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snopes 17 April 2013 11:05 PM

Return driver's licenses by mail for free
 
Comment: I recently read that:

If you find a lost drivers license you can drop into any mailbox as is and
the postal service will bring it back to the owner.

Is this true?

Seaboe Muffinchucker 18 April 2013 02:06 PM

Anecdote not being data and everything, when my wallet was stolen back in 1989, the thief dropped the driver's license in the mail and I did get it back. Of course, by that time I'd already replaced it. That was in Connecticut.

My Washington license says nothing about mailbox return, but my work badge does.

Seaboe

JoeBentley 18 April 2013 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker (Post 1730008)
...but my work badge does.


Maybe that's where the confusion is coming from. A lot of security/access badges do have that little "If Found Drop In Any Mailbox" disclaimer on them. Maybe someone that that applied to all IDs?

Seaboe Muffinchucker 18 April 2013 02:25 PM

I think the big problem with "drop the license in the mail" is the one I ran into in Connecticut--it takes too long to get back to you for the return to do any good.

Seaboe

JoeBentley 18 April 2013 02:30 PM

Yeah I've always assumed the reason for it on badges was so to reduce the changes of having badges to high security areas floating around, not to get them back for reuse.

overyonder 18 April 2013 02:39 PM

Somewhat related... In Canada, the war amputees would send ID tags to put on your key ring, which got them a free trip back to your place. Even as a recently as last year, I found a keychain with an amputee tag on it, and I put the keys in the mailbox.

They still do it: https://donate.waramps.ca/CMSCart.aspx

OY

GenYus234 18 April 2013 02:46 PM

Why would war amputees want to go to my place even if the trip is free? My place isn't handicapped equipped nor is it that large.

overyonder 18 April 2013 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1730033)
Why would war amputees want to go to my place even if the trip is free? My place isn't handicapped equipped nor is it that large.

The keys, obviously. :)

OY

Seaboe Muffinchucker 18 April 2013 06:29 PM

Not so obviously, OY; I had the same reaction as GenYus. :D

Seaboe

Smapti 19 April 2013 03:34 PM

Anecdotally speaking, my sister lost her wallet once in San Diego about 12 years ago, and about a week later it showed up in our mailbox, in an unstamped envelope addressed to her with no return address other than "LOST IN THE MAILS".

snopes 25 April 2013 08:07 PM

Comment: Can you really drop a license you find on the side of the street
into a mail box and the postal service will return it to the owner?

KirkMcD 25 April 2013 09:26 PM

There is this in the Domestic Mail Manual:
http://pe.usps.com/archive/html/dmma...0.htm#Rdd37974
Quote:

8.0 Dead Mail

8.1 Basic Information
Dead mail is matter deposited in the mail that is or becomes undeliverable and cannot be returned to the sender from the last office of address. Every reasonable effort is made to match articles found loose in the mail with the envelope or wrapper from which lost and to return or forward the articles.

a. Nonmail matter (e.g., wallets and bank deposits) found in collection boxes or at other points within USPS jurisdiction is returned postage due at the single-piece First-Class Mail or Priority Mail rate for keys and identification devices that is applicable based on the weight of the matter.
It references the "Postal Operations Manual" on how to deal with specific types of dead mail, but that seems to only be available online to USPS employees.


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