A virtual mailbox is a service that receives physical mail on behalf of the addressee and usually scans the outside of the mail. They are different from P.O. boxes, which some retailers will not deliver to, because they tend to offer a physical address and additional services. Services offered may include: mail forwarding, scanning, or recycling. In the United States, virtual mailbox providers are classified as commercial mail receiving agencies (CMRA). Reasons for using virtual mailboxes may include accepting mail from couriers, accessing mail while traveling, and keeping home address private. To get started you need to choose the virtual mailbox company you want to work with, select the mailing address they provide, and choose a plan. After that submit a completed USPS 1583 form and notarize your documents.
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