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Mailbox Safety

The following videos show crash testing of safe and unsafe mailbox installations:

Mailbox FAQs
Who furnishes the mailboxes?

The postal patron provides a mailbox of light sheet metal or plastic construction that conforms to the requirements of the U.S. Postal Service.

Who installs the mailboxes?

It is TxDOT policy to furnish and install mailbox supports for all rural postal patrons located on state maintained highways. This service is provided free of charge.

Can I install a commercial or custom made mailbox support?

Many types of custom and commercially available mailboxes and mailbox supports are potentially hazardous if hit by a vehicle.

TxDOT will only install mailboxes that meet the required crash tested safety specifications.

Can I personalize or decorate my mailbox and/or mailbox support?

Home address numbers in a minimum one inch tall font should be placed on the mailbox to assist post office and emergency response providers. However, other decorative items that are attached add weight and can become hazardous objects if the mailbox were to be struck by a vehicle. These items may not be attached to the mailbox or to its support.

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