How Mail Forwarding Works

How Mail Forwarding Works

Your Own U.S. Mailing Address

If you would like to receive regular mail, such as letters and magazines, in addition to packages, you can sign up for our PREMIUM (Package & Mail) plan and receive almost any type of mail correspondence. Your account becomes a convenient virtual mailbox!

Shipment Service

We will notify you via email when we receive mail on your behalf. You can log in to your account, to request shipment, at any time within the 60-day storage period. To send your mail to most countries we offer international shipping via UPS, ePacket, DHL and a few other carriers. A consolidated shipment with packages is also possible.

Service Options for Your Mail Items

In addition to our mail shipment service, we provide scan, discard and shred services. We scan the document and upload the scanned file (PDF) to your secure OPAS account. Discard and shred services are free of charge. Click on the link below for service fee details.

Service Rates

How to Get Started

Step 1

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Sign up for OPAS PREMIUM membership plan (Package & Mail).

  • Mail forwarding service is available for PREMIUM members only.
  • If you are currently a FREE plan member, you can change your membership plan on your Account Profile page.

Step 2

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Submit PS Form 1583 and your ID through the online submission form.

  • In order for OPAS to receive mail on your behalf, you must complete PS Form 1583 (Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent).
  • The submission form can be found in the Mail Forwarding Service Option section under your Account Profile page.

Step 3

Customize the receiving and shipping options from your OPAS account.

  • You can set your receiving mail forwarding service options under Account Profile.

Step 4

Document check

Have your mail delivered to your OPAS address.

  • Your OPAS address can be found on your Account Profile page.
  • Please contact senders about your address change or submit a change of address form to USPS to make sure your mail will be delivered to OPAS.


  • Mail with an incorrect or incomplete address may be returned to the sender or delayed in registration at OPAS. (Your mailing address must include your 5-digit member ID.)
  • Mail addressed to non-member will be returned to the sender. (We will not receive mail for your family members unless they are registered as your shared member.)

Step 5

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Your mail will be delivered to OPAS.

  • We will register your mail into your OPAS account within one business day once your mail arrives at OPAS.
  • After registering your mail, OPAS will send you an email notification. (You can check your registered items from the My Mailbox page.)
  • Advertising mail and merchandise catalogs will not be registered and will be discarded.
  • If you are expecting urgent or sensitive mail, we recommend that you send us a scan request so you can read the contents of your mail online.

Step 6

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Submit a shipment request.

  • In addition to shipping service, we provide scan, discard and shred services. Please click here for more information.
  • You can log in to your account and send us a request at any point in the 60-day storage period.
  • Your mail items stored at OPAS will be discarded automatically after 60 days of storage if there is no contact. There is no storage fee for mail items.


  • If you wish to combine your packages with mail items, please submit a shipment request for mail items and packages during the 60-day storage period.

Step 7

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Make payment.

  • Your shipping fee will vary depending on weight, destination country, and shipping method. Please use our Shipping Calculator to estimate. 10 regular envelopes weigh about 0.5 pounds.

Step 8

Airplane delivery

Your mail items will be shipped.

  • An email notification containing important information such as your tracking number and final charge will be sent to you.

Step 9

Document delivery

Your mail items will be delivered to your shipping address.