Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Forwarding Mail...without a New Home

Mail!  What do you do when you are moving to a new state and your mail needs to go with you?
Since we are not yet physically "on-island", we were starting to wonder about where to have our mail forwarded to. A search online at:, and a couple of phone calls later, I had found the solution!

The US Postal Service now has "PO Boxes Online" where you can apply for a Post Office Box, before you arrive.  We are currently in the process of getting our PO Box for Hawaii, while we are still in Idaho.

After filling out the online information, and printing out the application form 1093, we'll now take it to our local (Idaho) post office, along with 2 forms of identification.
To get a PO Box number and pick up our keys, we’ll each need to show one picture ID and one other form of ID, at the post office where our box is located in Hawaii. The ID must be current, contain sufficient information to confirm that we are who we claim to be, and be traceable to us. (Social Security cards, credit cards, and birth certificates are not acceptable IDs.) The Post Office will accept a…
  • Valid driver's license or state ID card.
  • Military, government, university, or recognized corporate ID.
  • Passport, alien registration card, or certificate of naturalization.
  • Current lease, mortgage, or deed of trust.
  • Voter or vehicle registration card.
  • Home or vehicle insurance policy

- Unfortunately, this was not "the solution" for us. I still think it's a great way to get a post office box, but you are only "reserving" it, and won't be able to obtain an actual box number (address) or (of course) the keys, until you actually go in to the post office where the box is located.  IF YOU ARE MILITARY MOVING OVERSEAS, YOUR SQUADRON OR UNIT {SPONSOR} WILL DO THIS FOR YOU! YAY!

- We mailed our 16 boxes to "General Delivery" to the post office nearest to Hubs work, and they all arrived safely! Two minor (plastic) items were broken, and everything else survived the boat trip (Standard Post, which was the least expensive rate!) very nicely.  We only mailed 2 of those boxes in the Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, since they were filled with VERY heavy tools that my Hubs needs for work, and they were here when we arrived! It took only 2 weeks for the others to get here, instead of the predicted 4 to 6 weeks. We were SO blessed by Father God!

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