As part of its ongoing review to enhance security, UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced it is expanding its policy to require customers who ship packages from retail shipping locations to present a government-issued photo ID for verification of identification. The directive will apply at The UPS Storeâ® and Mail Boxes Etc.â® locations as well as authorized shipping outlets worldwide.

Consumers who tender a shipment through any retail access location and do not already have a pre-printed shipping label attached will have to present a government-issued photo ID or they will not be allowed to use UPS services. The ID policy has been in place at UPS Customer Centres since 2005.

Valid forms of photo identification in Canada include a current province or territorial-issued driver's licence, Canadian or foreign government-issued passport, Permanent Resident Card of Canada, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, Canadian military identification or a Certificate of Indian Status photo identification card. Qualifying documentation may vary by country at international retail locations.

"Since retail centres 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 Pat Stanghieri, vice-president of marketing, UPS Canada. "The safety and security of our customers, business partners and employees is our highest priority and UPS will continue to implement additional security precautions as necessary."