Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to be a Florida resident to use Good Sam Mail Service?


No. Residency in Florida is an option that can be established at a later time. A majority of travelers use our physical address as a mailing address only. This arrangement works well if you wish to maintain your home state residency and need mail forwarding services while you travel.

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Will I have a physical address in Florida?


Yes. The physical address we provide you can be used as a temporary mailing address or as your permanent home base. Also, most commercial carriers such as FedEx, DHL, and UPS will only deliver to a physical address like our own. (Note: If you have a business and want your new address to look more attractive, you can also use "suite", "unit" or the number sign/"hashtag" as the prefix for your box number.)

Example of New Address:
Name/Spouse/Business
5753 Hwy 85 North #0000
Crestview, FL 32536

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Will I be able to use my new address to establish residency in Florida?


Yes. We provide each member with a physical address in Florida which can be used to obtain a driver's license, vehicle registration, RV/Auto insurance  bank accounts, etc. Establishing residency will take time and special planning. When that time arrives a physical presence in Crestview, Florida will be required. Residency is also optional, some members prefer to use our physical address only as a mailing address for mail forwarding purposes.

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Can I use my physical address for voter registration?


Contact the Supervisor of Elections office for information on registering to vote, 850-689-5600.

Source: Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa County, FL http://govote-okaloosa.com/

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Does Florida have state income tax?


No.

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What are the advantages of being a Florida resident?


  • No state income tax.
  • No personal property tax
  • No tax on pension checks
  • No emission testing requirements
  • No annual vehicle inspections
  • Drivers license valid for 9 yrs (renewable online)
  • Low annual vehicle registration fees
  • Quality health care and health care providers
  • Florida voted most beautiful & friendly RV parks
  • Discounts for FL residents to state parks
  • Discounts for FL residents to Disney World


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How much does it cost to set up?


When you sign up with us, you pay for the service plan, a one-time $25 setup fee, and an initial postage deposit. The plan costs can all be found on our home page. Your postage deposit will fund your shipments, and we require an initial deposit of $30 or more. So, for example, if you signed up for 6 months with our Premium plan using the Good Sam discount, your total could look like this:
$135 plan + $25 setup fee + $30 starting postage = $190.00.

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What additional fees are involved?


The following is a table of all fees beyond the service cost:

Item Additional Cost
USPS First Class (Flats) under 13 oz $1.75 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS First Class (Package) under 13 oz $2.75 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope (USA) $3.00 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Flat Rate Padded Envelope (USA) $3.50 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Flat Rate Legal Envelope (USA) $3.25 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Flat Rate Box (USA) $5.75 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority (USA) $4.75 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority (our packaging) (USA) $1.00 per pound plus actual postage each shipment
USPS First Class Flats (International) $10.00 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope (International) $14.00 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority Medium Flat Rate Box (International) $17.50 plus actual postage each shipment
USPS Priority (International) $17.50 plus actual postage each shipment
FedEx/USPS (our packaging) (USA) $1.00 per pound plus postage each shipment
Enhancement fee for extra packing tape Level 1: $1.75, Level 2: $2.75, Level 3: $3.75
Overweight fee (for packages over 10 lbs) $10.00 per 10 lbs
Parcel Consolidation Fee $4.00 (Multiple pkgs/boxes consolidated into one)
Open/Inspect Single Package (International) $25.00 fee
Repack Package Contents $12.50 Domestic, $25.00 International
Scanning - Normal (receive scan of letter contents before end of business day) $2.50 per letter, up to 10 pages, $0.25 per page thereafter
Scanning - Moderate (receive scan of letter contents within 2 hours) $3.50 per letter, up to 10 pages, $0.35 per page thereafter
Scanning - Urgent (receive scan of letter contents within 30 minutes) $4.50 per letter, up to 10 pages, $0.45 per page thereafter
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When is mail typically processed and viewable online?


Processing of mail is done the day it arrives at our facility, usually early afternoon. Once we sort out all of the obvious junk mail, we then start imaging all mail for your viewing convenience.

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How is my junk mail handled once you trash it?


Rest assured, your mail and personal information are never floating around in dumpsters or the garbage by the curb. We have a local shredding company that comes twice a week to shred unwanted mail on site. In the meantime, mail that is queued for shredding is placed in a large locked container. All shredded paper materials are recycled into new paper products at the end of the year.

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How do you protect my personal information contained in mail that is opened and scanned?


All scans uploaded to our servers are encrypted both in transit and in storage. Only one, well-vetted employee is assigned to perform and access scanned documents. After a mail item is scanned, it is sealed back in its original envelope and returned to your box.

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How does your mail service work?


Once you receive your physical address, along with your personal mailbox number (PMB), you may make a temporary or permanent change of address at your local post office or online at www.usps.com. Your mail items would be forwarded to Good Sam Mail Service in Crestview, FL, where it would be imaged and held until you have provided us with a shipping address.

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How does Good Sam Mail Service receive my mail?


Full time travelers can simply fill out a USPS permanent forwarding with their local post office or at www.usps.com, then slowly start contacting friends, family and companies directly with your new permanent address. Part time travelers will need to submit a USPS temporary forwarding with an arrival date back at home.

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Why won't the Post Office accept my address with Good Sam Mail Service?


If you attempt to submit a change of address request with the Post Office online, and you receive an error message, it may be because of their formatting requirements. The Post Office website will only recognize the Good Sam Mail Service address with your Personal Mailbox number if you enter it in exactly the following format, replacing "0000" with your own box number:

5753 Hwy 85 N PMB 0000
Crestview, FL 32536

Note especially that a space is required both before and after the letters "PMB."

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When does Good Sam Mail Service send my mail to me?


Your mail and packages are held at our facility until you request for us to send it. You can request a shipment on your online account or by calling one of our friendly representatives.

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How do I access my online mailbox?


You access your account by entering your (PMB # or email) and password that you provided when you signed up in the appropriate fields on our login screen.

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How does my online mailbox work?


Once you login, you will be able to see a picture of each piece of mail that is in your mailbox, including magazines and packages. If you want to see the contents, you can request a scan. You can also view the items that have already been forwarded in the last 30 days. You can update your forwarding address and even add money to your postage account. A trash feature is also available for unwanted mail.

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How do you ship my mail items?


We use USPS and FedEx. The cheapest method is USPS First Class (5-7 days), but this option is only available if the shipment weight is less than 13.0 oz. Most members choose the USPS Priority Flat Rate Envelope, which can fit about 25-30 pieces of mail. If your mail is forwarding overseas, we use USPS International and FedEx International Priority.

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Can you ship to APO/FPO?


We can indeed ship mail to an APO or FPO address. The rates are the same as normal rates for USPS shipments, which depend on weight, distance, and shipping method.

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How do I sign up with Good Sam Mail Service?


You can create your account directly at our website on the Join Now page or by calling our toll free number and speak to one of our friendly representatives. After signup, you will need to print and complete USPS form 1583. You can download this either from a link in your welcome email or on our a Resources page. The 1583 form will need to be legally notarized. Once complete, mail your documentation to us:

Good Sam Mail Service
5753 Hwy 85 N
Crestview, FL 32536

Note that your account will not be fully active until we receive your signed and notarized 1583 form.

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When should I start the paperwork/application process?


You should start the application process about 2-3 weeks before you begin traveling. This gives Good Sam Mail Service ample time to receive your 1583 form, setup a mailbox for you, and inform you of your new address.

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What are acceptable forms of ID when notarizing the 1583 form?


Valid driver's license or state non-driver's identification card; armed forces, government, university, or recognized corporate identification card; passport or alien registration card or certificate of naturalization; current lease, mortgage, or Deed of Trust; voter or vehicle registration card; or a home or vehicle insurance policy. One form of ID must contain a photograph of the applicant.

Social Security cards, credit cards, and birth certificates are not acceptable for a 1583.

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Does my account go away after I expire?


No. Your account never goes away. Only the mailbox number may change.

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