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USPS Drop Off Locations & Services

Michelle Mondonedo

by Michelle Mondonedo

On 2019 M08 7

by Michelle Mondonedo

With thousands of post office locations and USPS mailbox locations nationwide, it’s easy to find a USPS location near you to ship parcels domestically or internationally.

Types of USPS Locations

1. U.S. Post Office

There are over 30,000 post office locations within the United States. Post office locations are the best way to access every shipping solution offered by the USPS, such as:

Domestic Services:

International Services:

How to Find U.S. Post Office Locations

You can easily find a U.S. post office near you by clicking the Locations tab on the USPS website. Under location type, choose “Post Offices”, enter in your city and state, or ZIP code, and choose your radius (between 1-100 miles).

Should any results show up, you’ll also be able to see operating hours and parking availability.

2. USPS Mailbox
Referred to as “Collection Boxes” by USPS, you can find around 143,000 of these mail receptacles throughout the U.S. They are normally blue, and they can either come in freestanding units, post mounted units, or as a designated chute in a building.

USPS Mailbox Shipping Restrictions

It’s worth noting that there are restrictions on what you can drop off in a USPS mailbox. You cannot leave the following in a U.S. postal mailbox:

  • Stamped domestic and international mail that weighs over 13 oz.
  • International mail with a customs declaration that was not completed and submitted online
  • International mail requiring a customs declaration that bears postage stamps

If you leave the above items in a USPS mailbox, it will be returned to you. Instead, you should drop these items off with an employee at any USPS retail counter.

How to Find a USPS Mailbox Near You

You can find the nearest USPS mailbox by clicking the Locations tab on the USPS website. Under location type, choose “Collection Boxes”, enter in your city and state, or ZIP code, and choose your radius (between 1-100 miles).

Should any results show up, you’ll see the address that the mailbox is located at, in addition to the daily collection times.

3. USPS Distribution Center

USPS distribution centers (also known as Network Distribution Centers) are where parcels get sorted in piece and bulk form. These facilities are not open to the public and are not considered retail USPS pickup locations.

Once mail and parcels are processed here, they are then sent to sectional center facilities, which are located in designated regional areas. These facilities continue to route mail to local post offices and their final destination.

Make USPS Drop Offs Easier

  • Buy postage and complete customs forms online. This will help automate your shipping, and ensure your labels are properly formatted. (This is especially for important for cross-border shipments to avoid failed deliveries.) It also allows you to speed up the process for drop off, if visiting the post office is necessary. Note that you can sign up for an Easyship account and get access to pre-negotiated USPS rates immediately.
  • Create a USPS manifest for multiple shipments. Manifests provide a barcode that USPS can scan to process several packages at once. Easyship also has the ability to generate USPS manifests for you.
  • No time to drop off your parcels? Schedule a pickup instead! On Easyship’s dashboard, you can schedule USPS pickups at the convenience of your home or business address, saving you both time and money.