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Old 07-27-2009, 09:07 PM
 
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Has anyone here removed their mailbox? Do people think you are nuts?
Yep, it ain't that big of a deal, and you also have some civic duties that require you to receive notice in the mail, primarily a jury notice. If you don't the sheriff will come calling, with a warrant signed by a judge.

Vehicle registration, property tax bills, drivers license renewals, etc. etc. all very important in keeping you out of legal troubles.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Only if you want to. No requirement that anyone have such an address.

That's not exactly correct. Most states are going to it and even normalizing addresses. Some older towns had a "random" numbering system and some folks have had their addresses changed. GIS mapping is going on everywhere.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I think some people are confusing a mailing address with a physical address when they are 2 separate things. You can remove your roadside (or houseside) mailbox and also not have a box at the post office, thus not having a mailing address,.and if need be you can pick expected mail up at the post office, under General Delivery. However, your residence will still have a physical address, the one that is used by 911 systems, county/town property maps and for your "official" residence, as IS required on most (government) identifying documents such as your driver's license. Commercial delivery services, such as Fedex, can still deliver packages to your physical address without you having a box in which to receive USPS mail. In addition, some municipalities also coordinate 911 efforts through the use of Fire Road or Fire Lane numbers- I may live at 1234 Main Street, which is ALSO known to 911 services as Fire Lane 934, and collect my mail (or not) at P.O.Box 78, all in Anytown, USA.

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From farther down in that same USPS publication:

2.1.3 Customer Maintenance of Receptacles
Customers must provide authorized mail receptacles or door slots, ...

So it appears to be open for interpretation.
I don't think so. I'm pretty sure what that means is that IF you have a roadside/home mailbox, it must meet USPS requirements for size, height, etc- to prevent people from sticking a coffee can or a manilla envelope in a tree to use for mail, etc.

My parents have lived in the same house for nearly 50 years... and they've had the same mailing address for as long- which is a post office box downtown. No roadside mailbox or mail slot. This has NEVER been an issue. ??? (And btw- jeez.. whatever happened to the 10:00am rush at the post office to catch up on the days gossip and events? Is that only in my town?)
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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That's not exactly correct. Most states are going to it and even normalizing addresses. Some older towns had a "random" numbering system and some folks have had their addresses changed. GIS mapping is going on everywhere.
Only the nanny states force it on people.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Only the nanny states force it on people.

I don't know what states those would be since FEMA has pretty much mandated it.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Only the nanny states force it on people.
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I don't know what states those would be since FEMA has pretty much mandated it.
Again, you are talking about the PHYSICAL address, not the mailing address. The OP does not have to receive mail at his physical address.

What would be the purpose of the USPS renting post office boxes to people if those same people are actually mandated to have a mailbox at their physical address? Oh, I know- because they aren't mandated to have one!


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Does your area use electronic 911 systems? If so, you need a mailbox so that emergency service persons (such as firefighters and EMS) can locate your home in the event of an emergency. In many rural areas around here, your physical address is basically directions to your home. If your mailing address is '3250 Kitty Hollow' then 911 responders know to respond to the home that is 3.25 miles down "Kitty Hollow". Having a mailbox makes finding the home easier for them.
You don't need a mailbox. Large numbers on your house or on a driveway marker can identify the physical location and help emergency services find a house when needed. Sometimes that number is located on a mailbox if the person has one, but not everyone does (nor do they have to). If my current mailing address is P.O.Box 62...and I live at 123 Peyton Place.. do they show up at the post office if I call in for help? Or do they ask for a physical location and show up at my house on Peyton Place?
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:29 AM
 
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You're going to refuse your bills?
There's this newfangled thing called "the internet" where you can pay your bills without getting a paper copy in snail mail.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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There's this newfangled thing called "the internet" where you can pay your bills without getting a paper copy in snail mail.
Does notification of jury duty get sent via the internet ?

Does notification to property owners of a nearby planned powerline or pipeline get sent ny the internet ?

( individual land owners living within a certain distasnce must recieve notification and information individually)
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: In a happy place
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I guess I misunderstood the OP. I thought the ides was not to receive mail anyplace. Not at home, not at the post office. Any official notices would need to be delivered by special courier of some sort, which of course would be additional expense to the sender. (Probably a government agency, which means it comes from your pockets and mine.)
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I guess I misunderstood the OP. I thought the ides was not to receive mail anyplace. Not at home, not at the post office. Any official notices would need to be delivered by special courier of some sort, which of course would be additional expense to the sender. (Probably a government agency, which means it comes from your pockets and mine.)
No, I think that's what he meant- no official mailing address at all. It may be odd, but it wouldn't be illegal.
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