By Kristina Klingmuller

Mailboxes are situated on the curb away from the house where they are easily accessed by mail delivery workers. Every day each postal delivery worker delivers hundreds of pieces of mail. It is not unreasonable to expect that there are strict federal requirements for mailboxes to which customers want their mail delivered.

An example of identification requirements is that the address number should be clearly displayed on the outside of the box. Such identification numbers need to be of a certain height, at least 1 inch it turns out, so that they are visible to a mail worker who is looking from the road. If they are still not visible, put them closer to the street on a wooden house sign.

In addition, it is required that the mailbox numbers be of contrasting colors. A postal worker is not liable for undelivered mail if the numbers are invisible against the background color of the mailbox itself. For example, many mailboxes in the U.S. are black, so black lettering is not suitable.

Sometimes the box itself is located on another street because it is impossible to locate it on the street of the residence. This is acceptable as long as everything is clearly marked with regulation lettering. The owner's name is an acceptable form of identification.

It turns out that using custom numbering is ok. But surprisingly, putting advertising on your mailbox is against the rules if it is to be a receptable for federal mail. For example, sticking a sign on the mailbox is not acceptable, even if the advertising is for non-profit purposes.

Using paint to apply numbers onto your mailbox may seem like an simple remedy but it still requires repainting at normal intervals as rain and snow can wash away the paint. Your address on a weather-resistant metal plaque fastened to the top of your mailbox adds a bit of elegance and gives you 1 much less chore to complete.

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