How Do I Get a Post Office Box?


The U.S. Postal Service allows applicants to apply and pay for a post office box online. Applicants must pay online with a major credit card and bring the printed form and two types of ID to their chosen branch to confirm the reservation. Customers who do not have Internet access can complete the entire application at a local post office.

A PO box provides a secure alternative method of delivering mail to recipients who want to keep documents confidential, cannot receive mail at home or need to relocate temporarily. The box owner is issued a key to protect private mail from unauthorized handling. For flexible access, applicants should look for PO boxes in branches with extended hours or 24-hour lobbies.

Boxes are available in five sizes, ranging from small to extra large, but some branches do not offer all size options. Making an online reservation requires entering an address or ZIP code to locate a branch in close proximity. The search results typically display the lobby hours for each branch, a list of available sizes and corresponding prices. The USPS lets applicants reserve boxes for several months at a time, and automatic renewal may be required in some cases. Customers can also purchase additional services, such as extra keys, overflow mail pickup and replacement locks.