The short answer is no, you cannot use a virtual mailbox address to establish your residency in a state. However, you can use it to maintain your state residency.
The reason you cannot use a virtual mailbox address as your physical address is because you may be required to show proof of address for various legal and government requirements, including your driver’s license, taxes, insurance, and when opening a business bank account.
How do you establish your state residency?
States will look at your place of employment, as well as the nature of your job and whether it’s permanent or temporary. Here are some other steps you’ll want to take:
- Update your mailing address with the postal service and have bills and financial statements sent directly to your new home.
- Obtain a driver’s license in your new state.
- Register to vote in your new state.
- Close any accounts at local banks in your old state and open a new account in your new one.
- Buy or rent a home in your new state and sell any residences in your former state.
- Record how many days you spend in your new state versus your previous one.
After you’ve completed these steps to gain your state residency, a virtual mailbox can support your physical address (permanent address). For more information, check out this article to find answers to frequently asked questions regarding changing your residency to another state.