Post office

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Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama

A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items.

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Post offices also rent post-office boxes to people and businesses who prefer not to have mail delivered to their home or office.

In many countries, post offices include other functions, such as a place to pick up various government forms, to apply for passports and driving licences to send money to others, etc. In some countries, the post office functions as a financial bank and/or a central place to use public telephones.

The back rooms of a post office are where mail is processed for final delivery. Mail may also be processed in other post offices that are not open to the general public.

Some countries have a Chief Post Office to administer post offices throughout the country, or a CPO in various large cities to administer the post offices in those cities or their districts.

The main post office in Oxford, England
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The main post office in Oxford, England

Although American citizens usually refer to its facilities as post offices, the United States Postal Service has a tradition of formally naming them "stations".

See also

General postal concepts

Examples of operators of post offices from around the world

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The Old Wan Chai Post Office

Famous post offices

Miscellaneous

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