August 26, 2010

USPS Changing Addresses for Memphis Rural Routes

Rural route or street address? The question has been put to rest by the United States Postal Service in the city of Memphis as official addresses for mail delivered within the city limits have been switched over to the city’s assigned street address.

Memphis Post Master Monica March said the process is ongoing, with most affected residents receiving notification at the end of the July.

Gail Bell of the USPS address management systems explained the changes. She said the postal service inadvertently issued rural box numbers in place of city-style addresses assigned by the City of Memphis several years ago.

The USPS will continue to deliver mail addressed with the old rural route information for one year. All affected patrons are encouraged to make address changes with all regular mailers as soon as possible over the next 12 months. After that time period all mail sent to the former rural route address will be returned to sender.

“While this represents change, something that most folks do not like, it will definitely help emergency services be able to find your home more efficiently,” March said.

The street addresses will benefit fire, ambulance and law enforcement, not to mention all other delivery type services such as UPS and Fed Ex.

Memphis City Treasurer Michelle Drummond, who is responsible for maintaining the city’s address system, estimated that the change will effect 250 physical addresses on all three of the Memphis rural routes.

March noted that while addresses will be changing, mail routes, delivery times and delivery people will all remain unchanged by the transition.

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