Reasons for opening a po box vary from different people and circumstances. Po boxes create a convenience for people that travel a lot, move frequently, or just not home for a number of reasons.
First lets explain whats the difference of a “po box” and a “PMB”(private mail box).Po boxes are great and all, but the only problem is that they accept only mail and USPS products from the USPS postal service. A private mailboxes on the other hand is a private establishment that is open for business as a certified mail receiving agent (CMRA). CMRA’s unlike a po box has a physical address and accepts all forms of parcels for a fee. For a business to be registered and approved by the USPS Post Master to be a CMRA they must meet or exceed guidelines to operate as a CMRA.
The process of opening a po box and a PMB are similar, with both you’ll need to fill out a United States Postal Service form called a PS Form 1583. This form is a little tricky and will look like you’ll need a lawyer to fill out, governmental forms are never easy…Here we have attached a sample for you to compare when filling it out.
The ID’s needed are pretty specific:
Valid drivers license or state non-driver’s identification card
Armed forces Identification card
Recognized corporate ID
Alien registration card
Certificate of naturalization
Current lease for your apartment
Deed of trust
Voter registration card
Home insurance policy
Vehicle insurance policy
The last thing that you’ll need to do after filling out all necessary fields is to find a notary so that you can sign and have the form notarized. People usually have a hard time finding a notary and most of the time when going to a CMRA they would have a notary on premises but if not, a local bank or law firm should have a notary as well.
I’ve been thinking about renting a mailbox since I’m not home a whole lot. That way, I would be able to pick my things up at an easier convenience. As you said, there is quite a bit of information that you would need so I’ll be sure to get all of that in order first.