In what it called a move to “enhance

security,” United Parcel Service (UPS) announced Wednesday, it is expanding its

policy to require customers who ship packages from retail shipping locations to

present a government-issued photo ID for verification of identification.


directive will apply at The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc.®

locations as well as authorized shipping outlets worldwide, the company said.

People who tender a shipment through any retail access location and do not already

have a pre-printed shipping label attached will have to present a

government-issued photo ID or they will not be allowed to use UPS services. The

ID policy has been in place at UPS Customer Centers since 2005.

UPS says Valid

forms of identification in the U.S.

include a current state-issued driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicles

ID card, U.S.

or foreign government-issued passport, U.S. Permanent Resident card, U.S. military

identification or a Native American Tribal photo identification card.

Qualifying documentation may vary by country at international retail locations.


retail centers experience a significant increase in business from occasional

shippers during the busy holidays, this enhancement adds a prudent step in our

multi-layered approach to security,” said Dale Hayes, UPS vice president

of small business and retail marketing. “The safety and security of our

customers, business partners and employees is our highest priority and UPS will

continue to implement additional security precautions as necessary.”