How to get a real US street address virtual mailbox without #box number?


CMRA stands for a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency.

See example: Freshdesk, Inc.

340 S Lemon Ave #7585

Los Angeles, CA, 91789, USA

The #7585 in the address is the dead giveaway they are using a CMRA. A real street address is really easy to get in nearly any other part of the world except the US. Any solution for that?

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asked Jan 14 '13 at 21:49
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  • Just leave the #7585 out; those who work the incoming mail will figure it out. – Frenchie 11 years ago

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Getting a street address in the US is easy. Both UPS and USPS offer that service. See here and here.

In terms of replacing #box with something so that it's not obvious it's a P.O. Box, you can use "suite". So using your example:

Freshdesk, Inc.

340 S Lemon Ave, suite 7585

Los Angeles, CA, 91789, USA

I don't think they officially support the use of the word suite, but depending on your needs it may be good enough.

Of course if someone uses Google Maps to find your address, it'll be obvious it's a P.O. Box.

answered Jan 15 '13 at 01:02
Zuly Gonzalez
9,194 points
  • I'm smart enough to know that suite = box number. Come on! Are there really 7585 suites in an office building? Everyone uses Google Maps. _Getting a street address in the US is easy._ So, it's not that easy, right? Without the box number, I mean. – Investor 11 years ago
  • @investor Suite does NOT always mean box number. There are such things as suites inside office buildings. – Zuly Gonzalez 11 years ago
  • Many serious companies who have real physical addresses do not occupy whole buildings. This means they MUST have the equivalent "business apartment" -- which is called Suite. Having "Suite" is perfectly okay in the business world and between us, this is not how you judge the seriousness of a business. You need real substance, not just shiny business cards with a shining business address. – Ron M. 11 years ago


Adding an additional point, If you want to bypass the Google Maps / PO box issue that Zuly mentioned, you can sign up with a shared office space company - mail / packages can be received & forwarded as needed. Here's a example of a company that offers such services worldwide - there are others.

answered Jan 15 '13 at 01:21
Jim Galley
9,952 points
  • Thanks, better idea! But Regus is just so damn expensive. I mean, for our needs. We only need a mailing address, but without the box number. – Investor 11 years ago


Are you looking for a street address without a suite or apartment number? Those are assigned to a physical piece of property in the US.

If suite numbers are acceptable (which vast numbers of US businesses use) consider the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The building is so large that it has its own zip code. It has suites numbered in the thousands. So what is wrong with a large suite number?

There are plenty of mail holding and forwarding services that offer boxes with numbers from 1 - 1,000. You can refer to them as box, suite, apt, or whatever.

answered Jan 15 '13 at 09:51
Gary E
12,510 points

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