Here is the step-by-step guide on how to complete the updated USPS Form 1583. The numbers correspond to the boxes in the form.
If applicable, include house, street, and apartment/suite numbers.
For Business/Organization Use, complete item 7.
For Residential/Personal Use, complete a separate PS Form 1583 for each adult using this PMB.
The address must match the document provided in item 9b.
The Applicant authorizes mail to be collected by the individual noted in item 5.
The address must match the document provided in item 11b.
Complete item 6 if the mail addressed to this PMB will be transferred, mailed, shipped, or emailed to another address.
The place of registration is the county and state (if domestic), or the country (if foreign).
Two types of identification are required for both the Applicant and if listed, the Authorized Individual. One ID must be a government-issued photo ID. The second must confirm the Applicant’s or Authorized Individual’s address listed on this form.
Although the driver’s/nondriver’s ID is listed in 8e and 9g as an option for both the Applicant’s photo ID and address ID, it may be used for only one of the IDs (either photo ID or address ID), not for both.
The acceptable types of address verification are listed in items 9g and 11g. Attach a copy of the photo and address ID documents.
Although the driver’s/nondriver’s ID is listed in 10e and 11g as an option for both the Authorized Individual’s photo ID and address ID, it may be used for only one of the IDs (either photo ID or address ID), not for both.
For Business/Organization Use: List members who will be receiving mail at this PMB. Each person listed must, upon request, present two forms of valid ID to the Postal Service. For Residential/Individual Use: A parent or guardian may receive the mail of a minor by listing the minor’s name — the minor’s ID is not required.
By signing this form, the applicant certifies the following (for Business/Organization Use, an officer must sign the application and provide their title):
I certify that all information furnished on this form is accurate, truthful, and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or omits information requested on this form may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties, including fines and imprisonment.
The witness can be the agent, an authorized employee, or a Notary Public.
Do I need to renew the USPS Form 1583 regularly?
No, you will only be required to complete a new USPS Form 1583 if there are any changes to the information you provided (or if the USPS changes the regulation around the Form 1583). For instance, if any IDs you initially submitted have expired, you must submit a new USPS Form 1583.
Is my mailbox by the U.S. Postal Service or by a private company?
In essence, your mail will be directed to a CMRA, which is a private entity approved by USPS to handle such services. The CMRA assumes the responsibility of adhering to the applicable rules and regulations and obtaining the necessary forms from USPS to facilitate the service.
How does HIPAA security work with a virtual mailbox?
We have some HIPAA-compliant operators, but not all of them are. If that is important to you, we recommend checking with us first and your company's policies before opening a virtual mailbox account.
Do many people use delivery of mail through an agent? How long has this type of service been around?
The USPS Form 1583 itself has been around for over 20 years.
The use of virtual mailboxes has become more common over the past 10 years due to the convenience of the service and freedom it enables. There are many reasons consumers are turning to virtual mailboxes. Some examples are:
- Individuals starting companies or engaging in side jobs
- Families who want to keep their home address safe
- Travelers, expats, and digital nomads
- Freelancers and remote workers
- Those with multiple businesses
- Members of the military
Is Form 1583 the same as a mail forwarding form?
No, the USPS Form 1583 is different from the USPS mail forwarding form. It is not a forwarding document, and the CMRA operator will not forward any mail on your behalf. Form 1583 is strictly an authorization for the CMRA to receive mail on your behalf at the chosen address.
If you want USPS to forward your mail, you must complete a separate Change of Address form. You can download the form here: Official USPS® Change of Address.
Is the USPS Form 1583 Required to Open a Virtual Mailbox?
The USPS Form 1583 is essential for setting up a virtual mailbox in the United States.
We have streamlined the process for domestic and international applicants by offering an option to have the form notarized directly from their computers. All you need is a webcam or a smartphone that supports video calls and the necessary identification documents.
Anytime Mailbox notary service partners operate 24/7, enabling you to apply and obtain your digital mailbox within minutes. For further information, please watch the video below.
How do I get the USPS Form 1583 to Anytime Mailbox?
If you use our online notary service, you don’t have to submit your form and IDs. They will be automatically forwarded to us by our notary partners.
If you used your own notary, upload your notarized Form 1583 and IDs when you log in to your Anytime Mailbox account.