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UPS requires photo ID for shipping

By Catherine Clifford, staff reporter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- UPS is stepping up security measures during the holiday season by expanding its requirement for the use of government-issued photo ID to verify customer identity.

All customers who make a shipment through any retail location and do not have a pre-printed shipping label attached must show a photo ID, according to a statement from the company released Tuesday.

Customers shopping at either The UPS Store or a Mail Boxes Etc. location have been included in the newest security upgrade. Since 2005, customers have had to show their photo ID when shipping from UPS Customer Centers, but the security rule is being expanded.

"Since retail centers experience a significant increase in business from occasional shippers during the busy holidays, this enhancement adds a prudent step in our multi-layered approach to security," said Dale Hayes, UPS vice president of small business and retail marketing, in a written statement. "

Shares of UPS (UPS, Fortune 500) were up nearly 1% in midmorning trade, but have risen 26% over the past year. To top of page

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