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Old 07-18-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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I've never given much thought to physical addresses vs. mailing addresses before reading this thread. I do remember growing up we had a mailing address on a rural route even though our street address was southview drive. Even the box number was different (124 RR #1 vs. 123 Southview Dr.). It wasn't until the mid-80's that our mailing address changed.

Around here most new neighborhoods have a central area where mail boxes are located. Houses don't have mailboxes in each yard. Now, assuming that HOA's didn't exist, what if someone didn't want the central-located mailbox and put a mailbox beside their driveway. Would the post office deliver to the house?
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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In newer developments clusterboxes generally are the PO requirement.

We have a similar situation here where residents always had PO boxes. Then the rural pioneers came and demanded home delivery. The Post Office refused unless the person was on a street that connected on the way to a rural route. Some people put up boxes. What's funny is that the main complaint was that going to the Post Office was inconvenient but some of the people's boxes are further away from their house than their house is from the Post Office.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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I thought originally there was no delivery to rural areas, it was necessary to go to the Post Office.
Is it now necessary to have a mailbox?
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I thought originally there was no delivery to rural areas, it was necessary to go to the Post Office.
That is correct.



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... Is it now necessary to have a mailbox?
No.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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That is correct.

Perhaps this is dependent upon local USPS policy. In our rural area, a mailbox on the street frontage where the carrier travels will receive delivery. For us, it's in front of our place. For some others, they must cluster their mailboxes at an intersection where the carrier will not go past.



No.
Of course, you can decline to place a mailbox at your property and pick up your mail at the PO.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there...
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Yes you can.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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Has anyone here removed their mailbox? Do people think you are nuts?
Several people around where I live have gotton rid of thier box.. THEY GOTO THE POST OFFICE TO PICK UP THIER MAIL..
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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On some parts of Hawaii, they don;t even get mail delivery AND the post office is out of boxes , so General Delivery has become standard mailing address. I bet those folks would love to have been required to have a mailbox .
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Several people around where I live have gotton rid of thier box.. THEY GOTO THE POST OFFICE TO PICK UP THIER MAIL..
That is what I did, however .............since mail delivery was available to me and I refused, I have to pay $44 a year for that PO box

If mail delivery was not available, the PO box would be free.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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That is what I did, however .............since mail delivery was available to me and I refused, I have to pay $44 a year for that PO box

If mail delivery was not available, the PO box would be free.
This is correct.
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