Who Can Put Stuff In Your Mailbox?

Can I throw away mail that is not mine?

Yes.

It is a federal crime to open or destroy mail that is not intended for you.

The law provides that you can not “destroy, hide, open, or embezzle” mail that is not addressed to you.

If you intentionally open or destroy someone else’s mail, you are committing obstruction of correspondence, which is a felony..

Can you still put money in the mailbox for a stamp?

If you are fortunate to live on a Rural Route, then you may by all means leave money in your mailbox and your carrier will affix postage to a letter. If you aren’t sure what the current rate for postage is you can leave a note in your box asking for the current rate for postage and they will leave you the information.

Is it illegal for someone to put something in my mailbox?

The U.S. Code for crimes and criminal procedure prohibits the placement of unstamped flyers in any mailbox. Title 18, section 1725 states that any person who knowingly deposits “mailable matter” without postage in an established letter box shall be subject to a fine.

How do I report someone putting something in my mailbox?

You should report it to your postmaster. You can file complaints online at USPS – The United States Postal Service (U.S. Postal Service) or call the PO.

What do I do with mail that is not mine?

If you’re not sure what to do with mail that isn’t yours, it’s probably easier than you think to get rid of it legally. All you need to do is write “RETURN TO SENDER” on the front of the envelope and put it back in your mailbox. Your postal worker will take care of it for you from there.

Is it illegal for someone to use your address?

Is It Illegal for Someone to Use Your Mailing Address? Technically, it isn’t explicitly illegal for someone to use your address. However, using a mail address without permission or using it as your own when it isn’t, could be deemed address fraud. In some states, it would result in jail time!

Can I open mail not addressed to me?

The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime.

Can you put a note in someone’s mailbox?

Yes, it is illegal to place a note in someone’s mailbox. A mailbox is for the sole purpose of delivery and retrieval of the US mail. It is for items bearing postage and delivered by USPS employees. It is illegal for anyone else to place anything in or on the box.

Can the post office tell you where to put your mailbox?

The U.S. Postal Service does not govern wall mount boxes; however, you should notify your local mail carrier before installation to ensure proper placement of the mailbox and check for any local codes or regulations governing placement of the box.