Do you need your USPS ID?
We researched whether the USPS required an ID, and if so for which services. These are the results.
Is USPS required to have ID?
To receive certain products or to apply for services, the United States Postal Service (USPS), requires identification. The service or product you require will determine the form and level of identification required.
This article examines the USPS and the types of ID they require: how and when you give it; and which forms are unacceptable. Finally, we look at United Parcel Service and what kinds of ID they request.
What ID do you need to open a Post Office Account?
Online, you can open a Post Office Account for your business or personal use. You don’t even need to have ID to create it. You will need to have ID in order to access the services (which you can manage through your account).
This account can be used to manage PO boxes and domestic mail claims. You can also print postage labels and purchase stamps.
Follow the prompts to create an account at the USPS.
What does “Primary and Secondary ID” refer to?
The terms “primary”, “secondary”, and “secondary”, refer to the levels of identification. Primary identification is your photograph. Secondary identification is your address (a utility bill).
Some USPS products and services will only ask for one of these information, while others will require both.
These are the most common forms of primary identification:
- A driver’s license issued by the state or a non-driver ID cards
- Card for the United States Armed Forces or Uniformed Services ID card
- U.S. Permanent Resident or Other Identification Card
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
- A federally recognized tribal nation issues an identification card
- Matricula Consular Card (Mexico).
- Canada NEXUS Card
- Corporate identification card
- U.S. University Identification Card (for certain services)
These are the most popular secondary forms of identification:
- A mortgage, lease, or deed-of-trust
- Voter card or vehicle registration card
- Policy for vehicle or home insurance
- Utility bill
- Form I-94, Arrival & Departure Record
Not acceptable forms of identification include:
- Social security cards
- Birth certificates
- Any type of credit card
What USPS Services and Products do I need ID for?
The USPS has a great information page that lists all the ID requirements for each service. These are some common ID questions:
You will need to have both forms of identification in order to get a PO Box number and keys. Both must have a photo of you, and one must provide a physical address.
Priority Mail Express Express, Certified Mail and Insured Mail are all options. You will need a primary ID that includes a photo of you.
You will need to have both forms of identification in order to use Commercial Mail Receiving Agency
Both forms of ID are required for “Change of address” and “Collect On Delivery”.
You will need to have a primary ID in order to purchase or cash money orders.
You will need to have a primary ID form in order to “Hold for Pickup” or “Parcel Return”.
Is USPS required to provide an ID in order to sign documents?
The USPS Signature Service (value-added) requires that the recipient sign for the package’s release. USPS added the service in 2011 and offers two options: Adult Signage Required Delivery and Adult Signage Restricted Delivery.
Adult Signature Required refers to the requirement that an adult sign for the package at the address of the recipient.
Adult Signature Restricted refers to the requirement that only the addressee sign for the package. They must also be at least 21 years old.
Each party must present a primary form identification before they can sign for the package.
This service is available for online and commercial customers who use Express Mail, Priority Mai or Critical Mail. There are associated fees and postage.
Are you required to have a photo ID in order to ship a package with UPS?
United Parcel Service (UPS), also requires a photo ID for shipping packages through them.
The ID must match the name of the person who is sending the shipment. This applies to all retail shipping outlets and locations worldwide.
If you have an account and have created your shipping label through that account, you don’t need to show identification.
You will need to have a primary ID form in order to pick up your package at a UPS store.
Learn more about the USPS You can read our related post to find out if USPS accepts FedEx returns and if USPS delivers at night.
Most postal and parcel delivery services require identification. There are two types of ID forms: primary and second.
You must have both forms of identification if you plan to buy a product or service from USPS, UPS or another carrier. You will be asked for both forms of identification, most likely both.
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