[ARIN-Suggestions] New ACSP Suggestion 2012.4

ARIN info at arin.net
Mon Aug 6 12:12:51 EDT 2012

A new suggestion was received through the ACSP, and was assigned 
number2012.4 upon receipt of confirmation.

This suggestion is now closed and is available at: 


Communications and Member Services

American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)



Street Addresses for Registered Organizations should not be Post Office 


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.
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