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: case of audit, they always want to meet at your principal office address.

Yet this article says the opposite:'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:

  1. No PO Box.
  2. 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.

  • There's nothing saying that a business can't have 2 (or more) addresses. This is how my company works, I have a "corporate" address that any corporate type mail goes to, and a mailing address where I receive packages/customer mail from. – Ron Beyer Dec 6 at 14:11
  • I got that part, but still wondering about if the "principal business address" can be from one of these 3 services. – Lance Pollard Dec 6 at 14:15

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.