Hi I recently purchased a house and temporarily placed the mail box in a gravel-filled bucket that allows me to move it when needed during renovation. I was receiving mail in it the first few weeks but in the last three weeks I have received nothing. The mailbox meets all regulations except for possibly the heigth. If that was the problem would I receive some sort of notice?

  180. Sarah on October 2, 2018 at 11:39 am

    What would be the reasoning for a landlord to put a tenants name on two boxes but two different apartments? Example: John Doe 305a, John doe 306a.

  181. Jason Pfautz on October 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    My neighbor mail is on my property he lives across the street from me is there a way I can have him remove his mailbox

  182. Christina on October 18, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Does USPS have any regulations on portable basket ball hoops in front/blocking of a community mail box?

  183. CARMIN LOPEZ on October 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Good evening
    We are not able to open our mail box. We share one large one with different compartments. Each address has his own small locker, but we aren’t able to open it. The key is not even able to go in, so we can try to twist and open it. Tried several things and nothing. What do we do?

    Fort Worth Texas 76123
    Carmin L

  184. Lee on October 23, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I am developing some properties and do not know whether the sites are on driving routes or walking routes. Is there a way to determine how mail is delivered? I need to know whether I can have individual mailboxes at the unit entry or if I need to provide boxes at the street.

  185. Paul on October 27, 2018 at 9:15 am

    The reason for no heavy steel pipe or concrete/brick structure is because of safety concerns. I actually had a cousin that was killed by a big elaborate concrete/brick structure. The homeowner buried a steel pipe 4ft into the ground and then surrounded it with brick and concrete to “dress it up”. That homeowner was sued and had to fork out a large sum of money. I understand why the regulations exist, and they make perfect sense.

  186. Jon on November 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Is there any law on useing concrete to hold the post in the ground

  187. Mike on November 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Can I use a street-side “locking” mailbox. My mail lady wrote a note that I cannot lock the box.

  188. Aj on November 15, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I knocked over a mailbox with my car mirror while parallel parking (left them my contact information) I wasn’t even within the required 12 inches from the curb. The mailbox was sticking pretty fair out into the street. The post was right up against the curb. (Mirror wasn’t damaged at all, but box was knocked right of the post.) I looked up the postal regulations and the box should be 6 to 8 inches away from the face of the curb. Because it was sticking out into the road, am I still financially responsible?