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Subject: confusing address label
Date Posted: 9/12/2015 5:37 PM ET
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i just got a book request that I accepted, but when I went to print the address label, it has: 'person's name', next line is 'C/o PO box xxxx', next line is 'street address'.   I've been told for decades that proper PO addresses contain either the PO box line OR a street address--- not allowed to have both on a label or envelope.  Anyone know what's up with this?  Will it come back to me addressed that way?

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/12/2015 6:04 PM ET
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The address may be a UPS store or other similar place that rents out mailboxes. The correct address format for those is the store's street address with a box #. Most people write it as: "123 Main St #37", where 37 is the box number, but for systems that require USPS validated addresses, such as PBS, you can't put the "#37" on the same line as the street, so it goes as a c/o instead.

Or it could be a mistake. You can PM the other member and ask.

Date Posted: 9/12/2015 6:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the info.....

however, your example "123 Main St #37" looks more  like an example of a proper address for an apartment dweller.  I always thought if it was a mailbox at a postal facility that the the word 'box' had to precede the number. (when my family had a PO box for decades since there was no house to house delivery prior to 2000 in our small town, we could forego the "PO" but not the word 'box' before the number. )



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Date Posted: 9/12/2015 6:16 PM ET
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I would check each address at the usps zip code database. If both addresses are valid I think it would be okay to put both on the package. The plus4 number will probably determine where the package is delivered. If the plus4 is for the po box that's probably where it will go. If the plus4 is the street address that's probably where it will go.

Date Posted: 9/12/2015 8:37 PM ET
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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/12/2015 9:49 PM ET
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I always thought if it was a mailbox at a postal facility that the the word 'box' had to precede the number.

Yes, that's true if you rent a box in a Post Office from the USPS. However, as I mentioned above, if you use a private mail drop facility such as a UPS Store, Postal Annex Plus, etc, then you have to give the street address of the store plus a number for the box. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2015 10:57 PM ET
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IIRC USPS reads from the bottom up.  So they will send it to the zip code on the label, then read the next line up and deliver it there (if possible) everything else will probably be ignored unless there's a problem with the info on lower lines.

Not clear about the C/O line, it may become the primary...but not sure.  I've seen it used for an additional name, but not for delivery instructions.  Would be interesting to get the PO take on it.  Are you close enough to take it to a branch and ask?



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Date Posted: 9/13/2015 10:20 AM ET
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Yes, Denise, that's what I'll do tomorrow when I mail it out.

Date Posted: 9/14/2015 2:56 PM ET
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IIRC USPS reads from the bottom up.  So they will send it to the zip code on the label, then read the next line up and deliver it there (if possible) everything else will probably be ignored unless there's a problem with the info on lower lines.

This is my understanding as well.  I'm curious to find out what Jeanne learns at her PO today.

Date Posted: 9/14/2015 5:04 PM ET
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Interesting........clerk at PO said this is an actual box at a post office, not a contract facility.  He said they will try the PO box first, then the street address.  hmmmmmm