Find USPS Locations: Glossary
These are definitions for common Post Office™ location types and services listed as filtering options in the Find USPS® Locations tool. When you search for a Post Office, you can use these options to narrow your search results, so the location details page will show you which of those services are available in person at a specific facility.
A Post Office is staffed by a Postal Service employee and has window service hours. Many Post Offices have open, after-hour lobbies with self-service kiosks and PO Box™ access.
Most collection boxes are freestanding mailboxes such as the familiar USPS Blue Box, special white mailboxes for prepaid Priority Mail Express® items, lobby drop-off slots, or office building mail chutes. Pickup times are posted on the box label.
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Contract Postal Unit
Contract Postal Units (CPUs) are located within existing businesses. While not freestanding Post Office locations, CPUs provide a full range of USPS retail products and services at regular USPS prices.
gopost units are automated, secured, self-service parcel lockers placed in convenient locations where you can pick up or ship packages. Find a gopost location near you.
A National Retailer is an Approved Postal Provider® that provides shipping and mailing services as well as sells stamps.
A few kiosks are in large shopping malls. Most kiosks are in Post Office lobbies and offer many of the services available at the full-service Post Office counter. You can buy stamps, weigh packages, and print Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express shipping labels at kiosks. Bring packing tape and you can ship your items in our free boxes.
Village Post Office
A Village Post Office™ (VPO) sells a limited selection of Postal products and services. Village Post Offices are not stand-alone buildings but areas within existing businesses such as a store or library.
Definitions of USPS Services
A Blue Box is the familiar USPS® blue painted street box you see in your community. Collection times are posted on the box label.
Generally, business customers will go to a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) or a detached mail unit where you have a business mailing account to drop off a bulk mailing. USPS® associates at the facility will verify the preparation and eligibility of the mail, assess proper postage, and charge your business account with the correct postage for each mailing.
Manage your bulk mail account balance at the Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) where your bulk mailing permit is held.
You can obtain a bulk mail permit by either applying online through the Business Customer Gateway, if applicable, or completing PS Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile, available from your local Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU).
The United States Postal Service® is proud to partner with the VA to provide free burial flags for families of deceased veterans. To request a burial flag, download and fill out VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. Bring your completed form and a copy of the veteran's DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to your local Post Office™ location to submit your application and receive a burial flag.
Business Reply Mail® (BRM) is a domestic service that allows businesses with a permit to provide customers with a convenient, prepaid method for replying to a mailing. BRM pieces can include postcards, envelopes, self-mailers, flats, and labels.
Any business mailer who wants to distribute Business Reply Mail® (BRM) must apply for and receive a permit. To apply for a BRM permit, complete Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile and submit it at the Post Office™ location that will be issuing the BRM permit number (generally, the Post Office where the Business Reply Mail will be returned to). Note that a BRM permit requires an annual fee paid by cash, check, or money order.
Manage your Business Reply Mail® (BRM) account at the Post Office™ location where your permit is held.
During Call Referral hours, employees at the Post Office™ facility are available to take customer phone calls.
Post Office™ carriers deliver and pick up mail and packages for residential and business customers along Postal routes tied to specific locations. See Post Office locations that offer Schedule a Pickup and Pickup on Demand® in their delivery areas. If you have general questions about mail delivery, visit our FAQs.
Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service is the fastest USPS® international shipping option. GXG shipments are delivered in 1–3 business days to more than 190 countries, with overnight delivery to many places in Canada. International transportation and delivery are provided by FedEx Express.
Label Broker® is a service offered at Post Office™ locations for you to print outbound and return shipping labels using a Label Broker ID or QR Code that an online shipper sends you in place of a physical label. (Or, if you have access to a printer, you can print your label online with the Label Broker tool.)
Find Post Office™ locations near you that sell and cash domestic money orders. Learn more about sending and receiving domestic money orders, fees, purchase limits, and more.
Find Post Office™ locations near you that sell and cash international money orders. Learn more about sending and receiving international money orders, fees, purchase limits, and more.
Most Post Office™ locations accept first-time passport applications. Schedule an appointment online or use a self-service kiosk at a Post Office. If you are renewing your passport, you can mail it directly to the State Department. Learn more about passport services offered at USPS® locations.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most Post Office™ locations offering passport services require you to schedule an appointment online. A few Post Office locations still offer walk-in passport services. If you are renewing your passport, you can mail it directly to the State Department. Learn more about passport services offered at USPS® locations.
Accountable mail requires the recipient’s signature to show proof of delivery or protect against loss or damages. Accountable mail includes Priority Mail Express®, Certified Mail®, Collect on Delivery, Registered Mail®, Return Receipt, and Signature Confirmation™ items, plus mail insured for more than $200.
PS Form 3849, We ReDeliver for You! is the Redelivery Notice your carrier leaves when delivery was attempted but could not be completed. Schedule a Redelivery online or bring your notice with the proper form of photo identification to the Post Office™ location where your item is being held for pickup.
PO Box™ service is a premium service offered at Post Office™ locations for a fee to residential and business customers who need more than free home delivery or general delivery. Many locations allow 24/7 PO Box access, and if a package is too large to fit in your box, we'll hold it safely for you.
An Express USPS® collection box is a specially marked white mailbox for prepaid Priority Mail Express® items. Collection times are posted on the box label.
A few kiosks are in large shopping malls. Most kiosks are in Post Office™ lobbies and offer many of the services available at the full-service Post Office counter. You can buy stamps, weigh packages, and print Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® shipping labels at kiosks. Bring packing tape and you can ship your items in our free boxes.