Author: Will Waggoner
Submitted On: 25 April 2012
Street Addresses for Registered Organizations should not be Post Office Boxes.
Updated: 21 May 2012
21 May 2012
After years of doing business with a wide variety of organizations, ARIN has found that there are many legitimate businesses who use Post Office Boxes as their official mailing address. We have had no technically compelling reason to disallow this and in fact, have heard of many valid reasons to allow the use of PO Boxes from a variety of our customers who use them.
We did a search through the ARIN database and found the following data relating to the use of PO Boxes:
Currently, there are a total of 35,102 Org IDs with direct registrations. 2,450 of them or seven percent have a PO Box specified in the street address field. Of the 35,102 total organizations registered, 4,162 of them are ARIN's direct subscriber members. 444 of them or 11 percent of the members have a PO Box specified in the street address field.
Therefore, unless there is some compelling reason that ARIN should not accept a PO Box as an organization's official mailing address, ARIN will continue to allow the use of PO boxes.
Thank you for participating in the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process. This suggestion is now closed.