Rules for Location of Residential Mailboxes

Making sure the mail is delivered in a timely fashion is very important to most of us. If you are relocating, make sure your mailbox is properly located to ensure uninterrupted service.

This mailbox is placed in the proper location on side of a road.

Right Side

Mailboxes on the right side of road provide easy access.

United States Postal Service policies require that mailboxes to be located on the right side of the road in the carrier's direction of travel in all cases where driving on the left side of the road would be a hazard to the driver or violate local traffic laws.


A mailbox with Hot Wheels flames

A curbside mailbox must be accessible by postal employees without leaving their vehicle. Obstacles must be removed from the area in front of the mailbox so the carrier has clear access.


Country home and mailbox

The mailbox should sit back from the edge of the curb or roadside 6 to 8 inches. This distance is calculated from the road edge to the edge of the door of the mailbox when it is closed.


Mailbox at proper height on mailbox post

According to the United States Postal Service, the bottom of the mailbox should be 41 to 45 inches high. If conditions near your roadway prevent you from installing your mailbox at this height, contact your local postmaster for instructions.

Newspaper Slot

Mailboxes with newspaper caddies placed so as not to interfere with mail delivery.

A newspaper slot may not touch the mailbox or use any part of it for support. A newspaper receptacle must not interfere with normal delivery of mail.