Ok - I finally got a response from the USPS. Am I asking them for the wrong thing??? Could someone please let me know what I'm supposed to be asking them for. When following the directions given on the PowerStore site I only get testing credentials.
Is there another way to do this? My store will still not work due to this issue.
Here is their response:
Dear USPS Customer,
Address Information APIs are accessible with special permission. The APIs can only be used in conjunction with USPS SHIPPING SERVICES ONLY.
We must first understand how you'll be using the API. We need a commitment that the API will be used on a transactional basis (not batch processing or cleansing of a database, but as a customer enters the information into a form on a website). Also, you must state that you will use the output from this API solely in association with USPS SHIPPING SERVICES ONLY.
Please provide a detailed description how you plan to use the APIs, include the URL of the site (development or production). We will review the material received to see if you meet our requirements.
If your implementation does not meet these requirements, I suggest contacting the NCSC for other Postal products that may meet your needs.
The Address Management System Application Programming Interface (AMS API) is available on a subscription basis for $3,800/year with bi-monthly updates. For more information, write to:
National Customer Support Center
United States Postal Service
6060 Primacy Pkwy Ste 201
Memphis, TN 38188-0001
Or call 877-640-0724.
I hope this helps,