With thousands of post office locations and USPS mailbox locations nationwide, it’s easy to find a USPS drop off location near you to ship parcels domestically or internationally.
Types of USPS Drop Off Points
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 post office, including USPS drop off services and others such as:
- Priority Mail Express
- Priority Mail Express Flat Rate
- Priority Mail
- Priority Mail Flat Rate
- Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes
- First Class Mail
- Parcel Select
- USPS Retail Ground
- Media Mail
- Global Express Guaranteed
- Priority Mail Express International
- Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate
- Priority Mail International
- Priority Mail International Flat Rate
- First-Class Mail International
- International Priority Airmail
How to Find U.S. Post Office Locations
You can easily find a U.S. post office near you for a USPS drop off 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. These are the easiest USPS drop off locations to access.
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 mailbox at a USPS drop off location, 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. This will easily allow you to find the nearest USPS drop off locations
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, so you wouldn't usually be able to use this as for a USPS drop off.
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 a USPS 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, and youwon't have to find and get to a USPS drop off location.
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