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Subject: What is postal regulation for large packages?
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 4:57 AM ET
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My mailbox is at the end of our long driveway.  If I order a box of books that are too large to fit into the mailbox, he leaves the box on top of the mailbox.  I don't particularly like this, because it's as thought the package is yelling "Steal Me!"

Is this what I should expect due to postal regulations, or can I request that all packages too large for the mailbox be brought to my front steps?  If the latter, do I call my local PO to do that?

Thanks!

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 6:10 AM ET
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http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2013/pb22368/html/updt_008.htm

125.81 Serve Boxes from Vehicle

[Revise the text of 125.81 to read as follows:]

On a curbline delivery route, the carrier must serve the mailbox without leaving the vehicle, except to collect postage dues, obtain payment or signature for extra services mail, to deliver parcels too large for the box, or to serve a box temporarily blocked.

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Date Posted: 2/4/2014 6:20 AM ET
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Thanks, Scalta!  Any idea how we can request that they not leave pkgs at the mailbox?  (Taping a note inside the mailbox doesn't work.)

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 5:38 PM ET
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I have a really long driveway, too, and my guy drives up and leaves packages in my carport or on my covered deck.  I don't know how you could make sure he (or she) does that without going to a supervisor, which could cause a problem.  You probably want to remain on good terms with your postman. But if polite requests and notes don't work, you may have to do that.

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 7:21 PM ET
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Scalta, that applies only to CURBLINE delivery routes...that is city delivery on the curbline, Rural delivery is a whole other ball of wax.

 

There is a limit to how long the driveway can be, if it is too long, the carrier does not have to go up to the house, for anything, they leave a notice. If it's a package to large for the box, it is either left at the box, at another agreed upon location, or taken back to the post office.

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 11:46 PM ET
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You probably want to discuss this with either your carrier, or postmaster.  Agree on a mutually acceptable delivery method for those larger packages.

Date Posted: 2/5/2014 4:20 AM ET
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Thanks everyone.  We're going to try to catch him during his delivery route and talk to him directly.  I don't really want to go over his head -- as Diane said, I want to remain on good terms with him.

Date Posted: 2/5/2014 1:44 PM ET
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If your schedule allows, that's a great choice of where to start Debbie yes
 

Date Posted: 2/6/2014 11:33 PM ET
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You can go to your local post office, and request that any package too large for the mailbox be held at the PO.