Law For Residential Mail Box

Law For Residential Mail Box – Residential Mailbox Regulations

Citizens are swindled out of millions of dollars every year by mail scams and mail theft.  The law for residential mail box thefts needs to be revamped.  Some residential mailbox laws are already in place but few people know about them.

Existing residential mailbox laws state that only authorized letter carriers may insert mail into a residential mailbox.  A penalty will be imposed for anyone who is not a letter carrier and is inserting mail in the residential mailbox.  It is a federal offense for tampering with the mail and a fine or possibly jail time can be the punishment for the offense.  Generally, resident mailboxes are for mail use only.

Mailbox Usage for Non-USPS Mail

However, newspapers and magazines which are sent on Sundays and national holidays can be placed in the residential mailbox if the homeowner removes them before the next mail delivery.

The USPS code states that private carriers may deliver newspapers and place them in the newspaper receptacle only.

The receptacle cannot touch the residential mailbox, cannot interfere with the delivery of the mail, does not extend beyond the front of the mailbox and does not display any advertising except for the name of the publication.

The USPS Domestic Mail Manual states that “no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items of matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.”  In other words, the mailbox may not be used for anything other than for pieces of mail with postage attached.

The USPS Domestic Mail Manual goes on to states that it is a federal offense and there is a significant penalty for violating this law.

Who Owns your Mailbox?

Homeowners need to be aware that even though they purchased and maintain the residential mailbox, the mailbox belongs to and is controlled by the USPS (United States Postal Service).  That means that any tampering of the mailbox is a federal offense.


    • kymmy says

      my postman hangs my packages in a walmart bag hanging off the flag. is this legal? also i find my mail and packages in my yard as if they were thrown out the window. i think he is very lazy and hates his job. should i complain?

      • j red says

        you are lucky my post guy throws my mail away. i complained to postmaster, he said because they control the mail federally. that they can do what they please with our property. SICK ISNT IT…….. careful if you complain, you might not receive at all.

        • Rae says

          I would go to someone higher. There was a case in New York where the mailman was accused of throwing away tons of mail and was caught and prosecuted federally. The crime is called mail destruction and even though your post office doesn’t care, someone higher will because of the severity of the offense. I hope I helped!

          • Michele says

            They will definitely care because it is things like this that cause people to use UPS and FEDEX. USPS Can NOT afford to have that kind of thing happening so I promise if you call someone in a higher position, the mail carrier will lose their job if not get convicted of mail tampering. Our neighborhood HOA sent out a request for any information like this so they could get our mail carrier dismissed. She was throwing mail out of the car in the rain, shoving packages in that said “Do Not Bend” etc. She was dismissed! Don’t take it, you can get satisfaction.

          • Kimberly says

            kimberlyfava my neighbor let me take the blame she took my other neighbors mail melody sandusky she is trouble what can i do let me no.

          • B. says

            My question is?
            What is the fed gov. Requirements for the delivery of mail at a curbside stacked mailbox?

        • says

          That is not true. The Postal Inspectors take the stealing, damaging of mail very seriously. There is a five year (5) prison sentence and up to a $250,000.00. Also, you can call your main post office and first speak to a supervisor.

        • Theresa M Abernathy says

          I suspect my mailman of leaving half-eaten sandwiches in my mailbox so when I go to get my mail my mail is often covered with ants I have complain to the local post office and even made a complaint with the police but as of now I have not gotten any relief

        • Tom says

          As a retired USPS Letter Carrier and formerly a USPS Mail Handler and Clerk, I can tell you that the statement is NOT TRUE and your problem, as well as both individuals should be reported. There is a form online for this purpose at
          I would also include a notation about the fact that you reported it locally and what you were told.

        • ANGIE M. says

          Oh my God, I thought I was the only person who had a lazy mailman like that!! (Well, me and the other people on our mailman’s delivery route! He throws all of my flyers, etc away if my box already has ANY mail in (for my job, every 9 days it’s my turn in our rotation to work Emergency Room duty, where I’m required to work a 48 hour shift, and so I’m not able to get my mail for 2 (sometimes 3 days, if I’m not home early enough to grab my mail out of my box before the mailman delivers for that day) so it feels like, maybe as a sort of “F.U., u need to get your mail everyday!” my mailman just takes out all flyers he has already put in my box while I was at work, and doesn’t put any new stuff in. I find this really irritating, and there have been times that I’ve been missing mail that I’very verified as sent, so I know it should be delivered, but then it never arrives. I’m convinced that because or doesn’t look “official enough” so doesn’t appear to him to be important, he just throws or out!! Ive complained multiple times, but nothing has come off it, and he’s still on my route and up to the same B.S. I can’t help but wonder what it is that he says to his boss(es) to make them think that either I’m lying or that I’m imagining this whole thing! I’m just waiting for that wonderful day when I see him show up in the Emerge not Room one day, and when a doctor finally enters his room to “help” whatever it is that ails him (physically, of course, because that which ails him mentally wold probably be far to substantial to even attempt to tackle in a 15-min., quickie E.R. visit would require superhuman skills that no human has yet to possess on Earth. Now…here’s to hoping he trips whilet attempting to rub away from an unleashed dog! Hahaha…

      • Bryan says

        Yes you should complain. Mail should be delivered inside your mail receptacle or at a place where it will be safe from weather. The exception is parcels endorsed by sender “Leave if no response”. Then if there is safe access to your front door/porch or other agreed upon location the item should be left there. Contact you P.O. and talk to the carrier supervisor.

      • BOB ELLEDGE says

        You should complain and if necessary take a picture of your package hanging on your box. Also, do the same for mail in the ditch, etc. The carrier thinks they are doing you a favor by not leaving a notice to come to the post office to get your package. But, first they are to attempt it at your door if they cannot get your attention by honking their horn. This is assuming you are living on a rural route which is what it sounds like. Never except poor performance complain, I have been with the post office for 43 years and have been a Postmaster for 28 I would want to know if one of my employees did this.

        • Marnie Horner says

          That is hysterical Bob. My husband and I have lost over $600.00 in merchandise since March 2014. Parcels are delivered but not to us. We are now getting other residents credit card info, passports, etc. I have spoken to the supervisors, 3 different Postmasters, and filed complaints with the Inspector Generals office. Nobody has done a thing about it and we can no longer shop online unless we have them shipped to my husbands office. We are in one of the areas that UPS andFedex drop off packages at the post office and they deliver them. The only thing the Orange City, Florida post office accomplished was losing our business because Fedex and UPS deliver to my husbands office every day. And its a LOT of business.

          • James says

            The job is a lot tougher than you can imagine. I have been a mail man for 13 years and it’s still a hard job. Especially when the heat index is 110 degrees!

          • Al says

            Is it illegal to leave a piece of paper hung over the flag on a mailbox as long as you do not open the door?

        • Rhonda says

          Bob – I was wondering … if we have a P.O. Box, are we required to take down our residential mailbox? Or can we have both?

          • Jon says

            It doesn’t matter if the job is hard. The mail needs to be delivered to the proper place. Mail should not be thrown out the window and hope it doesn’t get damaged. You don’t see construction workers doing their job halfway because it’s hard.

          • JFS says

            Of course. You can have as many P.O. Boxes as you like–you’re paying for them. You can also have as many home mailboxes as you have “units.” For example, you own both halves of a duplex, you can have a mailbox for each, plus all your P.O. Boxes. As others have pointed out, you do need to check with the P.O. before adding a new, physical mailbox, so they can OK that the location is safe and “deliverable.” But a P.O. box is obviously both of those things.

        • Duane says

          As a postmaster can you legally just go out and destroy someone’s mailbox? Our postmaster went out and kicked the mailbox over and put it on the front porch. Their are several people he did this to. I would think that would be aginst the law. I would think the law would also apply to a postmaster. This postmaster acts like he is above the law.

          • says

            Postal employees have strict rules to follow. Vandalizing a mail box by anyone is a crime. It is also a federal offense to assault a postal employee so you don’t want to get into fights with them. Contact your main post office and ask to speak to a supervisor. Also call the Postal Inspector, they will have you speak to someone a file a complaint. You can also go on the USPS website and file a complaint there also.

          • therese says

            i live in a small village my box has to be across the street, when we put up our box the business across the street where the box would be put up through a fit… ! but we put it up it has been knocked down about three times in the past 10 years or so… this week it was knocked down again during a snow storm , by the city or the business snow plowers… so i went to pick up the mail at the post office and let them know that i wasn’t sure when it would be put back up again… the mail lady said well when you put up your box could you move it down where all the other boxes are … i said ” no we were the first to put ours up… we had to find out our rights and even though the business across the street didn’t want us to put it up we felt it was a fair placement for the box … they like to drive up the curb but i left them with over one hundred feet for there drive way usage… they said they didnt like where we put it but the dot told us there were no restrictions to placement , only at least 25 ft from the aprin driveway… we are more . but see the village told the other residents that they HAD TO PUT THEIR MAIL BOXES AT THIS CERTIAN PLACE… we already knew our rights and no neighbors asked us what their rights were. so they obeyed the village president . some were told they had to rent a box (we were told the same thing but found out the truth) and ended up renting untill about a couple of years later they put up a mail box (at the place ordered by the village president) DOT was specific about where to place how high and that it didnt over hang the curb… it didnt stop the snow plows or the business from knocking them over and they all say (we don’t know who did it) assholes! but what was odd was the mail lady makes a statement like she did then i was leaving a little later and i see the spike was ripped out of our place where my box was knocked over…i cant use the spike anymore it was totally distroyed… is this vandalism by the business?

        • Someone says

          Hey Bob! This is off subject but being a post master you may have an answer. Our mail lady drives in our yard ruining our lawn. We asked her to stop doing that and she replies she can’t reach. Our mail box is 7 inches away from the road. Because she claims she is short does that mean we have to move our mailbox or are we in the right to ask her to stay off our lawn?

          • Brenda Ryan says

            from what I was told, move your mailbox
            There are requirements – inches high and so forth that you can obtain from the post office. I would check there for distance from road/accessibility issues

        • Emoly Riley says

          Need HELP!!! Just moved into an new neighborhood in FL and there aprox 48 to 50 homes in my neighborhood, no hoas. There are no mail boxes on the streets. One, community cluster box for only 16 residence. All others are required to get a po box at the local post office about 2500 ft away. We have requested the local post office add two more cluster boxes so all of us can have our mail delivered in a secure way close to our homes so we want have to pay for a po box. We have been denied. But with the new Obama health care laws they will not deliver your insurance info to a po and if it comes to our home address they postal delivery person will just return it to sender. After I complained to the local head Post Master, which he was very sharp and rude to me, I conveniently didn’t receive any mail for five days. What are some steps I should take regarding this matter? Thanks, for any and all help you can provide.

        • Justina london says

          My mail woman refuses to deliver my mail and has made me get a post box I just bought my house 3 years ago and me amd my husband are younger and the only ones of ethnicity on my street. She continues to use my drive way to turn around I have no pets she is rude i am disabled

      • says

        You can call your local post office or the main post office and speak to a supervisor. They will speak to the carriers. This way you can be sure it is your postal carrier. If he delivered it to the wrong person, it could be a neighbor doing it. If you have mail theft you can call the Postal Inspector. It is a federal offense to tamper with or damage mail, up to a $250,000.00 fine and five (5) years in prison. The Postal Inspector will tell you the truth, they take interfering with, tampering or stealing mail very seriously.

    • Jamie says

      Is it illegal for an appartment complex to lock you out without notice from checking your mail? I came home tonight and went to the mail room which is the laundry room and the door was locked. No note on the window just a locked door which kept me from checking my mail.

    • Adriana pangler says

      I like to know if any federal offense can be a neighbor true the commercial add around the mail boxes for so many years and goes to all 4 houses before her house. it is any offense to the usps o no?

      • Bryan says

        If the ads are in any way attached to or in your mail box then it is a federal offense. Call 1-800-ASK-USPS

      • Jnizzle Wizzle says

        What? This doesn’t even make sense. I’m sensitive to English as a second language, and still I cannot decipher. Please clarify

    • Ryan R. says

      I own a duplex and someone hit my double mailbox, I am replacing them with two single post locking mail boxes, can I separate each box next to each sidewalk leading to each duplex side or does it have to be center of the total duplex?

      • Bryan says

        When replacing your mail box at a place other than where the original was located, you must get approval from the Post Office. Talk to your carrier or call your local P.O. and talk with the Station Manger/ Carrier Supervisor to get approval.

        • Jackie says

          I called the local USPS regarding changing location of mailbox. Spoke with supervisor, received his approval, then day later spoke with Carrier. I moved box and now I am told I have to have curbside delivery. What’s my next step?

    • jacquelyn says

      I have been trying to find a direct page to ask the post office a question about the mail boxes but can’t seem to find it. I have been in this mobile home park for over 19 years any one that is new must put up a free standing mail box. all of other mail carriers made sure of that. But in the past 4 years we have gotten a new property manager and a new mail carrier. But that mail carrier has been with the post office for many years.. I have contacted the supervisor many of times about it. because this carrier will not enforce any new people in the past 4 years to put up a free standing mail box like the rest of us had to. please tell me the rules and regulations for new people that moves into a mobile home park. and what codes that it calls for.. all the new people are getting away with this and I feel that this is unfair. even the supervisor had even told me that it is rules and regulations but the mail carrier will not enforce this. but if I had some codes to show the managers then they will make them put up a free standing mail boxes.. the last mail carrier that we had he made sure every one put one up but this carrier that we got in the past 4 years will not do that. It makes me very upset about this. please help. thanks.

      • Jnizzle Wizzle says

        What do you care? Do you get your mail every day? Let go and let God. If more people cared about their own actions and less about others the world would be a less stressful and overall better place. Give yourself a break and be grateful you don’t have my mail destroyer (aka carrier)

      • Brenda Ryan says

        as long as you are getting your mail, I’m not sure why it matters to you about the other people there. Be happy you get your mail

      • Kim says

        How is this legal? In a RV/mo Ile home park a COMMUNITY mailbox?? Mail is delivered by USPS I to one I repeat One mailbox and residents then go! through everybody else’s mai! To find there own mail. Wow can’t imGine why my mail! From DMV and other Important mail has not arrived. What’s worse with a broken back and no transportation literally NO transportation I can’t even get a po box. Guess I will get mail when other residents or park owners don’t want to o bother going through everybody’s else’s. WTFffffff????

    • DLW715 says

      That’s not exactly correct. Several years ago I had a neighbor move my rural mailbox 20′. I moved it back. He moved it again. I moved it back again. I called the local postmaster, useless waste of human matter. I called the FBI, the local sheriff, the FHP. And I was told that there is no local, state or federal law that applies to this. Luckily one of the officers was so pissed off that he could do this and get away with it that he took it upon himself to dissuade my neighbor from doing it anymore. Never got moved again. After the mail is delivered to you and before it is actually removed from your mailbox, if you have a pick-up , it’s your problem. If the mail is removed from the mail carriers possession or the post office it’s then a federal offense. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, report your mail missing or tampered with or stolen. See what happens.

    • Mosely Rosely says

      Is it illegal if someone put a letter that was addressed to me, has a U.S. stamp on it but was never post marked into my residential mailbox?

      • says

        By the US Postal laws, no one except the mail carrier is allowed to go into a person’s mail receptacle and the resident. Someone may do that if it was wrongly delivered to them, but by law you are not allowed to do that.

    • Mitch says

      The uses does not own your mailbox. You do. By virtue of its use a mail depository, it’s contents are protected under federal law. But you own it.

      • Patricia Luker says

        Sorry, check with the USPS. You may have paid for your mailbox, but ALL mailboxes are property of the USPS. That’s why tampering with them or their contents is a federal offense. Don’t believe me, look it up for yourself.

        • Linda says

          So how do you get them to do something about mailbox being torn down or just them take the shrieff said the have no clue and there can’t do anything

      • Greg says

        I paid for the damn thing. I will put it up, beat it up and take it down as I see fit. Only a entitled wacko liberal bureaucrat puke would make any kind of a big deal over some stupid Government regulation that implies they own the mail box you paid for.

    • Robert L. Willich says

      I got a different question if someone mail a letter to a inmate in the county jail and the county jail open the letter and choose to return the letter for some little old rule and then insert another letter in it stating why it was dined then seal the letter back without per paying for the new letter that they place in it, ain’t that like stealing free postage from the post office because they are because they placing on the letter RTS in other words Return To Sender? If it is I want to no what law that is.

      Thank you; Robert L. Willich

    • Karen says

      I have a situation where my dog bite the mailman and we provided help for him and he refuse and now they don’t want to drop off our mail or even hand it to us even if we go in person. Can they do this?

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    • Lynn Young says

      I don’t see how the postal service OWNS a piece of property that I paid for and placed within my property. I specifically instruct my tenants to hand delivery the rents to me and place the mailbox and will take full responsibility for whatever happen to my belonging, includes mails delivered and placed inside my mailbox by USPS.

    • Bryan says

      If they have been previously located there than they should be allowed. However many Post Offices are installing cluster boxes (NDCBU’s) which you will be required to use. If you previously did not have it located at your door/wall than you would need approval from the Post Office. Considering it would add time to your carriers delivery I doubt that would be approved. The exception is if you have a disability which prevents you from getting to your mail box. The you can request a special delivery location through your congressional office.

  1. WebMaster says

    More and more post offices are moving to curb-side delivery only. In other words they will not deliver mail to wall mounted mailboxes. Check with you local post office as to what they require before investing in a new mailbox.

    • Margaret McCleskey says

      In the town where I use to live, houses that had mail delivered to the front door were “grandfathered” when curbside delivery began.







    • Randy says

      Not legal, by law must have postage or permit. So I’m sure if you insist on this, the Association will place the postage on their newsletters, etc and pass the charges back
      to you in the form of higher maintenance fees. Are their infrequent notices really
      interferring with your US Mail delivery? Or maybe they’ll require you to place an
      additional receptacle at your residence to receive their notices/newsletters.

  3. Mariel says

    well im having some problems getting my mail is it a federal offense to take someone elses mail from the mail box and then cash the check that has my name on it.

  4. Anthony says

    I am having some problem on missing mail because the mail man or women like to put my mail in the hallway windowsill or on the floor in the hallway and not in my mail box with my name on it. the mail box has a lock also. I called the loco post office and asked them to have the person to put the mail in my box. now it had started again I would like to know what can I do to have this stopped for good. I don’t understand this the box is in the same area where he drops the mail each day I have a report number that I had received today 1-2-10

  5. Hummingbird says

    Can a neighbor use your mailbox to deliver their letter (form of harassment) to you without stamp and envelope? Is this a crime, if so what laws are they breaking? Thank you.

    • Wiliam Wilson says


      Mailbox Tampering
      Mailbox tampering is considered any act that interferes with another person’s letter box or other receptacle. This can include: destruction of the mailbox itself, theft of mailbox contents, the placement of items in a mail receptacle by persons other than postal employees, or any action intended to obstruct or damage mail or mailbox property. In short, anyone other than mail recipients and postal employees should not touch a mailbox or its contents.

      Federal Law – Title 18, Section 1705
      There are several laws governing mail and mailbox property. Title 18 of the U.S. Code covers crimes and criminal procedure. According to Section 1705 of Title 18, “Whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt or delivery of mail on any mail route, or breaks open the same or willfully or maliciously injures, defaces or destroys any mail deposited therein, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” This means that violators can serve a prison sentence up to three years for each act of vandalism. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service notes that a fine of $250,000 can be levied

      • Maria says

        My landlady has taken my name off of my mailbox (we are in a landlord – tenant dispute).

        She keeps taking my name down after I put it up.

        Is this legal?

        • Bettina says

          some landlords try to ‘intimidate’ tenants – i recommend that you contact a lawyer who specializes in tenancy law in order to find out what rights you and your landlord have in the state you reside in. i would imagine, that if you are still paying rent in accordance with your rental agreement, and they provide a mailbox for the particular apartment that you rent, then you should be entitled to continue receiving your mail there. you may also want to contact the local post office, as the landlord may be ‘illegally’ interfering with your mail delivery – which is punishable by federal law. if you reside in an apartment – your landlord doesn’t have authority to prevent you from receiving your mail – only the USPS can do that aspect if it is determined to be a necessity.

        • Justin says

          No it is not. As I sit here right now I am awaiting the arrival of a sheriff deputy to turn over two letters received inside my mailbox with no postage. One just my name and no address or return address. Both placed inside my mailbox by my landlord who doesn’t know squat about landlord tenant law. And apparently doesn’t think she has to obey the federal law about mail either. This is a federal offense and she wants to play hardball with me so hardball we shall play. I throw one hell of a curve.

        • Paul says

          If the post office requires your name to be on the box then yes it is a crime for the landlord to deface the mailbox. The manual clearly states that even though a person may have paid and maintained the box that the box belongs to the USPS and therefore it is a federal crime.
          Now if the USPS does not require your name and merely a number then the landlord could say they were only maintaining the box.

      • Paul Belanger says

        How do we go about prosecuting a neighbor who moves our mailbox situated on federal property ? The county Sheriff’s department says it is the postal inspector. When I talked to the Postal inspector, they said they do not handle this. That I must hire a lawyer to invoke Title 18.
        Since my mailbox is considered Federal property, how come the USPS does not handle this? What is the exact way to go about stopping this neighbor from tampering with our mailbox?
        Thanks in advance ,

  6. Reshma says

    My neighbors tenant parks in front of my mail box, and ive recieved letters in my mail box from our mail man saying our mail will be held back for two weeks. Ive spoken to the tenant but he refuses to move his car. Ive even called a police officer to ask him to remove his car but he still continues to park in front of our mail box. My question is that is there any way that we can prevent this from happening any more. Please reply to this email address.

    • John says

      Oh, by the way I do NOT recommend anyone try doing what I did. If you play with the wrong guy you can get seriously hurt. . The only reasons I did that was because I actually have years of experience in Martial Arts, I served with the special forces and messing with bullies is kind of a hobby for me.

  7. Amanda says

    I did not know this. I wanted to check on it because my kids found 2 puppies and wanted to let neighbors know with a small (1/5 page) flyer so someone will claim them. A lady told them this was illegal and now my kids are freaked out.

    • JFS says

      legal options for flyers (unless there’s a local ordinance saying otherwise, which there can be) include:

      tuck them into the screen door; partly under a doormat; between the mailbox and the house (so long as it’s not tucked in a way that outgoing mail would be placed); sticking out, between a porch chair and its cushions, etc.

      However, a few conversations and emails are probably more effective, these days.

    • Ned says

      Im having an issue with one of my neighbors – last week she physically attacked me in which the police were contacted no arrests were made, that was a decision on both parties – but now I have just gone out to my mail box and there is a printed letter with Bible verses regarding forgiving and forgetting, thou shall not slander, attack and forgive just as God has forgiven us – and it continues on but not signed, this piece of paper was placed in my mailbox (was not mailed) I cant be sure who placed it in my mailbox – is there anything I can do legally, should I bring this unsigned letter to the police?

      • rmPublisher says

        Placing items by persons other than official USPS carriers is a federal offense. I would make your local postmaster aware of the situation. Since the letter/note was not threatening, I’m not sure what the Police would be able to do.

      • John says

        you can ask but probably will not receive fingerprinting of the letter, but by now that is probably long gone, so this is only so others may deal with a similar situation which is actually common.

        ALWAYS remember never touch anything that may at some point be evidence. Wear gloves when you pick it up. Touch only with 2 fingers on 1 hand and slide it in an envelope so you do not destroy their finger prints or DNMA.

        That may seem over kill but lots of people who end up as mass murders begin with religious babbling as a way to justify their crimes. Currently Terrorists are using that exact same logic

        If the person has bothered you at least 3 times, it’s harassment. tell the police you need finger prints to prove who wrote it to get a restraining order. It’s worth a shot, but probably they will not spend the time or money to help you and the postal police are too few and over worked to bother with trivial stuff like this so just ignore it but hang onto any evidence without touching it to avoid your finger prints or DNA on it and do not allow anyone else to do so for the same reasons.,

        That for just in case things get a lot worse in the future so you can prove it was a continuing problem. However keep in mind the odds are that this type of thing will not happen, but it’s better to keep evidence and not need it than to need it and not have it because you threw it away.

        • JFS says

          You have to actually formally tell someone not to contact you–ideally in a way that is legally-documented–for their continued contact to be harassment. Especially if what they’re giving you is a) not threatening and b) not personal. A letter with bible verses about forgiveness is rather unlikely to be seen, in court, as a personal threat, unless someone indicates that they further see themselves as the hand of a smiting god.

          Also remember, if all you have is an unsigned letter, contacting a suspected sender to tell them that you think they’re putting stuff in your mailbox could quite reasonably be seen as aggression or paranoia. Formally, you don’t know that the crazy neighbor did it–could be some other crazy neighbor, a crazy friend or family member of the crazy neighbor, etc.

      • Bettina says

        first of all, if someone attacked me physically, i would file charges against them – not negotiate anything. secondly, if they are putting something into your mailbox, send in writing a complaint to the landlord / management company if you are renting, as well to the local post office – they can inform your postal carrier. it is a federal offense for someone to put undelivered mail or pamphlets into your mailbox.

    • Bettina says

      no-one but yourself, and someone that you legally assign and inform the post office of, can handle your mail – otherwise, it is a federal offense. i would press charges against her and most definitely, file a complaint (in writing – keep a copy for yourself) with the local post office.

  8. Dian says

    I have some questions regarding the placement of mailboxes…who controls it? I do live in a covenant community where parking is limit. Also, are there any regulations regarding parking in front of a mailbox?
    An answer would be greatly appreciated—this has become a souce of many arguments among the communty members.

    • WebMaster says

      USPS will have the ultimate control over where the mailbox needs to be located (wall-mount, curbside, one central location etc.). The Association which governs your community may also dictate the type, color, sze of your mailbox. So check with both entities.

      I personally know that USPS will not deliver if the mailboxes are blocked by such things as parked cars or other obstructions. Hope this helps.

  9. Kristina says

    How do you prove to the USPS if someone has been in your mailbox when you don’t have hard evidence? I am getting a locking mailbox, however, it would be nice to know that certain person I know of would have to pay the consequences.

  10. russell barrella says

    I live in south fallsburg, ny. The post office says i have to purchase a box to get mail because they don’t deliver to my area. Don’t they have to give me a box free of charge?

  11. me says

    It is a federal offense to tamper in any, way, shape, or form with a mailbox or its contents. It is a federal crime to open mail not addressed to you and to insert items into one’s mailbox if you are not a postal carrier. If an item is not addressed to you and it’s your neighbor’s then hand-deliver the item or put it in your box after writing “forward to address indicated” with your flag up but do not put the item in their box. If an item is delivered to you and you haven’t a clue who it is to but it’s for your address then write “return to sender” and put in back in your box with the flag up. As far as a box being blocked goes you must contact your city. I recently contacted the chairman over my area of the city to ammend the city parking policy to ticket a vehicle blocking a mailbox. Once ticketed the vehicle can be towed by a towing agency.

    • tfc says

      is it a crime if you move and the landlord removes the mailbox off the wall so you can no longer recieve mail there until your mailling address changes???

      • JFS says

        When you’re gone, you have no rights to the physical box. Period.

        You’re supposed to put in a hold or forwarding before you leave, active from the time you leave. You don’t need a physical box for forwarding (or a hold) to work. If you don’t have a new address, you can have your mail forwarded ℅ some other friend, or you can get a P.O. box and forward there.

        This doesn’t mean the landlord gets to keep your mail.

        But if you’re clueless enough that you keep getting mail delivered to a box after you’re gone, taking down the box for a while is a pretty smart way for the landlord to handle it, so that he or she does not have to physically write, “return to sender / no forwarding address” on every piece of mail.

  12. Suzan Stanton says

    Our mailboxes are aluminum and not securely anchored. The boxes move about 6-7 inches and really could be knocked over with a hefty shove. They have refused to replace them. It is a community for disabled people.

    We know the manager on premises has been in our box and we are sure has read our mail and put it back. We received it 12 days later.
    He has keys to all the boxes. Can we change locks on our own mailbox?

    What can we do?

  13. rick says

    went to maibox am…there is a row of 18 boxes for apartment bulding..somebody crammed my mailbox full of old wet junk mail laying on ground..not mine(snow melted)..i removed it and put it on the ground were it had been for months..went to dr.apt..when gone someone put the mess at my back that a crime!

    • John says


      “If an item is delivered to you and you haven’t a clue who it is to but it’s for your address then write “return to sender” and put in back in your box with the flag up.”

      is incorrect, but close. simply write “unknown at this address” and place it back in the mailbox for your carrier to take care of. An example of why is he or she may know that the addressee lives at 25 Main Street and not where you live at 25 EAST Main Street, or lives at 125 main and not 25 main street.

      I was a carrier in a town that had 5 variations of Matawan Rd and one that in the past that was never officially changed on any records to be also named and otherwise known as

      Route 18,

      Oldbridge Matawan Rd.

      Old Bridge Matawan Rd.

      Old Bridge Matawan Englishtown Rd

      Old Matawan Rd.

      Only within the last few years was the one remaining Rte 18 street sign taken down and that was by a guy who wanted it as memorabilia . that sign was along what used to be the curb of Rte 18 but at one point 50+ years ago Rte 18 was diverted and straightened out eliminating this part of it and this part of the road was also widened and straightened out moving the pavement about 18 feet from where it used to be on that street corner where the street sign was originally placed and then ignored and forgotten by those who realigned the road and should have removed that sign .

      Main rule, of mail is simply hand or place unwanted or unknown mail back in the mailbox and preferably with a piece of paper taped to it stating why you did so. Marking on the mail can be OK, but sometimes it creates problems.

      For example you may mark on a letter RETURN TO SENDER that has a check or document in it that the person it was addressed to desperately needs. If there are a few streets with similar names a good carrier will as the carriers on those routes if they know this persons name , allowing that letter to get to the intended person faster.

      I have had exactly that situation happen because the sender accidentally failed to put South Main and only put Main St. on the letter.

      Also you should know if the mail has ‘Bulk Rte postage on it, it gets thrown away. Bulk rate postage mail is never forwarded UNLESS it says on it “forwarding postage guaranteed” or
      “Address Correction Wanted”

      One final thought is if the mail is not for you but is your address. before getting excited look to see if after the name it says OR CURRENT OCCUPANT. A lot of people get mail addressed to a different name and flip out calling the Post Office bitching about their mailman, while he did exactly what he was supposed to do by delivering it To the CURRENT OCCUPANT.

      In other words there are lots of variables so the best policy is simply tape a note to it explaining why you did this and place it back in the mailbox alone with the flag up and let the carrier write on it to solve the problem . and also just use a small piece of tape , don’t tape it so much it’ll survive a typhoon!

  14. Judy Hinds says

    y our I manage a duplex property. Some get mail delivery by our rural delivery person. The side of the road they have to put their mailboxes are private residents. I have one who keeps removing the mailbox and has decided she does not want it on her yard anymore. Isn’t there an easement they have to allow for t his? These people will be charged to get a post office box because they have home delivery available. Please reply to my e-mail address

    • John says

      contact the Post Master in your delivery area which is usually but not always in the town you live in. Tell them your problem and the PM will get it solved

  15. rajinder kharbanda says

    some one stole my credit card and my husband’s licence from the mailbox, which does not have lock. I like to know where I should go to find out if I can have my own mail box with lock. Di Ihave to inform omy close post office also. I do not know where to start to having my own mailbox with lock. I live in seatac area in seattle sate of washington.

    • JFS says

      You don’t say what the current situation is. If you now have a mailbox with no lock, you can buy a locking mailbox at any hardware store or big box store, and replace the old one with a new, locking one, in the same place. (Mailboxes belong to the property owner, not to the postal service–though only they can put items in the box.) If your mailbox is part of a row of apartment mailboxes, you’d have to talk to your landlord and to the post office. If you are willing to spend the money, you can get a Post Office Box at the post office, and have important mail delivered there, instead of to your home. This is the most secure option, and also protects larger items, that may not fit into the mailbox.

  16. Dawn says

    I have a curbside brick mailbox already but am having my driveway expanded to include a turn-around, etc. I’d like to have the mailbox moved several feet over to make room for turning around, extra parking, etc. Is this legal???

  17. dennis schemm says

    Here is a question for you ? The new owner of the building in which I live lied to the postal delivery person and told them there are only 4 units in the building and is forcing us to share a mailbox with another tenant , there are 8 seperate units here !! Who do I cantact in my area to get this issue resolved ?? Fort Lauderdale , Florida — I know this has got to be against some sort of federal law — anyone have some advice ??? thanks

    • John says

      again way out of time for this to help the person asking, but call your town and see if it is a legal 8 apartment building. It’s probably not. be cautious what you do because if not legal and you report it, all may get thrown out .

      I suggest you speak to a lawyer before acting on anything.

      If it is a legal 8 apt building then you may consider calling your local Post Master anonymously and ask for help also . Her can put in a small ‘cluster box’ that will solve the problem

    • rmPublisher says

      I don’t believe anyone other than the rightful owner can move mailboxes (with USPS approval). Check with local postmaster on this…

  18. Gary says

    ……………some more info.I live in a town where mail boxes are one side of the street. My mail boxes is right next to my neighbor it’s been there for 21 plus years. Neighbor decided he wanted to move my mail / post box down the street away from his mail box. He dug the post out and moved everything down the street some 60 feet. Want right does he have to do this?.

  19. Larry Miller says

    One of the mailboxes is missing its lock. As a resident and trustee for the condo assotion, can I replace the missing lock?

    • John says

      no the carrier is supposed to remove them and send them back with postage due

      HOWEVER UPS does in fact use the USPS to deliver parcels, overnight mail and letters to areas that it does not deliver to, so always look on the UPS label for US Postal stamps or permits before complaining

  20. June Romans says

    I live in a condo with lock mail boxes in blocks. The USPS delivers weekly flyers from various stores and I do not want these flyers. Do I have the right to deny receiving this wasteful paper that ends up in the trash?

      • John says

        contact the sender. As long as postage is paid the USPS by law must deliver it.

        unaddressed Flyers are also delivered as what is called ‘3rd bundle’ r ‘marriage mail’ everyone is supposed to get them and there is no logical way to stop their delivery so just throw them out with your paper recycling..

        Technically they are addressed mail as 3rd bundle mail meaning the fliers are accompanied by a thin small slip of paper with occupant and your address on it with your regular mail

    • JFS says

      No. A lot of European countries give people the right to refuse 3rd bundle mail and/or addressed “occupant” mail. The US has no such option. You can call people who advertise. If it’s addressed to [your name or occupant], ask to have the address taken off the mailing list. If it’s addressed to “occupant,” or as part of a 3rd bundle packet, tell them you’d planned to shop with them, but will now not be doing so, as a protest against bulk mailing. Do remember, however, that paper recycling is fairly efficient, and that the US postal service has very low postal rates, high speed and good reliability, overall (given the distances covered) compared to many other countries.

  21. Kim says

    I think it’s rediculous that we pay taxes for lazy Postmen. I regret signing petitions to save our
    little post office and their employees as well. All I get is grief from these so call Federal workers. I was made to move my mailbox to the curb since the previous owners placed it on the other side of the sidewalk. No big deal. Then the lazy Postman keeps shoving every size letter and package in the regulated box which eventually broke off the post. I thought if they had something large they could walk to the door and leave it or hold it until I can pick it up. Instead they continue to fill the box on the ground rain or shine. (Numerous times I have screwed it back in place.) 85% of my neighborhood has wall mounts near their front door, so I figured I would purchase one as well with a lock. I traveled for a week to find out that they were saying I have NO mailbox to deliver to, and that it’s a Federeal Regulation that it must be curbside. I do not believe that this has passed, and that they’re just incompetent Government workers. It really isn’t fair that they can destroy anyone’s property, and have the opportunity to do it again. These packages are way to big, even for the largest mailbox. Shouldn’t they try to respect the recipient’s mail and box? They should be fired!!!

  22. Andy says

    When a tenant moves can I remove the mailbox to that address since i own the property and the mailbox-so as not to have the previous tenant lerking around the area to check for his mail -he would have to go the local post office if he doesn’t forward his mail.

    • rmPublisher says

      I have done the same thing for my rental properties in the past… but check with your local PO – they may be able to hold the mail if you can prove you’re the property owner.

  23. aduluthdad says

    I’ve just experienced the arrogance and petty enforcement of the ‘POSTAGE’ requirement on an item left for me in my mailbox. This regulation is a perfect suggestion as to why the USPS is going down the drain. If the existence of a single envelope in my box is declared to “hinder” the delivery by the delivery person, then they don’t have a ghost of a chance of succeeding in this modern world. In our case, our delivery person came to the door and demanded payment for ‘postage due’. We gave him what he wanted in the form of 1 cent stamps. I imagine a rule will be promulgated to outlaw this practice much in the same manner that the IRS has banned payment of taxes by use of small change. All I can do is shake my head!

  24. Deirdra says

    I am considering moving into a home that the owner has split into a front and back apartment. I am told that all the bills have to go in my name because I will be in the front part of the house, but I noticed that there is only one mailbox and the owner said that it has to be shared, is that illegal? I do not know the person that is living in the back and would not feel comfortable with her going through my mail. If any of my mail disappears who do I go to the Post office or the owner?

    • rmPublisher says

      You have a very valid point – it sounds like an illegal setup. You should consult with your local USPS office.

  25. reneethatsall says


  26. O Hargis says

    we live on a very busy highway and to cross is very danger my husband isn’t able to get across the road very quick as he shuffle, and the only time he goes to get the mail is when I’m sick and can’t go. I went to the postmaster and try to get it move to the left side which is a county road also there are two more houses on this road, but because the mail carrier has to make a left turn and when they pull out another left. They wouldn’t let us move them. There are 4 mail boxes on the right side but only 3 would be moved also about every two month one of us has to purchase a new box where some come through with something and knock the boxes off. there are more left hand turn from this driver and they are in a bad curve. Are there any other way that we can get this change to .

  27. GaSouthEagle says

    I am trying to help a disabled person to get his life straightened out and one of his issues is the property owner where my friend rents a trailer lot keeps telling him he can only have one mailbox. If that is true how can I get a written hard copy of that particular code so I can convince him that the property owner is correct?

  28. Mercedes says

    Can landlord, or roommate change locks on mailbox without notice, even though this ours your living address and mailing address?

    • rmPublisher says

      I don’t believe that is legal, if the tenant still, legally resides at that location. I would recommend that you check with your local USPS office.

  29. Donna Albro says

    I have given permission for my neighbor to put their outgoing mail in my mailbox for the mail carrier. Yesterday there was a nasty note from the carrier saying essentially that “it is a private mailbox for the use only of the residents of my address. ” My neighbors have a post office box and it is inconvenient for them to go to P.O. just to send out mail. There is no “big blue mailbox” in our area.

    • rmPublisher says

      The carrier is correct. It is a federal offence to place or take mail from a box that does not belong to you/resident.

      • JFS says

        They may be able to get around this by using ” [their name] ℅ [your address]” as a return address. (Of course, if they mail anything illegal, it becomes your problem.)

        The big problem–and the reason for the law–is people using other people’s mailboxes, generally without permission, to send illegal items. A minor problem is people using a return address that isn’t an actual mailing address, so that any returned mail, can’t be returned.

        The use of “℅”–combined with them putting the mail in your hands, if you want to be a real stickler for the law–should get around both those problems. But check with your Post Office (not the carrier, who may be presuming nefarious intent, where none exists).

  30. Elizabeth says

    Is it illegal to tie balloons to your mailbox post? It is not interfering with the actual mailbox.

  31. Fed Up says

    My mailbox is located near the street & is not a locked mailbox. Is it a Federal offense to open a neighbors mailbox & leave the mailbox door open if it does NOT belong to you. My neighbor is doing it & also stealing any junk mail or newspapers that are in the mailbox? Please advise because I’m tired of the neighbor leaving my mailbox door open & stealing any mail that is of interest to her! Do I need to set up a video camera on this neighbor for legal purposes??

    • rmPublisher says

      It is indeed a federal offense to tamper with a mailbox that does not belong to them… contact your local USPS immediately.

  32. Bk says

    A postal worker has to deliver to well over a thousand addresses a day. Even if only one tenth of the time he/she had to leave the vehicle and even if that only took 30 seconds each time, that would add 50 minutes a day. EVERY DAY! All because you don’t want to spend 30 minutes ONCE to solve the problem. Who’s the lazy one in that scenario?

  33. Tina says

    Is it true that a law exists mandating all mailboxes be appropriately marked with the address as to ensure proper USPS delivery and also to aid emercency services in responding to correct location?

    • peter benedict says

      did you get an answer about this matter,,, i have a tenant telling me its a law t for each tenant to have his or her own box put up , thanking you peter

  34. Kathy Wyatt Sparks says

    we have a double brick mail box for us and the neighbor accross the street. My husband built the mail box in our yard to match the house. Mail is delivered on our side of the road in our yard. The neighbor makes huge ugly carnation flowers ? from polastic table clothes and put 1 on her side of the mail box . they look awful and it is in my yard . Is this leagal. what are my rights ? I do not speak to her she does this to annoy us . I ask the mail carrier and he said to call police I want to rip the things off and throw then in her yard . Mail box been there 20 years and she getting senile ?? help

  35. mike says

    is it a federal offensive for my landlord to replace my curbside mailbox or does he have that right we live in oklahoma thanks

    • JFS says

      Replacing one box with another is normally the building owner’s business, though he /she may need to notify you in advance that work will be done. The owner (Not the tenant) can replace the sink, repaint, replace the windows, replace the mailbox.

      If you live in an area where there’s a standard size and style of mailbox (or an official bank of mailboxes) the homeowners association or the Post Office may also have some legal rights to decide on the replacement box. You don’t, so long as it meets minimal standards for a US mail mailbox. You’re the renter. It’s your mail, but the box is not your physical property.

      If you mean, “remove” rather than “replace,” that’s a different question.

  36. Wynco says

    My neighbour has decided that my mailbox is 3/4 built on his property – only quarter on ours. This was in error as we thought it was our property. 10 years after he moved in – they had a survey done. Anyway they tell us they are going to demolish our stone mailbox and small 1ft high wall which borders the property. We have agreed that if they are correct then they will be given permission to move these but we must do it legally so as not to have further problems.
    they obviously do not wish to spend money on this so have decided to park a car on their property but with 2 wheels on the road absolutely overlapping the mail box so we are now unable to get mail. The mailbox has been in this position for many years. What can we do – are they within their rights to prevent us receiving our mail in this way.? Petty and vindictive it may be – but is it also illegal.? Who decides where a mailbox should be placed.?

    • Tina says

      I know this is an old post, but did you get an answer? I have the exact problem but in the reverse. With new construction and an ugly box going up in my yard for the guy across the street.

  37. says

    If you live in a private home with 5 multi mailboxes but a tenant in wheelchair can’t access their mailbox due to stairs in way can mailbox be moved near their door just opposite porch of where it is now (there are two porches in house closest to two other tenents homes) it is only maybe 3-5 foot difference and there is ramp there for wheelchair access ….went to post master just ingnoring request.

    • JFS says

      Cite the ADA (americans with disabilities act) and ‘reasonable accommodations.’ Try the local ACLU if that doesn’t work.

  38. Trevor says

    So it is only legal for a member of the post office to put all sorts to marketing crap in my mailbox. There is no stamps on these items … I think citizens should have the right to stop the post office putting marketing crap in my mailbox.

    • charlie says

      The “marketing crap” is postage paid, they all have stamps or are inked in some way to show that the business has paid for the postage.

    • H. Allen Childress says

      If I purchase my mailbox, maintain MY property, The frikn US post office does not have the right to dictate what I can get in my mailbox. Nor do they have the right to impose laws that are outside their scope of business. I f they put something in my mailbox and someone else paid for it, then that is legal. But if I tell my landscaper, lawn treatment company/ pest control, pool guy to put my bill in mailbox then that should be my right to authorize. Our GOVERNMENT needs to be put in their place and we need to have an uprising to get rid of these dictating, money driven, crooked/ agenda politicians and our presidents that seem to think we want what they promote. NO WE DON,T

      • S. Me says

        If they want to put their bill in the mailbox then they should put a stamp on it. Just like you cant go to an oil change place and bring your own oil, they are loosing revenue. I agree that an uprising needs to take place, but not for this. They are bigger problems in our government other then proper use of a mailbox. Priortize.

        • Jesse says

          They don’t have to put a stamp, because the mail person Didn’t deliever it! They aren’t loosing revenue, it saves them cost also. Btw you can take your own oil to some stations, that saves them the trouble of going and buying oil. Since there isn’t a line that says when it’s time to address problems, (that line keeps getting pushed anyway) all problems can be addressed. If it helps someone, then it helps.

          • Mike says

            Homeowners need to be aware that even though they purchased and maintain the residential mailbox, the mailbox belongs to and is controlled by the USPS (United States Postal Service). That means that any tampering of the mailbox is a federal offense.

            Only the resident or an assigned agent (a trusted friend or relative) and postal employee (letter carrier) may remove prepaid postage mail from or place prepaid postage mail in the residents federally approved manufactured and installed mailbox.
            Only the residents street address, may be affixed to the outside of the resident’s mailbox or support structure (post), as per postal regulations. exception… Newspaper boxes may be attached to the support structure, but can not interfere with the delivery or retrieval of mail and only the name of the publisher (example: The San Diego Union and Evening Tribune Newspaper… its logo) may be affixed.
            Your local post office manager, determines the location that you will install your mailbox, be it on your property, by itself or grouped together with your neighbors mailboxes, at a location prudent to the letter carriers expedient delivery and safety when on their daily route. The location is not exact, to the inch… for instance, if the manager calls for you and your nextdoor neighbors , mailboxes be grouped together at the north east corner of your property and your neighbors at their north west corner, you both must decide, if a single post is used, with mailboxes boxes attached to each side, in an approved manner or two separate posts are used, attached in an approved manner… doesn’t matter as long as the letter carrier can reach both mailboxes without moving their vehicle or undue stretching or reaching, from sitting in their delivery vehicle. With mailboxes installed by approved methods, there must not be any obstructions in the way, preventing the letter carrier from being able to drive up to mailboxes, close enough, so that mailboxes are accessible to the letter carrier. No trash cans, no vehicles, no plants, no bushes, no tree branches…. NO nothing!! Letter carriers drive a scheduled delivery route, usually arriving at each mailbox at approximately the same time each day, give or take delays. It’s up to all residents to assure the area is clear at time of delivery.
            Federal postal rules and regulations, limit one mailbox per resident street address, approved design, located and installed per postal rules and regulations.
            Outgoing mail indicator, the red flag, is required by design. Only the resident or approved agent, may place the flag in the up position, when pre paid postage mail is placed inside mailbox. (Warning/suggestion… only place outgoing mail in your mailbox, placing the flag in the up position, before your letter carrier is to arrive. If your letter carrier fails to pick up your outgoing mail for some unknown reason, don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. Mail thieves pick mailboxes that have their flags up first, to steal mail from). Letter carriers, by law must return the flag to the down position when retrieving outgoing mail.

      • Fred says

        I so agree! I just ran across this site today as I was searching for info on mailboxes.

        We all know these general laws about the “Mailboxes”, but again, and particularly in this day and age.., it’s crap that these rules are present. Does the Post Office pay for the repairs of the mailboxes….., that their carriers absolutely trash????? Our neighborhood HOA replaced all the mailboxes with ones that had metal post in concrete vs 4 x 4 wood beams we had previously, just 6 yrs ago and now they are twisted and in disrepair due to the carriers.

      • mike sundman says

        I don’t think I have ever agreed with anyone as much as I do this thank you for putting it so bluntly

    • dan says

      I am with you Trevor. As a landscaper, I am putting a 3″x5″ pink slip in mailboxes, I received a call from postmaster, who threatened to have me arrested. Too bad if they are loosing revenue, its not their mailbox. The post office is an outdated system and it seems the only mail I get at home is junk mail. On top of that I don’t get my mail till 7:00 at night, hows that overtime. These guys drive around or walk around delivering letters, try landscaping in the heat, or some actual manual labor. Like teachers they are over paid spoiled brats, oh wait they are government / union employees.

      • Juanda says

        Rural Mail Carriers do not get overtime. They are paid a salary, if it takes me 12 hours to service 500 customers a day, I get no extra pay. Whether the weather is 20 degrees, 120 degrees, there is a hurricane with 40 mile an hour winds, sideway rain, snow, it doesn’t matter. I deliver your mail for 49cents. You can’t drive 2 blocks for 49cents and I drive 115 miles a day. I have to provide my own vehicle, my own commercial insurance, and pay for all the wear and tear on that vehicle. And I do it everyday because unlike you, I know the value of having someone bring me something so that I don’t have to go to the post office and get it myself. And all that is asked of you for this “Free Rural Delivery” is that you invest aprox. 10.00 in a mailbox, keep the passageway to it clear ( for my safety), and understand that NOT allowing just anyone to open it and have “Free Reign” protects your identity and personal business. And just for you mathathetes out there, for every letter you put in a box without postage adds up, just one .49 stamp for 40,000 routes in the USA equals 19,600.00 a day. How many of your businesses would survive if you lost that kind of revenue everyday?

  39. larry says

    I have a P O box can i remove my mailbox at my address if I dont use it, it is falling apart and i am not replacing it since i have a PO box. can i remove it

    • Jimmy says

      Hi Larry, you can setup a forwarding service for all your mail to be delivered to your PO Box instead of your home. Remove your mailbox or tape it shut.

  40. david parsons says

    Does a milkbox take the place of a mailbox? I say no but a patron refuses to replace with a mailbox. Can i stop delivery to this stubborn resident?

  41. concerned says

    Excuse me. Owner is an @zz. She just want to get our mail only from the box. He stating its private box and its illegal for us to get our mail.

  42. Questioning says

    My local USPS is dragging its feet installing the security lock on my apartment units four slot mail box. It’s been about three to four weeks since it was installed but according to the sticker on the front it explains that it should not be used until lock is installed by USPS. Yet my mail is still being delivered (sticker also explains how to open the unlocked mail unit by just pulling down with your finger, through the opening where the lock should go). I’ve contacted the post office over a week ago and they said I should by no means have my mail delivered and they were going to investigate and hold my mail until the lock is installed. I’m still getting my mail delivered though. I filed a complaint with USPS as the post office in question refuses to answer its phone during business hours ( I let it ring for a full hour today, no one answered. Not even the other number which I let ring for about half an hour).
    What are the specific laws about secure mail delivery to these mail box units?

    • Jimmy says

      You must contact the 800# at to file a complaint. Please do not call the Post Office directly as they are short handed.

  43. says

    Does anyone know how far away from the road you have to be to put in a post for a residential mailbox. Is there an easement restriction–can you be inside the county road easement of the road or does the mailbox post have to be just outside the easement.

    • Jimmy says


      Just as long as the carrier can drive up to the box without getting out of his/her vehicle then there would be no problem where you put it. Must be visible from the road.

  44. Wondering says

    So. I was renting out a house and long story short I court ordered them to move out. Well when they did they dug up the mail box and took it with them! Since mail boxes are federal property, is there any way I have a law suit?

    • Jimmy says


      Do you have solid proof, IE: video or photos they were the people that stole your mailbox, or do you just assume they stole it?

  45. Anthony says

    Sorry if I should start a new thread: Here is a new topic of concern. I allowed an individual (under verbal agreemnet) to place a temporary mailbox on my property until they could locate a spot on there own property. This agreement was 8 months ago. The postal delivery does not deliver on that side of the street; due to city limit border. So… he decides to tell me it is his right to leave it where it is and also adds two more boxes on the frame he built. Yeah it looks bad in my front yard. So in the end he agreed to move on a certain date. The moving of the box, never happened, until the day after in which I moved it and placed it on his porch. Now I am being threatened. Your thoughts please>>>

    • William says

      If your street is one way then the mailbox must be on your side. If not, I would file a change of address with USPS for your neighbor to the City that does handle the neighbors side of the street.

  46. Blake says

    Is it illegal to retrieve your personal mail from someone else’s mailbox? I would think not because your mail is your private property, therefore, as long as you don’t tamper with the property owner’s mail, there should not be a problem

  47. NomadHeart says

    Helloz people!

    My location is 31548.
    What does Postal and Federal law say about putting adds by hand (like door hangers) “IN” my mailbox.
    I thought this was a Felony!

    • Jimmy says


      Yes this is a felony. Please keep all adds that were put inside your mailbox (Not hanging from outside your mailbox) and give them to your Post Office when you have a chance and explain to them that someone put these fliers in your box illegally. The fliers must have an address and or a phone number. If they have neither an address and or phone number then the Post Office cannot seek them out and press charges.

      • Randy says

        what is the law for mail being put in mail boxes by individuals not working for the postal service? such as neighbors, landlords, tennets, ect.


    well like 1 week ago the manager of my apartment complex is painting the the outside of the units… he removed all the 8 mailboxes… i asked the landlord how will we get out mail.. she said the mailman is handing her all the mail for the units and she wil;l deliver to us… ok welll her daugher who is like 12 droped it off one day she dropped it of 2 other times but other then that theis it legaly said we have no mail… it just seems weird that the landlady is hanede out are mail…..

    • Jimmy says


      You need to contact the Post Office right away is this is continuing. It is illegal for the carrier to give other peoples mail to the building manager without prior written approval by you!

  49. Jessica says

    I’m having problems already with my apartments, but they have been crossing the line.and I been getting folded up noticess in my locked envolope or stamp and they had to have opened the box to place the paper this even legal?

    • Jimmy says

      Jessica, Please contact the US Postal Inspection Service

      Callers can reach the appropriate Postal Inspection Service office by dialing 1-877-876-2455 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in all time zones, and selecting from these options:

      Mail service issues [callers are then directed to 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)]
      Emergency situations
      Mail theft or identity theft issues
      Mail fraud issues
      Postal Inspection Service customer support
      Option No. 2, Emergency situations, is automatically routed to a special operator for assistance if a call is made after business hours.

  50. Milan Vit says

    My landlord is interfering with a residential mailbox in the apartment building he owns – he has the key to open the mailboxes, and he opened a friend’s mailbox. I believe tampering with USPS mailbox is a federal offense – what are my options to stop the landlord from opening mailbox (without spending a fortune on a lawyer)?


  51. elton clark says

    What is the penalty in tennessee for stealing mail from, and tearing up outgoing mail from a residential mailbox on private property?

  52. Common Sense Guy says

    Is it legal for the Post Office to place their “Point of Service” sticker in my mailbox, removing it and replacing it when they choose to do so? Every time they remove an old sticker, it leaves a sticky, leftover adhesive that’s about 1″ x 4″ long, which makes dirt stick to it, as well as becoming unsightly, even though it’s inside my mailbox.

    I tried to complain about it, but the “Postmaster” at my local branch took an approach of over-entitlement and power, very defensively stating, “We can put ANYTHING we want in YOUR mailbox.” (She then showed her lack of maturity by slamming a door on me for everyone in the branch to see, like a child throwing a tantrum.) All I was asking was if there was a way they could replace it in the same spot each time they move it, so we don’t have sticky crap all over the inside of OUR mailbox.

    (Another fine example of a Federal employee understanding they are “Teflon” and can do whatever they choose to do without any repercussion or having to answer to anyone.)

    • JFS says

      Yes. They can put a POS sticker (which the carriers need to scan, to check in at timepoints in their route) in any mailbox. There are hundreds of products that will remove sticky residue, if you’re worried about the look and feel of the inside of your mailbox. Another option is patting on a little talcum powder (if it’s the right color) to make the residue less sticky. Then instead of gathering dirt (if that makes you anxious) it will be fresh and clean. Postmasters should always be polite, but please realize that, if this is one of the bigger worries in your life, you’re leading a pretty darn comfortable life compared with 99% of the people you deal with every day, so have little grace.

  53. John Locke says

    My neighbor keeps parking in front of my mailbox so the mail carrier can not get access to the mail box can anything be done to stop this? Is there a rule about how close to a mailbox people can park?
    Thank you,

    • Jimmy says


      Please contact your local Post Office and give the address of the person who is parking their vehicle blocking the mailbox. They should send them a nice letter explaining that it is illegal for them to delay the mail which is what he is doing.

      • John F. says


        You may want to check your facts, it is not illegal to park in front of a mail receptacle.
        According to the USPS DMM (Domestic Mail Manual) it is the responsibility of the resident to prevent any obstructions, that would prevent the Mail carrier from delivery the mail.
        But if a vehicle is legally parked on the road, there is no jurisdiction / law preventing this.

        • Dan says

          It is federal offence to interfere with mail delivery.
          From Title 18, USC, Section 1701.
          “Section 1701. Obstruction of mails generally
          Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

          Dependent upon your local ordinances as well, residents may be required to park within so may feet of a mailbox. In my township it is within 10 ft. either direction. Some townships it is 50 ft. File a complaint with your local post master. Take photos as well, just in case the problem goes unresolved and you have to contact the Inspector.

  54. Connie says

    Can anyone tell me if a person no longer resides at a home residence, but continues to look inside the homes mailbox for mail, and takes items out of the box, is this against the law? This couple moved 2 months ago, but continue to look in my mailbox. How can I stop this? The mail that comes for them, I am returning to the senders stating that the person moved and left no forwarding address. Thank you for your help!

  55. says

    I was fined $1.85 per book by the local postmaster for hanging my Avon catalogues on the outside of people’s mailboxes. They told me the bags hanging there interfered with the postman delivering the mail, and that she retrieved and disposed of an undisclosed number of my catalogues, for which they still charged me postage, even though they were thereby not delivered.

    • Bettina says

      Hang it on people’s front / side / back doorknobs to avoid all that. This way, you avoid interfering with the mailbox – it is not mailed items, and therefore should not be on / in a mailbox.

  56. Edwin says

    Im living in a bad area .my mailbox is open at all times from the top were the mail man separates every ones mail . Is real upsetting to know that anyone can just open my mail box .i already had mail taken from my box and I told the land lord .he say he will look in to it .is been six mounth and nothing yet .is it illegal to have the whole mailbox open to the building and if not who is responsible for lost or stolen mail the post office or the landlord? And what if the landlord won’t help?

    • Bettina says

      Hmmm…check the rules governing rental law in your state. It may be a requirement that a landlord, in a multi-dwelling unit, provide locked mailboxes to tenants. Once you know that, contact the local post office and inform them of this, and that your landlord is not providing that aspect to ensure safe and confidential delivery of your mail. You may be wiser, as well, to inquire of a lawyer who provides services for tenancy law.

  57. says

    Is there a law that states that residents have to display their address numbers on the mailbox when the Address numbers are clearly displayed on the house, visible from the mailbox??

  58. says

    Is there a law that states that residents have to display their address numbers on the mailbox when the Address numbers are clearly displayed on the house, visible from the mailbox??
    My Carrier suddently refuses to deliver my mail, after 25+ years of delivery, until I display my address numbers on the mail box??? Can they legally do that???

    • Lori says

      Per “The house or apartment number should be clearly displayed on your mailbox. And, if your mailbox is on a different street than your house, the street name should appear on it, too.”

  59. Jimmy Branch says

    I have had (2) mailboxes destroyed in ten months by vehicles the first was a bricked column mail box.
    I would like to relocate the mailbox to the side of the house facing the court (culdesac) instead of the front facing the main street there are 4 mailboxes on the court already.
    Do I have to get a change of address to move the mailbox?

  60. Family says

    If a person has decided not to have contact with a person but had an item belonging to the person and placed the item into the mailbox to avoid walking on property can one still be in trouble? the item was placed and a message sent to person saying item was in mailbox. Nothing was removed nor did it cause a problem for the mail carrier.

  61. Jeannie says

    we have an existing rural mailbox that was setup according to what the original mail carrier wanted at that time. He told me it was just what he wanted. A year or so later we got a new mail carrier and within two to three weeks he wanted me to move our mail box to a new location on the property. I was never told the reason why. Does he have the authority to make me move the mail box? Every time we get a new mail carrier do I have to move my box to suit their whim ?

    • Bettina says

      My recommendation: follow what the postal regulations are in accordance with placement of a mailbox. I’m certain there are specifications for that. The post office can only enforce the regulations, not personal preferences of postal carriers. If that were the case, people would be moving their mailboxes every time a new postal carrier came on board, with all the personal preferences that exist out there in society.

  62. city says says

    The city I live in told me they have an ordinance about placing political signs on the right of way. Which has never been enforced. I tacked a political sign to my mailbox post. Not in the ground. My neighbor is on the city council and is against my political views. He called the police and they came and took my sign off my mailbox? Can anyone tell me if this is right?

    • Bettina says

      uh, what stupid police force does that? the post office governs mailboxes, not the police force. however, if someone tampers with your mail, then obviously, it is a federal offense, so the police may be involved if it requires that type of intervention.

    • Bettina says

      technically, the post office owns the mailbox – not the resident. but generally, i would think that they would communicate mailbox issues to the resident to correct first, before going to the extreme of removing the mailbox – unless there are more immediate issues going on with the placement of the mailbox (*such as seriously interfering with use of a roadway in a safe manner for drivers) – or they have left notification for the resident, time and again, to no avail.

  63. Lee says

    Being in our late 70’s we have to cross a very busy highway to get our mail plus the box is 100 foot or so from our driveway , But our next door neighbor has his mail box 30 foot down his driveway and the mail person uses their driveway as a turn around , ” not a circular driveway”
    When theres a apartment with 8 mailbox’s 3 addresses down on my side of the highway, with a circular driveway that she could go to turn around, then I could move my box to my side of the highway !! but she refuses ???? I understand there is a law that a mail person can’t turn around in a persons driveway unless it is a circular one ??? I live in Pa.

  64. says

    Dear Madam or Sir:

    We have recently bought a 60 year old house with the mail box on the house. We received a notice from the mailman that we need to put to place a mail box by the road. The post office says it is mandatory and the mail will not be delivered unless we relocate the box from the house to the curve.

    The neighborhood is a well established and my husband has researched by looking at the other houses on our block and found no other mailboxes by the curve.

    Are we legally bound to this request? We appreciate any one’s comments.

    • Bettina says

      unfortunately – yes, the post office can direct you to put up a curbside mailbox receptacle – however, they should equally be doing so with all residents in that same neighborhood and i would most definitely, in writing, bring that to their attention. they should be bound to enforce the same regulations with all residents who share the same residential set up. however, too, the neighbors may have post office boxes or other mailing addresses separate from their permanent addresses, and therefore, may not have curbside mailboxes because of that aspect.

  65. theresa says

    I have squatters in my building in Rosemont, IL. I am in the process of eviction. They put a note on the mailbox outside the building saying anyone who messes with the mailbox will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Now nobody in our building is getting there mail, what can i do?

  66. jvf says

    What is the purpose of this law? Is that purpose still relevant?

    “Existing residential mailbox laws state that only authorized letter carriers may insert mail into a residential mailbox. A penalty will be imposed for anyone who is not a letter carrier and is inserting mail in the residential mailbox. It is a federal offense for tampering with the mail and a fine or possibly jail time can be the punishment for the offense. Generally, resident mailboxes are for mail use only.

    However, newspapers and magazines which are sent on Sundays and national holidays can be placed in the residential mailbox if the homeowner removes them before the next mail delivery. The USPS code states that private carriers may deliver newspapers and place them in the newspaper receptacle only. The receptacle cannot touch the residential mailbox, cannot interfere with the delivery of the mail, does not extend beyond the front of the mailbox and does not display any advertising except for the name of the publication.

    The USPS Domestic Mail Manual states that “no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items of matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.” In other words, the mailbox may not be used for anything other than for pieces of mail with postage attached. The USPS Domestic Mail Manual goes on to states that it is a federal offense and there is a significant penalty for violating this law.

    Homeowners need to be aware that even though they purchased and maintain the residential mailbox, the mailbox belongs to and is controlled by the USPS (United States Postal Service). That means that any tampering of the mailbox is a federal offense. “

  67. wordsmithk says

    I apologize if I have posted this in the wrong section. I need to know laws regarding community (residential?) Mailboxes. I live rural and my mailbox is about a mile from my home. It is a huge box with multiple locking boxes shared by about 20 people. The first of this month it was stolen along with several others. Now the post office is telling us they will not replace it at a cost of about $200 each person who shares the box. No one who shares the box seems to want to pay so the post office said we should all get together to decide what to do but I have no idea who shares the box! I was told they will only hold my mail for two weeks. Is the post office responsible for providing these boxes. We are not allowed to put up our own personal box.

  68. josh says

    How long do I have to report mail box tampering. A man across the road put a vet bill in my mail box without mailing it. It had no postage. The bill was from him to me.

  69. Ken L says

    I understand if a homeowner was to damage HIS mailbox, then he should be punished. The same goes for vandalism. But, if I so chose to relocate MY mailbox, then that should be my choice. I agree with others, if the US Postal Service rules my mailbox, then they should be the ones who provides it for my home. If by some chance mine gets destroyed or stolen, I will not replace it. The US Postal Service can place my mail on my front porch. If they are going to control it, then they need to install it and maintain it. Although I agree with all of the previous comments, I don’t think that was the intention of the laws when they were made. I think that some mail carriers need to be set straight and not be telling home owners that if they move their mail box for either their easier access due to health reasons for for the good of the mail carrier, they will be prosecuted for breaking federal laws.

    • Bettina says

      prosecuted? i would think the most the post office will do is hold / withdraw delivery of mail, if the mailbox is not in accordance with regulations. and they are required to inform you of this aspect – that your personal mail will be at the local post office for pick up. if a resident is disabled, i would think the post office has rules governing reasonable accommodations for that, but i can’t speak with 100% certainty on it either, you would be wise to contact your local post office. I would think, ultimately, the post office would work to uphold their mission to deliver mail to all addresses in the US, as they promote that service quite often.

  70. Becky says

    We live in a rural subdivision. We made a stone pillar to hold our mailbox. It is the regulation 6 inches from the curb. We are being told it’s against state regulations (MN) to have it because it doesn’t swing away or isn’t able to break off if someone hits it. After losing a few mailboxes, are we justified in placing it in a secure enclosure or can our county township make us remove it?

  71. Joseph says

    I live in a duplex but the landlord only has one address registered at the location, and only one mailbox is provided. I got tired of my neighbor taking my mail, so I went and rented a PO Box. Now my local motor vehicle division states they have to send my new title (to a car I just bought out of state) to my physical address, and refuse to send it to my PO Box. I am concerned my neighbor will then steal the title, forcing me to spend a lot of time and money to deal with getting a replacement issued. is there a law that states if you have 2 renters in one building, there need to be 2 unique addresses (as in Unit 1a, 1b, or 10A Main Street and 10B Main street ?) Please advise. Thanks.

  72. says

    Law for Residential Mail Box. I live across street from apts. I have problems weekly with my mail delivery. Sometimes carrier will get out of vehicle and deliver mail and sometimes not. This is a motorized route. My wife is partiley disabled what can I do to stop the blockage of the mail box she orders her prescriptions to be delivered by mail.

  73. Jan Boike says

    I am replacing a double mailbox post to a single one. What is my responsibilty to my neighbor and how do I handle?

  74. vanessa says

    Are my neighbours who live upstairs from me in a duplex aloud to go through my mailbox? My mailbox is on the front porch and theres is on the side of the house. They used to live here like 6 months ago and I really dont like them going through my mailbox. Is it a crime for them to do so? I think it should be….. thnx

  75. Nathan says

    I have a question. There’s this lady who keeps putting envolopes on our mailbox. Taping them to it. She doesn’t work for the USPS. She used to be a friend of my fathers. She is pretty much stalking us. Should I keep them and return them to the post office? And have them contact the lady that keeps putting these letters on the mailbox.

  76. stacy says

    I have a question – is it legal for USPS to hold my mail because they state that my mailbox is not adequate for the amount of mail I receive? Which is not true, I’ve had the same type of mailbox for 10 years, and when I mentioned this to the mail lady she said maybe just leave it unlocked so they can put everything in it, I explained to her there is the magazine rack on the bottom of the mail box, and she said it takes too much time to separate the larger junk mail from letter mail. So because it’s a “hassle” for her I should risk unlocking my mail box along with identity theft??? I don’t get it and I’ve called the local post office twice now, still waiting for a call back from the women who left the notice after she sis postal “inspections”.
    – Pissed off in California

    • Bettina says

      I never heard of a post office directing someone what size mailbox to get, if the one that they currently have fulfills postal regulations as to mailbox sizes (*which there is more than one) – sounds like your postal delivery carrier is just being lazy. How can they ‘predetermine’ that you will continue to receive all these large amounts of mail. A business tends to receive large amounts of mail – and I don’t think the post office can direct them what size mailbox they need to have available. Unfortunately, as with most government organizations, they tend to become way too large to be managed effectively.

  77. dan says

    Another stupid government law / regulation. I am a landscaper, and I leave a carbon copy slip in mailboxes after we cut. I got a call from post master saying I could arrested. So let me get this straight, homeowner buys and installs mailbox maintains to their regulations, they are ok with me putting slips in there, but the government owns it. Just another example of stupidity. I know mailmen and like most public service workers they want everything and want to do nothing! I feel bad for them when its 100 degrees out, walking / driving around delivering mail, boo boo try some real labor in that weather, like cutting grass or installing patio. Pamered spoiled little brats is what I call, like most union workers, and an example of government of over exerting their power.

  78. Cindy says

    Is it illegal for me to retrieve a piece of mail out of my own mailbox that was addressed to someone else? A minor in the household wrote a letter and stamped it, but it shouldn’t have been sent.

  79. erica says

    Is it legal for the hoa I live in to lock my mailbox (we have room with numbered locked boxes) if I don’t pay dues…..when I do not have a mail box in front of my home…..and am told I’m not allowed to have one….nobody in this hoa has one… basically they are telling me unless I do a they say they will lock my box and force me to pay for a post office box in town

  80. Joseph says

    I respect my postal carriers. But why are none postal carriers allowed to •Open Mailboxes and put mussel anions liturature ..
    I Understand our law.. So why arnent they penalized and persecuted due to breaking the law. for going into. Mailboxes
    Please do Respond.
    Thank you

  81. Juanita Juarez says

    I have a question..So I have a home.I’ve got a roommate..She hasn’t paid not one bill. Or any of the rent. I went in her room to close the window because I was turning on the air conditioner..I saw an envelope..I had one just like it that I mailed to my worker. She took it out of the mailbox, opened it reading my time sensitive mail and left it in her room…If Iwwouldn’t have seen it my Girls Insurance would’ve been cancelled..What can I do??

  82. Stephanie says

    My neighbor across the road (where all the mailboxes are) said that our mailbox is tacky and if we didn’t get it to post office standards he would remove it himself and that we have one week to remove the mailbox before he takes it down Is this legal? He states that he can remove it if it has been below usps standards for more than 6 months.

  83. A. Whitt says

    I have the most inconsiderate, base neighbors a person could ever hope to have.

    Their mailbox is 25 feet from my window where they park their Corvette to check the mail and leave the car running.

    I own property further up the road, property that’s across the street from theirs.
    My thought is that since they don’t care to be so noisy checking the mail, I want to move their box up their.
    Any thoughts?

  84. Irene says

    I live in a 6 unit building and there is a special locked box on the outside of the building where the key to the front door is kept for the letter carrier so s/he can get into the lobby where the mail boxes are. After 28 years of this outside box being in the same location, we are being ordered to move it lower b/c the letter carrier is very short. There is a hole cut in the siding where this box is and so “moving” it lower is not so simple. The PO refuses to assist. Is there are law or regulation requiring us to move this outside box? If so, what is it? If we don’t move it, the PO says they will hold our mail indefinitely at the post office!! Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • Bettina says

      If you live in an apartment – your landlord is responsible for taking care of relocating your mailbox, in accordance with post office regulations – not you, as the tenant. For real, there is no way that I would engage in doing that – it would turn around and you’d be charged with defacing rental property. Sorry, but my landlord would take care of it – or I would contact a lawyer who specializes in tenancy law.

  85. Ashley says

    Is it illegal for an apartment complex to clear out a mail box after the old resident has moved out – and before the new moves in? It is not occupied, they have all the keys. The post office leaves everything from the old resident in there, and continues to stuff it full of junk mail. Because it is not occupied, is it still illegal? I would think that if the post office doesn’t care to hold/forward old mail, they don’t care that it gets cleared for them. Personally, I like that the complex cares to get my mail, checks, deposit refunds, etc, out before the new resident gets their hands on them!

    • Bettina says

      It should be the landlord informing the postal delivery person who then could remove it appropriately and return it to the local post office. The landlord has NO authority to touch personal mail that is addressed to another individual, even if they were a tenant on their property. You should change your mailing address when you move, with a start date for it. Personally, I would not want my landlord / rental manager / maintenance, or whoever working for the apartment, touching my personal mail – that is absolutely foolish.

  86. sadtenant says

    Help. In MA. My landlord, after talking to multi times, refused to update her mailing address. Her excuse is that she technically still lives at the house I rent. (She hasn’t lived here since the beginning of the summer of 2013) With that being said I finally got fed up with her never bothering with any mail, and me having to physically pot it inn her car when she would show up to do mess with her plants behind the barn. I called the post office and let them know that she not any of her family reside here and please refuse any mail addressed to them. Well she now sat in the driveway till the mailman came, took the mail from him, complained about me. Put all of the mail in her vehicle. Went out back to tell her son that she will wait everyday for the mailman, take all the mail delivered, and I won’t be getting anymore mail. Also stated that I won’t get any mail today because she took it all. She then took off with the mail, back to her residence in the next town over. What can I do about this. I have followed the rules, put any left mail back in a near by drop box with a note stating refused, and had the post office refuse the mail from people who don’t live here.

    • Bettina says

      File a complaint with the local post office that she is gaining access and taking your personal mail and that you are not receiving it – that is a federal offense – she has no legal right to take or touch your personal mail. End of story. As to her own mail, if she is that stupid, to continue have it be delivered at your address – I would go directly to the post office, inform them in writing that she does not reside there, and make them aware that she is meeting the postal carrier at your permanent address – and taking the mail they are to deliver there. And that this, itself, is interfering with your receipt of personal mail. The postal carrier, is not required to hand her the mail directly – the post office can enforce that aspect. Or, solve all of this, take down the mailbox and obtain a post office box for your mail directly. Once the mailbox is taken down, inform the post office directly, this way, they no longer make attempts to deliver mail at your residence directly – that would solve it.

      • Bettina says

        However, since you have a landlord, honestly, you probably can’t take down the mailbox – though, that doesn’t mean, that from a legal perspective, the post office can’t as technically speaking, even for rural mailboxes, they are the actual owners of mailboxes, not residents. If this is all preventing you from obtaining your mail, because your landlord is taking it – the post office probably will be interceding on your behalf. And frankly, I would enforce it with the post office if needed. I would not put up with my landlord (or even another tenant for that matter) taking my personal mail, unless I have legally established them to do that, which I wouldn’t. Stand up for your rights, don’t put up with someone taking your mail – there is way too much identity theft in society to just let that all slide.

  87. Rachel says

    Does anybody know if its illegal for landlord to get their personal mail at your residence even if the live somewhere else

    • Bettina says

      First, why would your landlord have their personal mail sent to your address – wouldn’t you be renting an apartment from them? Second, while that is definitely ‘out there’ – as I most definitely would not agree to receiving someone’s mail who does not reside directly with me – there are people who live at a permanent address who may have different mailing addresses – that itself, is acceptable to the postal system.

  88. Andera says

    Hi, in the rental community I live in we have our own mailbox but they are setup like an apartment mailbox where you have a key to check it. Well I have received a couple emails asking residents to check their mail regularly because they were full. I received another email today saying all mail will be thrown away if its not checked. Can they do this?

  89. Rocio says

    My family and I have been having Mail issues. our neighbor from the back apartments has the same address ( we’re 123 and their 123. 1/2. The mailman often mixes up our mail but lately they have been getting right. My neighbor with the same address is being bitchy and as soon as the mAil gets here she opens our mailbox ! Is that a federal offense on her part ?

    • Bettina says

      Heck yes, it is a federal offense – I mean, if she takes your mail from the box. Accidentally opening it then immediately closing it, thereby realizing her error, without touching your mail, not sure that itself would apply as a federal offense. However, also, I would contact the local post office to re-iterate that you both have separate mailing addresses – sounds like postal carrier error as well going on, and of course, if she is taking your mail, inform the post office of that aspect as well.

  90. iwanttoknow says

    I have a weekend place in pa and the local post office refuses to allocate me a mailbox. This has been going on for almost 8 years now. First their excuse was that there are not enough boxes for permanent community residents. The community has built more mailboxes and the post office still refuses to provide one for me even though we now have a surplus now. And my money paid for the mailbox. What does the law say? I can’t get a po box because by the time I get there on the weekend, the post office is already closed.

    • Bettina says

      I never heard of a post office supplying someone with a mailbox, most people purchase their own and affix it according to postal regulations – but even if they do purchase, technically the mailbox itself, belongs to the post office, not the resident. Amazing…but true. If you have a post office box – isn’t that located in a location of the post office that is always accessible by community members? Doesn’t make sense, that it is only accessible during hours of operation of the post office…with most people’s schedules, the post office boxes would be full quite often and mail couldn’t be delivered there, because many wouldn’t be able to get to the post office only during hours of operation to obtain their mail. No doubt, overfilled post office boxes would be an issue with the post office as well.

  91. William says

    I have a question. I had my mailbox taken off last winter 5 times by plow trucks. I called them to come put up a new one with post because the post was destroyed. The said sure well when they did they never replaced the post and my mailbox ended up in the ditch again. So once weather warmed up i went to post office to get the requirements for putting up a new one. I got the requirements and was talking to the postmaster about putting up a masonry mailbox. She said as long as it breaks away when someone hits it the requirements don’t state that it can’t be masonry. So I’m a bricklayer and have built them before just not my own. So I put one up that will break off when hit. No rebar not solid. It’s been up all summer without any issues. The mail lady said she loves to deliver my mail. Just last week i received a letter from the department of transportation and they say it is not to code. It is 3 foot off the road and 4 foot high what the requirements say. They said that if I don’t take it down they will. My question is do they have the right to do this? Even after going by the requirements that the post office gave me?

    • Bettina says

      I would ask them which code they are referring to and request they send a copy to me. The post office regulates mailboxes and the requirements surrounding their placement – not the department of transportation. I would contact my local post office and inform them of what the department of transportation relayed to me – and request that the post office verify the placement of my mailbox, that it is within their regulations and requirements on their end. If the department of transportation then attempts to, or does, take down the mailbox – contact the local post office to have them charged with interfering with mail delivery.

  92. Smiles says

    I live in a rural area . There are 3 mail boxes in front of my house, one belonging to my address one belonging to my neighbor. The 3rd one belonged to a mobile home between my neighbor and I. That home has been gone for several years, but When I have a UPS delivery or Fed.EX. delivery , they get confused by the 3rd box and are constantly delivering my packages to an empty home on the other side of me? Can I cover the unused mailbox to help remedy this problem? or is that against the law?

    • Sam says

      The best way to remedy this is to make sure your address is clearly marked on your house, not just on your mailbox.

  93. says

    I live in FL. I just built a mailbox, out of wood, per regulation T-large. Now I’m got a notice today that: 1. Your box is not an approved box,
    2. The door needs attention (it opens from the right to left).

    Is this just laziness or legit?

  94. Kerry Le Blanc says

    My mail box is about 30 feet from my house, but there is a abandoned house even closer to my mail box. And since my house in in a Y intersection and I have a hard time having large packages delivered, do I need USPS permission to move my mail box closer to my house, or can I do it myself.

  95. Joe says

    A jerk that isn’t happy with me or my business keeps telling the Post Office we are know longer in business and to quit delivering mail. Is this a crime?

  96. me246 says

    I had a situation where a mail man left a note in my mailbox. When I took it in to the post office to address the issue he had written in the note, the manager at the usps said she would talk with him about it which was fine. However, when I asked if I could have my note back or if she could make a copy of it she refused and told me it was her property. I was under the assumption that a note left in my mailbox was my property though. Am I incorrect?

  97. Donna says

    I live in a culdesac and my next dorr neighbor is constantly picking up any form of nails and screws and placing them in MY mailbox.
    we have installed security cameras and have finally caught him on camera doing this. He is even taking items out of his pocket, nails and like items and placing them in the mailbox as well.
    Can we and the post office press charges against him?
    Thanks for the advice.

  98. question123 says

    I had a situation where a mail man left a note in my mailbox. When I took it in to the post office to address the issue he had written in the note, the manager at the usps said she would talk with him about it which was fine. However, when I asked if I could have my note back or if she could make a copy of it she refused and told me it was her property. I was under the assumption that a note left in my mailbox was my property though. Am I incorrect?

  99. lelani says

    My brother-in-law once lived with us and never changed his address so we would give him his mail after he moved. Since I am still a permanent resident of my hometown, own a home there but I am attending school elsewhere, my mom has been checking our mail. It is my box with him as a member of the household. He recently left the state temorarily and my mom told me he received a letter from the court. He is now threatening to turn her in for mail fraud because I told him that it was in the box. If she had my permission to check it, he doesn’t have grounds for any of this does he?

  100. KIM says


  101. K C says

    If someone has mail coming to our house and takes it out without us knowing, is that a federal offense?

  102. Elba says

    My son-in-law has been withholding letters and recently a package I sent to my daughter. Is there something she and I can do about this this meanspireted activity?

  103. Marg says

    We have just purchase a townhouse and have now found out that there are no mail boxes and management/HOA told us that we have to get a P.O. Box at the post office (yes, but that also cost money and I have to go to the USPS to pick my everyday mail) is this even legal?
    I was under the impression that we all had the right to a physical mailing address (mail box) where we live.
    Does anyone know a way that I may be able to solve this ? Any suggestions or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

  104. Laura says

    I live in a rural area and my mailbox is on the side of a heavily traveled road. It has been hit so many times. I am tired of replacing it. Would it be possible for me to place a new mailbox directly off the road, in my driveway?

  105. Eric says

    We have NEV ER used our free standing brick mailbox for mail, and have filled out several dropped off cards stating we have gotten our mail the past 35 years at a PO Box in another town and do not intend to ever use our box for mail. NOW the local carrier is zip tying my mailbox closed with a red zip tie and you can see it from a half block away.

    They know we do not get mail and never have, so why do they think they can do that?

    I wonder if she (the carrier) and the postmaster have ever had a Congressional complaint?

    • Dee says

      in regard to my problem, I wrote to Washington D.C to the head Postmaster, so to make it easy on themselves, they shoved the problem back to my local Postmaster , so the circle never ends.. My postmaster is against me moving my box so I removed it anyhow, now they stopped delivering my mail.

  106. James says

    Is it eligal for the mail person not to give you your mail at all they the notes on the apartment mail boxes say no name no mail and my names keep coming out even though I tape them in ? What do I do about this

    • DC says

      Tape your name to the back of the mailbox (on the inside) close to the top so that it is visible to the carrier. It is always good to empty your mailbox daily. Make sure your name tag is taped securely; this will help in it not being torn off when mail is being inserted into the box. This should rectify the problem.

  107. Amy slik says

    My carrier has advised that she doesn’t like my mailbox and wants me to modify it. It’s approved by the postmaster according to the box…do I need to modify? She says she doesn’t want to have to lift the flap..lazy in my eyes…

  108. Dee says

    What about if you’re disabled and cannot get to your box which is way up the road? I dismounted my box, wrote the Postmaster for the last 2 yrs with this complaint, we’ve since put a box in the front yard, now they claim the post deliverer cannot drive backwards..we live on a cul de sac no traffic obstruction whatsoever.. Could this be a legal matter? She wants us to put our box on someone else’s property, I am against that.
    Just wondering what anyone thinks..

  109. says

    our neighbors told in court they knew the people that put a rattle snake in our mail box can we bring charges on these neighbors and make them tell us who did this ? and can we bring charges on the neighbors for not letting us know that this was happening . They did not tell us or the cops about this They put our lives and our family lives danger

  110. Shannon D. says

    I need to know if I am parking my car in front of my house/lawn and I am not blocking the neighbors mail box behind my car and have made sure the the mail carrier has room to deliver their mail and I am not blocking my mail box, can they tell me to move my car. At first the carrier said that she needed more room so I moved my car to insure there was plenty. I watched today and saw her deliver to the neighbors and then pull around to deliver mine, I then checked my mail and she would only leave a nasty note saying that she had to back up to get around which is not true under any circumstances. I live in a residential neighborhood and I am not blocking delivery of mail and I am not in a no parking zone. I feel she is being harassing just to be.

  111. Marie says

    Is it legal for a postal driver to deliver mail from his personal vehicle? My mail carrier showed up yesterday in his vehicle to deliver mail and earlier in the day he was in a regular postal vehicle. I questioned him about why he was here two times and did not deliver mail the first time.. He said he was delivering packages the first time and now he was on overtime… the reason I’m asking is we have been having either no delivery or very late delivery service for a few months now and everybody is getting pretty upset about it.

    • DC says

      Technically, a carrier on OT (Overtime status) is to use USPS vehicles while delivering mail.
      Personal vehicles are sometimes used by carriers when a) delivering Express/Priority mail after the regular carrier has already left for the route. USPS vehicles are used to deliver parcels as well when the parcel count is large; they are usually delivered before the actual route delivery begins. This parcel run will inevitably make regular delivery time later than usual. Only RRC’s (Rural Route Carriers) use their own vehicles, and, lately, Postal vehicles have been assigned to those routes as well.

  112. Brenda says

    As a NY State Townhouse Renter:
    There are 3 buildings with 4 townhouses in each building. Our mailbox situation is not safe. We have 12 Black Plastic mailboxes stacked right next to eachother on one long wooden post. Many times when the mailcarrier puts mail into each and leaves, the flaps fall open and our mail is entirely exposed. As individual townhouse renters, living in a commercial area where lots of traffic and walkers going past and around have access to open any one of our mailboxes at any time. How do we get LOCKED mailboxes installed?
    Many of us (of the 12 individual tenants) are concerned about identity theft and the fact that some days, upon returning home from our jobs, many of these plastic mailbox lids are open and mail is entirely exposed. Cant we have someone pay for and install locked mailboxes? Who can we contact to get this done … without suffering repercussions from our landlord, who is not concerned about it at all. Our landlord does not live on premises. Nor is there an office on premise. It is 3 buildings with 4 townhouses in each building.
    For us 12 tenants, what are the laws and our rights to have someone pay for and install “locked” mailboxes where only the mail carrier, the tenant and the landlord have a key? Who do we call? Please, if anyone has any information to help us on who to call … to get this service done- legally and paid for by someone other than us tenants.

  113. Ken Manning says

    I put out 4 letters of outgoing mail in my residential box for pickup on a Tuesday morning. By nightfall when I got home, the flag was still up, and the letters were still sitting there. I got so mad I tore the red flag off my box, and vowed to take my outgoing mail personally to the post office myself.

    But now… what’s the legality of not having a red flag for outgoing mail pickup on my mailbox. Will I still receive mail, or do I have an illegal box now?

  114. Evelyn says

    I live in a 4-plex and our U.S. mailbox is shared with the APT. complex next door out on the street (each of us have our own mailbox key). I went to check my mail, and all of my mail and mailbox is gone! APT complex next door was not aware that our 4-plex had 4 mail boxes with keys and she had new mailboxes installed for her APT complex tenents only! For now, I have my mail on hold, and landlords are telling me to get a P.O. box to fix problem…seriously?? Where is my mail that was in my mailbox, and why should I have to pay $85 a year for mail???

  115. Jim says

    No reply necessary, just a comment for your website.

    Our Southern California neighborhood is trying to combat a worsening wave of mail and identity theft. Local police agencies do nothing and a comment from our local postmaster when confronted about this issue was ‘It’s a social problem’. The postmaster also disagrees with the USPS Domestic Mail Manual that our postal receptacles are government property. We maintain that because it is that the Postal Service needs to be more aggressive in helping to enforce the theft and tampering laws. A minimal amount of surveillance in the USPS residential and business delivery areas could be a start. Postal Service patrons are not getting what our taxes pay for.

  116. Amanda says

    I recently installed a nice, attractive new mailbox and post. It has no slot for “newspapers” and so the weekly advertisement paper that arrives on weekends was tucked into the decorative scroll the next week. I was hoping they wouldn’t deliver it to me anymore. Today I went out and saw that they had installed a black plastic tube into my new mailbox with a metal clamp screwed on. I am livid. Is it legal for these people to install something on my mailbox??? I want to call and complain. I am definitely taking it off if I can.

  117. ken mason says

    I was recently called out of town I thought I would be gone for a few days so I did not put in a hold mail order I was gone almost two weeks on my return I found my mail box empty I called the p.o. and was told that the carrier had removed my mail as the box was full and had it sent it back to sender with the notation moved no forwarding address js this the proper procedure thank you ken

    • DC says

      If your mailbox is full, the carrier is to leave a 3849 notice (Left Notice) in the box, take the mail back to the Post Office and place it on a 30-day “Hold” status. If the mail has not been picked up by the patron by the end of the 30 days, the mail is then Returned To Sender with an “Unclaimed” stamp on it.

  118. GIL MASON says

    In our subdivision we have 56 mail boxes on wooden railings. We are getting ready to repair the railing. However we have 4 mail boxes where the addresses no longer exist and haven’t been used in years. The local postmaster says we cannot remove the rusting mail boxes with out a written document from the present homeowner who bought those properties. We ask WHY? the addresses no longer exist.
    No one seems to know the rule in this area, HELP.

    • Mike in Michigan says

      Sounds like a big project! Whether the four properties in question have been abandoned or have been purchased by other parties, they are owned by someone–even if the jurisdiction in which the properties are located (city, township, county, etc) has taken possession due to unpaid taxes. You can go to the Clerk’s Office in the city/county in which the properties are located, tell them of your situation, and provide the four addresses to them. They will (or, at least, should) be able to tell you who the current owner(s) is (are). Then you can contact the (those) owner(s) to get written permission to remove the mailboxes.

  119. Jeremy says

    I’m hoping someone here can provide information or advice. We live on a cul-de-sac and have little curb. I have two sons that play basketball. I bough them a hoop. Since our driveway slopes I placed it on the street. Due to limited curb space, the only place I could place it was near the mailbox. When I initially put it up, I was notified by my carrier that it was in the way. I then moved it so the pole is nearly a foot behind the face of the mailbox. I thought things were resolved since it’s been, at least, 6 months since the previous complaint. Well, I was wrong. I received a new notice the other day. I am extremely frustrated. They want me to remove it, which means I will have to get rid of it all together. It makes no sense, and yet I have no power. It’s literally impossible for the carrier to hit it without going through the box first. Is there anything I can do? I don’t want a disgruntled mail carrier, but this is ridiculous. There are no specific regulations that I can find. It’s whatever they think.

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  121. John says

    Can I put a payment to my landlord in a slot in the door of the mail box?. I did not open the mailbox Or tamper with anything inside. I just slid a payment into a slot on the door of the box. I also have an verbal agreement With the landlord to do so

  122. Asha says

    So our mailbox broke and we’ve been calling around for months to fix it even went to our local post office to ask if they know of a solution because who ever put the mailbox up put cement around the hole and every pole we buy isn’t wide enough. So we’ve been picking up our mail at the post office and especially now since its snowed and the hole is covered. Well the post off is now refusing to give us our mail is that legal? An also they told us to put a bucket outside with sand in it at the end of the drive way and they’d deliver our mail in that bucket is that legal and can they be held accountable for if anything comes up missing since it’s technically not a mailbox and we did what they suggested us to do?

  123. Birgit says

    We live in a nice neighborhood, all new homes. To get the mail, we have to go down the road about 50 yards of a community/ condo type mailbox for 16 other homeowners.
    Can we build our own mailbox at the house? Not just that it is far away to walk down there every day, but there is no way to give the mailman small boxes like the small USPS type box. I have to drive 20 minutes to the pot office to get them send out. The carrier won’t see small boxes in our mailbox and thinks it is existing mail and leave it in our mailbox. How do I go about having my own mailbox?

  124. Nixie says

    I was bestowed a ‘free’ PO Box because I live around the block and across the street from the local PO Branch. My problem is like many small town residents I work out of town. I would like to have a Mail box at my house but they say I am not on a delivery route even though they drive right by my house on their way out to deliver the mail and my neighbors across the adjacent street do have their mail delivered. I don’t find the PO Box convenient for my use due to the fact that the Branch hours are after I leave for work, closed for lunch and closed before I get home from work. I can’t pick up packages from the branch unless I miss work to do so. They have Parcel boxes with keys that they could use for my packages I receive but do not do so. What are my rights in this matter?

  125. Scarlettbttrfly says

    My mailman took mail that was delivered on friday out of my mailbox because I didn’t get out early enough on saturday. Now he’s refusing to deliver. It probably doesn’t help that I filed a complaint about him a few weeks ago after he stood in my front yard yelling and screaming about a number on the box. Not sure what to do. Calling the post master was useless. There are only a few things I really need through the mail otherwise I could care less. In the mean time, I’m at a loss as to how to deal with this.

  126. Fury says

    I am so pissed. I spent good money on a nice oil rubbed bronze mailbox for curb appeal and I’ve lived in my house for 15 years and never until now that our mail carrier retired and we now have a new carrier that I come home and the new carrier took a black market and wrote my house address on the front of my mailbox lid….GRRRRR!!!!! There was no need to do this since I have large metal numbers for my house number mounted on both sides of my mailbox post…..she did this to every mailbox in our neighborhood. So trashy and I feel this could devalue our homes because it looks so trashy. I mean, could they not have just put a notice in our mailbox that they would also like our house numbers to be on the front on out mailbox and we could put stickers made for mailboxes that wouldn’t have looked trashy??? Again…..GRRRRRRR!!!

  127. Melissa says

    My husband and he father inherited a two family home from my husband’s grandfather. There’s always only been one mailbox. My question is is it legal for the mailman to hand over our mail to my father in law ( we never gave permission) or not to even sort the two addresses? My father in law is very nosey and controlling he literally goes through our mail to see where it’s from

  128. Mike says

    Here’s a good one. Had my mothers mail forwarded to me because she was getting tons of junk mail plus she can’t handle bill paying anymore. As this junk came in I’d write REFUSED. When I got enough I’d bundle and drop it off at the USPS. Suddenly, last Oct I stopped getting any of MY mail that pertained to money ie: bills etc. The rest, like magazine subscriptions and such, were delivered. Called my local USPS and was told my mail man turned ME in as having moved with no forwarding address. Said the fix was simple; start delivering it again, but they never did. Went in person Sept 28 and was told this happened because I wrote “Moved” on the junk mail. I fired back I had NOT, I wrote refused. I finally got a Senators Office involved and it was straightened out just last week. My question; can a mail man LEGALLY turn you in as moved? Doesn’t that require MY signature? I did NOT fill out any form nor did I sign anything and have had the same address since 11/1994. I know for a fact my mail man did this and he put me through 5 months of hell trying to clear it up. During this time I was almost turned in to collections for a medical bill I didn’t know I owed, two separate items I bought online were returned as refused when I never even saw them, costing me $12 in shipping, and I’ve had several businesses call to verify my address because they’d sent something twice to have it returned twice. Do I have a legal right to pursue this mail man and if so, what would it be?

  129. Taylor says

    “Homeowners need to be aware that even though they purchased and maintain the residential mailbox, the mailbox belongs to and is controlled by the USPS (United States Postal Service). That means that any tampering of the mailbox is a federal offense.”

    While its true that your mailbox is controlled by the USPS, saying your mailbox belongs to the USPS makes it sound like the USPS owns your mailbox. That’s not exactly true, though. The USPS owns the USE of mailbox, not your mailbox. In other words, they are the only one’s who can put mail in your mailbox.

  130. Ashley says

    Hello. Thank you for this helpful resource and for sharing your experience as these matters are not common knowledge. I have a serious issue which needs expert consideration, and I am hoping somebody here can assist me with their valuable insight.

    My mailbox is located across the street from my house. It is a terribly busy road. I counted passing traffic and it averages one car per second during daylight hours. Speed limit is 40 but very few drivers obey it. Last week I was nearly struck by a speeding van; visibility around trees and curves is an issue. The week before that a man in a large pick-up truck saw me crossing the street to get my mail and actually revved the engine to speed up in an attempt to frighten me. He came so close to hitting me that he had to cross the middle line into the opposite lane to avoid hitting me; because he sped up so abruptly I could not get across the street in time. These two incidents are not isolated. This happens all too often. It is reasonable to conclude that I am some day going to die trying to check my mail. The law of averages will eventually catch up and my luck will have ran out.

    I called the post office today. They said I cannot move my mailbox to my side of the street, and they are 100% not going to approve the move no matter what. They said it’s because each side of the street is assigned to a different route, and therefore two separate contracts.

    My address is a city address. My next door neighbor’s address/house (which is 20 feet away from mine) is also in the city however, their mailbox is on their side of the street in their own front yard. There was a time when this street was not as dangerous at it is now. Crossing it was not an issue back then but construction of new homes and business means more people and more traffic.

    This issue has me worried for very good reason. My gut is telling me over and again that one of us will eventually be killed trying to get the mail. I don’t think I would be this concerned if it were not a real probability. To ignore the warning signs and keep taking my chances is not only stupid but grossly negligent with regard to my family’s safety as they also check the mail from time to time.

    I feel as though I am in a position where nothing can be done. I do not believe my circumstances are actionable until something terrible has already happened. Even if somebody is hurt, Im not sure the federal government can be held liable. Like I said before, this is a complex situation which requires some real expertise. Any information you can give me will be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance, and thank you for your service. The mail service is an important and integral part of all our lives.

  131. Tori says

    Hi, quick question. There are two mailboxes in my yard, both are on the same board, but on separate posts… are my neighbors allowed to plant or place a box around their post if it is in my yard? (We have no trespassing signs everywhere.)

  132. Kenneth says

    Today while I was at work, my wife gets a knock at the door. She does not answer, she was taking a nap and didn’t want to be seen. She opens the door later and the mail was sitting in the front of the door. It was a medical bill. We live in an appartment complex. I don’t understand why they just didn’t put it in our mail box which takes a key to open. I check it every other day. What if we were not home? We don’t tell them this information. What’s a mail box for then? Did they violate the law?

  133. John Clark says

    I live at Avalon Bay (formerly Oakwood) on Barham Blvd, near Warner Bros. The other day I found my auto registration sticker on the floor in the corridor. 2 weeks ago I did not receive an Aftra retirement pension check request for confirmation it had been automatically deposited to my account (a stupid request), that was supposedly mailed to me. I was told to send them a hardship letter if I hoped to get it quickly(!)
    3 months ago, Chase closed my account because it had been compromised, so I have a new one. I happen to be the community Notary Public on the property.

    The position of management is that the care of my mailbox is mine, not theirs, just as though I lived in a house. The USPS mail lady informed me that she had put my mail in the box, but that the master key to the mailboxes in each building have been stolen or copied, and there’s nothing to be done about it. Someone is calmly following the deliveries, and helping themselves. Hundreds of people live here.

    Theft of mail is a criminal offense. But policemen are not allowed on the property. If I caught anyone doing this I would confront them and take their picture, as there are no security cameras here. You would probably read my obit soon thereafter.

  134. jeann Solo says

    Hello, I was wondering… I occasionally park in front of my mailbox, the postmaster has left a letter stating my mail will be returned if I continue parking in front of the mailbox. I would like to think, it is their job to get off the mail car and drop off my mail inside the mailbox right? Please help me out here. I would not like to call my post office and or complaint to them . Thank you.

  135. Rachel says

    My owner goes into my mailbox and steals and takes pictures of my mail, what can I do and how do I report it?

  136. Mike Jones says

    WOW!!! I am so glad that I am not the only one having problems!!! I’m a retired postal worker in the past yr my postal carrier has been breaking mailboxes, driving on the grass, magazines & Catalogs they have subscriptions to not arriving(mostly Female related Magazines) until that Bright Orange Label stating “This is your Last Issue”, for not picking up mail when flag(s) is up, the time of mail delivery can be any where between 9am – 5pm. Neighbors ask me all the time what to do…My answer to them is to complain to their Postal Supervisor. Now this Carrier is treating my delivery the same as the neighbors. I spoke with him about not picking up out going mail for the past 4 days with the flag up. Her answer, “I had no F’in mail to deliver”. Now I know the postal contracts handbook 33 Route Performance
    331 Line of Travel, that clearly states about the flag up to still collect out going mail, even if there is no delivery. She took my mail, threw it to the ground, yelling “F(word) you” while shooting me the middle finger. So I went down to our neighborhood Post Office, asked to speak with the supervisor. The Supervisor told me that there have been many complaints on my Postal Carrier, and there has been no investigations for reason this said postal carrier told their Supervisor that her route has many violations including the mailbox the carrier ripped off the post, took a photo of it, then had a PS Form 4056 written up on it!!! Plus that is not the only neighbor that received that form, there are many!!! Now being a retired postal worker gave me no backing, and I’m guessing her word being a postal carrier goes before above all… Anyone have this problem??? Or is she just this single Carrier.

  137. Hailey says

    My cousins girlfriend keeps getting mail at my grandpas house even though he’s told her that she isn’t allowed to use his address, what can we do about this? My grandpa is 86 years old with cancer and high blood pressure and doesn’t need this stress so any advice would be great.

  138. larry says

    Hummmm, Postmaster inspectors, are you telling me that I purchase a mailbox and don’t own it? A private household product, like my household automobile according to ucc 9-109, not subject to licensing, registration or taxes. The affiant will like to see the contract i signed giving any entitys or real person the control of my private mailbox.

  139. Ms. P. says

    I am a renter in a condo and the owner/landlord went in my mail box and checked my mail because it had someone else mail in there with my address on it and she took it out and took a picture of the mail and sent it to me via of email the picture of the mail letter and put it back in the mailbox. She stated that neighbors stated that someone was receiving in her box and not authorized to be in my unit. first of all my question will be to her in the morning, how would a neighbor know what’s in my mailbox and what gives her the right to go in the mailbox if I am renting from her now? What can I do about that.

  140. says

    Can someone help me? I evicted my roomate tenant. She went to the post office and put a hold on her mail and gave a forwarding address (not a change of address card). But does she have the legal right to put a partial hold on mail at my addres? The problem is that some of my mail is now missing. I am the homeowner, aren’t I the only one allowed to request any and all mail holds?

  141. Sharon Hartman says

    This is the sixth time someone has nailed my mailbox. After the fifth time, I concreted the post and rebar. Is it legal to put rebar around the base of the post in NC

  142. says

    I taped a note on the outside of my mailbox at my front door
    saying, “Please leave packages at side door” -> It’s been
    there for years. Today the note was torn off and thrown
    into the bushes. Is it against the law to tape a message to
    the mailbox at my front door? PLEASE REPLY. thanks

  143. Anita Reed says

    I don’t have a commitment but a question. I have a friend who receives her diabetic supplies through the mail. She wasn’t expecting it and the mailman delivered it and left it out side her apartment door. Her neighbor who she has problems with from time to time took it upon herself to take the package into her apartment without my friends permission to even get it. My question is, can her neighbor get into trouble for this even tho she gave it to her the next day?

    • Nick says

      Yes, it’s a federal offense to tamper wiTh someone’s mail. But, if they choose not to press charges then it’s okay. My friends mother worked at the post office for over 35 years.

  144. Nika Lyon says

    I live in a senior housing complex where our mailboxes are located in an inside lobby area.
    The management company has started locking the lobby at 5 p.m. Several of our residents work 8-5 and are not able to access their mail until the weekend. Is this legal??

  145. Nick says

    Can someone please help me?! Someone (I think another tenant @ my apartment) Keyed me & my Fianće’s Names out and it’s a Hate Crime. How do I go about this?! He has harassed us before, because he doesn’t like our lifestyle. But, we haven’t done anything to anyone!! We’ve helped people out in our complex. But, they tampered with a federal mailbox. Does anyone know th better way to handle it?!

  146. Derik says

    I live in a 3 apartment house there are 3 mailboxes on the porch 2 are next to each other and third one below them two I live in the lower rear I assumed mine was the bottom one I wrote my name on the box and had mail delivered the next day I notice that someone untaped my name put it on the top right one and put there name on the bottom one. Which one mine? Can a postal worker do that? Or one or my neighbors in the house did it and if they did is that legal?

  147. Justin says

    Is it legal for me as a renter to move someone elses wall mount out of my private spaced in cubical pourch without landlords permission?

  148. Krystal Bettencourt says

    My sons social secirity card was mailed out i never got it (there was issues with the mail carrier putting 2a mail in the bix for 1a and vice versa) i went to social security and the post office but what else can i do the supervisor at post office stated the male carrier gets the mail already “packaged” in order of adress and will skim through it to make sure its correct. Issue here is its my sons social 🙁 not the normal bill etc.

  149. Anonymous says

    Hi. I live in a apartment building we share the front yard recently my neighbors moved out. when i took my dog out i seen a letter sticking out of their mailbox so i put it inside and closed it to prevent mail thieves from taken it. I didn’t remove it from the mailbox just slipped it inside and closed the their mailbox. I was going to leave a note for the mail carrier “return to sender” but decided not too instead when i see the mail carrier tomorrow i will inform him/her they moved. i certainly will not touch anyone else’s mailboxes or mail in the future. Can i get into trouble? I didn’t have permission to put their mail sticking out inside their box. i am a law biding citizen who would never prevent someone from receiving their own mail. Thanks

  150. Suzanne says

    I live in a rural area with mailboxes on the road. My problem is that my sister-in-law rummages through my mailbox daily and the mailbox of my renter. What do I do?? What are my legal recourses? Please can you help. We’ve asked her to stop but she says she does this to sort the mail???


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