Discussion Forums - USPS Postal Regulations USPS Postal Regulations

Topic: When does PO Box service start?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: When does PO Box service start?
Date Posted: 9/26/2009 12:58 AM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2009
Posts: 20
Back To Top

I applied (and paid) for a PO Box on 9/16. I assumed I could start receiving mail there immediately (the clerk didn't say anything about a delay, and even asked me if I wanted my mail forwarded), but mail is being returned to the sender. Do any PO Box users here know if it's possible that service starts the month after you apply?

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 4:44 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,167
Back To Top

Service should start immediately, contact your post office.

Date Posted: 9/26/2009 6:25 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2009
Posts: 20
Back To Top

Thanks. I just did that, and it turns out the clerk I applied with was supposed to put my last name on the back of the PO Box, but he didn't. They check the name on the mail against the name on the box, and, if it doesn't match, they send it back. Since my name wasn't on there, it never matched.