While a virtual post mailbox gives you a smart and convenient way to manage your postal mail remotely, sometimes you may want to just get a local PO Box for personal reasons. A post office box, or commonly known as a PO Box or a Postal Box, is a lockable mailbox located in a post office station. PO Boxes are traditionally used to receive mail when you live in areas where mail is not delivered directly to you home. These days, PO Boxes can be used for other purposes other than necessity. Here are 5 good reasons for getting a box.

1. Mail Security

A PO Box is physically located inside a post office. It is locked and accessible only if you have the right key or lock combination. Selected Post Offices have extended business hours and/or 24/7 lobby access so you can pick up your mail at any time. Mail stored in your postal box is also more secure compared to mail inside your mailbox at home because mail is often left in an unlocked mailbox that’s easy for strangers to rummage through.

2. Fast Delivery

Because PO Boxes are hosted by the Post Office, mail typically gets delivered faster to a postal box than to a residential or business address. There is no waiting for the postman to drop mail off at your home or office. You new mail is usually available before 12pm. This is convenient if you need to get particular mail that requires same-day mail-out.

3. Privacy

Another primary reason why people rent a PO Box is to protect their privacy. There are certain times when you don’t want certain people to know where you live. By getting a postal box, you get another mailing address that you can use for selected contacts and transactions.

A great example for using a PO Box is for receiving rent on real estate properties from your tenants. There are good reasons for not wanting your tenants to know where you live, especially when there comes a day that eviction is required.

4. Affordable Prices

Fees for PO Boxes are normally inexpensive. Depending on the box location and size, a 6-month term starts for as low as $10. However, you need to make sure that you get the proper box size that fits your incoming mail volume.

5. Permanent Mailing Address

A PO Box is great for people who move constantly. If you’ve ever relocated, you know the pain you go through – changing mailing address for bills, bank statements, and magazine subscriptions, updating personal information with the IRS and the government, and sending email or emailing friends your new address. It’s very easy to miss updating an important service. Next thing you know, you end up with identity theft because someone happened to get his hands on your personal mail. A PO Box reduces this problem by cutting down the frequency required to change your mailing address every time you move.

Good Choice for Basic Use

If you have simple basic needs for mailbox service such as protecting your privacy or for keeping an address that you use for mailing address purposes, a PO Box is a smart and affordable choice. Renting a PO Box is easy and hassle-free if you follow our 3-step process.

PO Boxes, however, are not always the best choice under certain circumstances. Some reasons for why they’re not ideal will be covered in a separate article. It is also why you might want to consider alternatives like our Virtual Post Mailboxes for more sophisticated uses and needs.