Should I contact the post office before replacing my mailbox post? Should I contact the post office before replacing my mailbox post?

A mailbox post is a standard fixture in rural areas and suburban areas, for curbside mail delivery. The United States Postal Service has some regulations in place involving mailbox installation.

  • The post office requires that the mailbox be tall enough for the mailman to reach it from his truck.
  • The mailbox and post must be close enough to the curb or roadside for the mailman to easily reach it. This is usually 6 to 8 inches.
  • Mailboxes should be installed so that the mailman does not have to leave his truck to put mail into the box.

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