This thread, points out in many places why it seems you can't use USPS with the 'real street addressing', or UPS Store, or PostalAnnex as your principal office address:
...in case of audit, they always want to meet at your principal office address.
Yet this article says the opposite:
...it's not an option for the majority of people to lease a physical store if we're are solely working online from home. The best option is getting your business address from a mailbox at a local UPS store. You can do this with any other location that offers mailboxes with the exception of the post office. You cannot use a P.O. Box number when applying.
Quora also has mixed messages on the topic.
Quickbooks also hints at it:
If you have an LLC or a corporation, be sure to ask the postal service for a real address rather than a P.O. box. For registration purposes, a business address must be a legally valid address—that is, a physical address.
But then USPS seems to say do not use their service for a business address on legal documents:
You may not use the street address option as your physical residence or place of business in legal documents.
So my understanding is that it is b~lu~rr~y. The technical definition (on the official SOS form) just says "No PO boxes". I think I have seen on other official documents the extra bit of it must be a "physical address". So to summarize:
- No PO Box.
- Must be physical address.
No explanation as to why this is the case is provided. From what it seems, USPS and the UPS Store simply have a "simple redirect" from
123 Main Street #456 to
PO Box 456. So it's probably still a PO box under the hood, but from the "outside" it looks like a "physical address". So then it satisfies the two requirements above.
But then there is the added piece that I forgot, that you must keep your business documentation at your principal office address. But if it is a USPS address, then that doesn't seem possible. So then it seems that anyone who is using these 3 services (or others like Virtual Office spaces) are not adhering to the regulations. However, maybe if you simply put your office documents on a USB drive in your mailbox that is enough to qualify. But then that is probably not too secure of a thing to do.
Wondering if one can clarify this issue. On if you can use any of these 3 services as your principal business address, and so don't need to use your home address.