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Street Address vs. Mailing Address

  • April 23, 2009, 12:05pm

I also have a PO box because the post office does not deliver to my physical address. I always give out my address as:

123 Main Street, Box 456
Anytown, USA 12345

The post office doesn't like the fact that I don't write PO Box and dont put it on a seperate line but they always deliver it. UPS and Fedex rarely have a problem handling it this way, but they call If they do. This works best for me.

When I used to include both like this (what the post office wants):

123 Main Street
PO Box 456
Anytown, USA 12345

or like this:

123 Main Street, PO Box 456
Anytown, USA 12345

Occasionally, for various different reasons entities would try to drop the PO box and send mail to the physical address and it would be returned. The same would happen when I give separate mailing and physical address - occasionally someone would use the wrong one and it would get returned.

The weirdest one was Best Buy. For a time they were using the post office database to verify shipping addresses. They literally would not sell to me online (or by phone) because the post office database did not have my physical address and they did not ship to PO boxes.