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Topic: Can I have USPS hold anything bigger than my mailbox for pickup at the PO?

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Subject: Can I have USPS hold anything bigger than my mailbox for pickup at the PO?
Date Posted: 6/12/2013 1:03 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2010
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But still receive regular mail....without opening a PO Box?

Thanks

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Date Posted: 6/12/2013 1:06 AM ET
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Do you currently receive mail at a PO box, your home, or rural route?

Ask at your PO, but I would think any packages that do not fit in your box ... the carrier will attempt to deliver to your door, and if cannot be delivered in that manner they will leave you a 'salmon' colored 'pick-up' slip.  You merely take your slip to the local PO (listed on the slip) and pick up your package at the counter.

Date Posted: 6/12/2013 9:34 AM ET
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No PO Box, don't want one.

Currently get mail at the mailbox at the road.

I'll ask at the PO. 

 

Date Posted: 6/12/2013 10:30 PM ET
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Yes, any item too big for your mailbox should be attempted at the door.  If you are not available, the carrier should leave an orange 'pick-up' notification.  You then take the slip to the proper PO branch and pick up your oversize package.  IIRC you have 10 or 14 days to pick-up your item before it is returned to sender.

Date Posted: 6/13/2013 9:36 PM ET
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If you do not want any packages left on your porch or other "out of the weather" area then your post office should allow you to request that no packages be left. This will mean that you will only receive a notice in your mailbox to go pick up the package at your post office.  Explain your reason for not wanting packages left....security concerns, animals, etc.  Your post office most likely will work with you.

Date Posted: 7/17/2013 3:12 PM ET
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I work in a rural office (2 clerks, 3 rural routes) and we always accomodate people that want their packages held at the post office if it is too big for their mailbox.  As long as they pick it up within a reasonable amount of time after we notify them that we have it waiting, it's not a problem :)