If you’re heading off to start a new life south of the border, you’ll need to develop a plan on how to handle any mail sent to you back in your country of origin.
The simplest solution is to use the address of a close friend or relative who is patient enough to go through your mail and notify you if anything important arrives. Personally, I like this option; however, it still creates some logistical problems when sensitive items such as checks or replacement credit/debit cards are sent to you.
Another option is to use a mail forwarding service.
How They Work
A mail forwarding service provides you with a unique mailing address in your country of origin and they process any mail that is sent to you at that location. The nice thing is that they can even receive packages and certified/registered mail.
Since the quality and selection of services will differ a bit from company to company, I’ve decided to focus the article on the services of a well-known U.S. company: Mailbox Forwarding, Inc.
Online access to mail
The company scans the front of the envelope or package and uploads those images to a database. You can then view and manage your mail via their secure portal.
With each piece of mail, you have three options: 1) give authorization for the mail to be opened and scanned; 2) request that it be shredded; or 3) request that the mail be forwarded to you in Mexico.
Mail can be forwarded to you all over the world via parcel services like FedEx.
If you receive a check, you can have it deposited into your bank account through your online portal.
I really like this option. After we moved to Mexico, we had some checks mailed to us back in the U.S. and it was a pain getting them deposited.
Free fax number
On the rare occasion that you need to have something faxed to you, you can use the free fax number that comes with your account.
This type of service starts around $14.95 a month.
Let’s Wrap This Up
If you’re planning on making Mexico your permanent home, I recommend using a service like this for at least the first year. You’d be surprised how many little issues will come up when you cancel all your services and move. Most of them are easy to fix — but only if you receive timely notification.