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Subject: Asking for Identification to mail?
Date Posted: 9/6/2011 11:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2009
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I went to a U.S. Post Office today and they were requiring everyone to show I.D.  Have you ever heard of this?  Is this happening where you live?  Why?  I was just going to mail two books.

Date Posted: 9/7/2011 12:07 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Maybe pre-9/11 increased security?


Date Posted: 9/7/2011 3:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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I just returned from the post office, they were not asking anyone for an ID.  In fact, I had pre-stamped packages (from the APC) to put into the package chute and as so often happens, it was full and wouldn't open.  When I told the clerk behind the counter about it they just took the packages from me over the counter.  Usually if they handle the packages at all, even if they're stamped already, they seem to be required to ask the usual questions and put a zero strip on, but this time they didn't.

Unless they are taking down information from your ID card I can't imagine what good they think it will do.


Date Posted: 9/8/2011 12:12 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I mailed 6 or 8 packages at the counter yesterday, no ID requirements.  Yes, they can ask for ID if they are passing your mail over the counter to you.  But unless you are using some special secured mail option for outgoing mail, that sounds kinda sketch.

Actually, I'm not sure they can do that...I'd ask questions if it happens again.

Last Edited on: 9/8/11 11:19 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Subject: Update on the ID requirement...
Date Posted: 9/8/2011 10:46 PM ET
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I went to another post office, same county and they were perplexed... I don't know what happened in that other post office but it is not normal for them to ask for your ID to mail a package.  


Date Posted: 9/23/2011 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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I would check with the usps.com website to see if this is even legal! They have a contact form that I have used in the past. Surprisingly, I received a kind response from them when I had a complaint!

Date Posted: 9/28/2011 8:05 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Ummmm, were you using a credit card?  You may be in a locale where there has been a lot of reported credit card theft from the mail, and that's one way to stop credit card fraud.  I love it when I get asked to provide ID before running my credit card--- it helps protect everyone's identity!