Everything You Need to Know About Renting a PO Box

About PO Boxes and Why an iPostal1 Virtual PO Box is Better than a Standard USPS PO Box

About PO Boxes and Virtual PO Boxes

Mail in the 21st Century

In this digital age, you manage countless aspects of your daily life from a smartphone or laptop. The last thing you want to worry about is receiving postal mail and packages, right?

Close to 60 billion pieces of first-class mail were delivered by the USPS last year, and online shopping is driving an explosion of packages delivered to home or office. Think about this:

  • - What if you could securely receive, view and manage your mail and packages anywhere with an app or online?
  • - What if you could avoid wasted trips to the post office because you knew exactly what mail was in your mailbox?
  • - What if you were away traveling but need to read the content of a letter in a matter of hours, not days?
You can do all of this and more with a virtual PO box!

Your Virtual PO Box is a Complete Digital Mailbox

PO Box Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a PO Box?

A post office box, or PO box, is a mailbox at a post office with its own unique box number that postal customers can rent if they wish to receive mail away from their domicile or place of business.

Key access is required to obtain individual PO box contents. Lobby access to all boxes is usually available 24/7, and postal box renters visit very frequently to see if they have mail.

What is a Virtual PO Box?

A virtual PO Box is a secure mailbox at a professional pack and ship store or at a coworking space in an office building that customers can rent if they wish to receive mail and packages away from their home or business.

Virtual PO boxes are like standard postal boxes but come with several advantages:

Save Time and Aggravation

Using a standard PO Box requires making frequent trips to the post office just to see if you have anything in your box. A virtual PO box lets you view your mail items from an app or online as soon as they arrive

Take Control of Your Mail

Besides immediate notification of deliveries, virtual PO boxes also give you more control over your mail. With a standard PO box, you must physically retrieve your mail before you can do anything with it. However, with a virtual PO box you can manage your mail items remotely with an app or online. Management options include opening and scanning, discarding and shredding your mail.

Forward Mail Items Anywhere

You can forward your postal mail and packages, and with the app, you can choose what you want forwarded and the forwarding destination.

Get a Real Street Address

iPostal1 Virtual PO boxes provide users with a physical street address, which solves important problems faced by standard PO box users.

A virtual PO box with its real street address allows you to receive package deliveries from any carrier including UPS and FedEx, and it enables you to use your box address as a virtual business address.

How Much is the Average PO Box?

USPS PO Box rental prices vary according to the location of the post office and the size of the postal box. Therefore, it isn’t useful to discuss average PO Box cost.

You could spend as little as $20 for a 3-month rental of the smallest box at an inexpensive location or as much as $360 for the largest box at an expensive location. That’s a huge cost difference! And at the end of the day, it’s just a standard PO Box with its inherent limitations.

You’ll need to contact your post office to find out the prices of boxes they currently have available, if any.

When should I Rent a PO Box?

Renting a standard PO Box at a USPS location is an option for receiving mail away from your home or office that could make sense in some circumstances. USPS PO Boxes are worth considering when:

  • You receive lots of mail (but few packages) and don’t mind going to the post office every day to view and retrieve your mail.
  • You don’t need to use your address for general business purposes.
  • You don’t care about the powerful virtual mailbox features of an iPostal1 virtual PO box.

How do I Get a Virtual PO Box

Getting an iPostal1 virtual PO box is quick, easy, and convenient. With just a few taps or clicks you:

  1. Choose from over 800 real street addresses where your mail will be received by trained professional staff.
  2. Choose your iPostal1 virtual PO box plan based on the amount of mail you expect to receive monthly.
  3. Create your account and pay for your plan.
  4. File Form 1583 as required by the USPS so we can receive mail on your behalf. We will help you with filing.

That’s it! You’re ready to manage your mail online or from your smartphone.

Choose from 3 Virtual PO Box Plans!

  • Virtual Mailing Address

    With Digital Mailbox for Me or My Family. Starting at $9.99/month.

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  • Virtual Business Address

    With Digital Mailbox for My Business. Starting at $9.99/month.

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  • Virtual Office

    With Digital Mailbox Plus Phone and Fax. Starting at $39.99/month.

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