NEW YORK (MainStreet) – UPS announced Tuesday that it will now require customers to present government-issued photo ID to ship packages at the company’s retail locations, while other major shipping companies won’t require ID this holiday season.
The change in security procedures comes after authorities discovered explosives on a Chicago-bound UPS cargo plane from Yemen in October.
According to UPS spokesperson Susan Rosenberg, UPS already required a photo ID at customer centers, which are typically adjacent to operating facilities. Tuesday’s decision expands that policy to all of its 26,000 retail locations, including approximately 19,600 locations in the U.S. alone. Customers who bring in a package with a pre-printed shipping label are not required to present an ID.
Despite the October terror threat, the other major shippers do not appear to have followed UPS’s lead in requiring identification to ship. A spokesperson from FedEx said that the company asks for photo ID from retail customers only in certain circumstances, though she would not elaborate for security reasons. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service does not require customers to show any form of identification to ship a package, though a spokesperson insisted that there were unspecified security procedures in place at the point of transaction.
While the new layer of security comes during the busiest shipping season of the year, Rosenberg does not anticipate any reduced convenience for holiday shoppers. “It won’t impact holiday shipping,” she says, noting that some customers were already asked for photo ID to confirm credit card purchases.