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Subject: Ok to put partial name on package?
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 2:55 PM ET
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Planning to send something to a member here that isn't media mail, but she only gave me her addy and nickname, not her full name to use on the envelope. will PO accept mail without a full name above the street address?

Date Posted: 5/5/2014 6:15 PM ET
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They really don't like to but if you look up her nickname you can probably find her first name and possibly last initial  If so use her first name and her nickname as a last name.  I've done that on a few occasions and they let it go through.  I think they are looking for 2 names.  Theresa

Date Posted: 5/5/2014 8:21 PM ET
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It really all depends on how much of a fit they have thrown about misdelvered mail. If they haven't complained about any misdelivered mail, the Post Office doesn't care what name is on the package, they will deliver it to the address, but someone at the address has made a big stink about misdelivered mail, then they will have a list of who "belongs" at the address and will return other names.

Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:53 PM ET
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Po accepts mail to full name, occupant, Aunt Mary, Grandma or Cozi.  They only care about the address not the name. 

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 2:13 AM ET
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Cozette,  Do you or did you work for the post office?  I ask this because I've been told and heard others being told at my post office that you can no longer write "Aunt Mary" or Grandma even though those were allowed in the past.  Also if you use the mail programs at Paypal or USPS unless you fill in both lines, first name and last name it won't accept your address.

I did just go to the USPS site however and don't seem to find it addressed.  Another situation where certain post offices are going rogue??



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Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:23 AM ET
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You can't write "Aunt Mary" or "Grandma" to international destinations, but to the US it is ok.

Date Posted: 5/6/2014 12:59 PM ET
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I agree with Theresa & Brandy...if there hasn't been a problem with wrong mail at that addy recently (or a mail forward/move request) then there's a very good chance the package will arrive just fine.  But I would try Theresa's suggestion of cross checking the site nickname for the first name & last initial.  USPS reads addresses from the bottom up, so the only time the top line/name is important is at delivery...and whether or not the local PO has reason to flag or actually check names for that address.

Dunno about the other comments, but IIRC Diane works for USPS.

Date Posted: 5/7/2014 2:12 AM ET
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I do not work at the post office.

I DO however get mail to all of the above.

And I often send mail to nicknames or family names.

As far as filling out names on forms   First name: Aunt  Last Name Mary

When I go to my son's, I don't have to have mail sent c/o his name.  My name or nickname and his address is all that is needed.



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Peg D. (muummom) - ,
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 2:12 PM ET
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I can tell you that we received a piece of mail today addressed to (fake name) Mary Smith. Mary Smith is my Daughter. Only now she is Mary Jones (fake married name) and has been Mary Jones for five years. And she has never lived in this house. Or, for that matter, this state. She receives mail here fairly regularly. So does my Son, and he has never lived here, either.

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 12:41 AM ET
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I agree that receiving mail addressed to a different name happens frequently...unless there has been a problem/complaint etc. at that address.  Or the addressee is unlucky enough to have anal postal employees.  To an unknown address, I'd give the local USPS all the help possible (complete name or as much as you can).

Date Posted: 5/8/2014 7:35 AM ET
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As far as filling out names on forms   First name: Aunt  Last Name Mary

 

I'm afraid that won't work for customs forms. If you are sending internationally, you are required to use your full name. 

Date Posted: 5/12/2014 10:57 AM ET
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Of course it wouldn't work for customs. I was addressing the subject of sending packages from Amazon or another online store.