Starting today, people sending shipments via UPS will be required to provide a photo ID when they ship their items, the company announced.
The security measure comes just weeks after two UPS packages containing bombs were discovered on their way to the United States.
"The safety and security of our customers, business partners and employees is of utmost concern," UPS notes on its site. "Our approach is a multi-layered approach to security, implementing additional security precautions to protect people, shipments or our facilities."
Shippers will have to show a government-issued photo ID at all UPS Stores and other authorized retailers around world. However, those who use pre-printed shipping labels will not have to do this. Accepted IDs include state-issued driver's licenses, U.S. or foreign government-issued passports, U.S. permanent resident cards, U.S. military cards and tribal photo IDs.
FedEx already requires shippers to provide a photo ID when they ship an item. The U.S. Postal Service does not.
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