It says my address is classified as a Commercial address. What does that mean?

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017 04:16PM EDT
While the majority of addresses that are classified by the USPS as Commercial are business addresses, it's not entirely uncommon for multifamily properties (such as apartment communities or fraternity houses) to be classified as Commercial as well since mail is oftentimes delivered to the same place (i.e. the leasing office). 

If you are being notified that the address you entered is classified as Commercial, it's important to know what this will mean for you in terms of mail forwarding:
  1. If your old address is classified as Commercial, we won't be able to process any Individual or Family change of address requests from this address to a Residential address as this is prohibited according to USPS policy. 
  2. If your new address is classified as Commercial, we will be able to process your mail forwarding request. However, you should keep in mind that whenever you are ready to move again, you won't be able to forward your mail back from this address.
So... what should you do if your old address is classified as Commercial? You'll want to utilize our Update Your Accounts feature to seamlessly notify any of over 15,000 businesses of your new address.

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