A Simple Guide to Changing Your Address

There’s a lot of responsibilities to take care of during a move, including setting up utilities and internet connection. However, one thing that you do not want to forget is to change the address for your mail. Before the moving process is complete and you can begin to settle in, you will want to make sure that all of your important mail, such as bills and packages, are coming to the right address.

How to Update Your Mailing Address

You can complete the process to update your address with the United States Postal Service (USPS). A record of your old address will be kept for six months and the USPS will automatically forward your mail to the new address. Generally, the post office catches most outdated addresses. In order to update your mailing address, you must:

  • Visit the website for the Official Postal Service Change of Address form. When you change your address online you will require a credit or debit card because you will be charged a $1 verification fee by the USPS.
  • Call the Postal Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS and request a change of address. You will be required to pay a $1 verification fee to complete an address change over the phone.
  • Visit your local post office and request a Form 3575. Updating your mailing address in person will give you the benefit of having your verification fee waived by the USPS.

How to Correct Your Billing Address with Companies

While you are moving, it is likely that you can miss out on important mail such as bills from credit card companies. In order to ensure that you are getting all of your bills, you are recommended to make a list of every bill you receive in paper form. Then, you should contact the companies on this list and inform them about your new address so that they can update it within their system. In some cases, companies may allow you to update your mailing address online.

How to Update Magazine and Catalog Subscriptions

For many magazine and catalog subscriptions, you can update your address online. In order to do so, you can visit the website for the magazine or catalog website and input your customer number into the change-of-address form. Typically, your customer number will be found on the back or inside flap of the magazine or catalog. Another common option is to call the magazine or catalog publication and ask them to change your address over the phone.

Let Your Friends and Family Know You Are Moving

One of the first things you can do after moving is to inform your close friends and relatives. In order to ensure that you do not miss anyone, you should make a list of everyone that you would like to notify. You can notify your friends and family in person, by email or over the phone. If they decide to send you any mail or packages, you can be sure to receive them at your new address.

Informing Your Bank

Some of the most important financial mail you will receive comes from your bank. They will send you statements, and your address will be used to verify your debit-card billing address when you shop online. Fortunately, if you have signed up for an online banking service, you may be able to update your address by using your account. Another option is to visit the bank in person or call in to their customer service line.

Updating Your Billing Address

If you make frequent online purchases, you will want to update your billing address as soon as possible in order to avoid any headaches in the future. If you have received a new debit or credit card with the updated billing address, you will also need to update the billing address on the websites that you frequent.

Organizations and Clubs

Memberships to clubs and organizations that mail monthly subscriptions orders should also be informed if you change your address. If they mail you any membership packages or benefits, then you will want to update your address as soon as possible. Some organizations may allow you to update your address online. Other, smaller organizations may require you to visit in person or write through mail or email to have your address updated.

How to Update a Driver’s License

After moving to a new address, it is essential that you submit a request for a new driver’s license or state identification card. Typically, your driver’s license must be updated with your new address within 30 days in most states. Failure to update within the 30 days may cause you to receive a fine. Fortunately, many states allow residents to order a new ID online. Residents will need to visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles in states that do not offer online address updates.

How to Forward Your Mail

If you are temporary moving you may opt to forward your mail so that you do not miss on any important correspondence from your friends, family or organizations like banks or government agencies. The easiest way to do so is to complete a USPS change of address form. When you are temporarily moving, you have the option to use the mail forwarding services for anywhere between 15 days and one full year. All of your mail that is sent to your previous address will automatically be redirected to your new address.

You also have the option to use the change of address form in order to update your address after a permanent move. This can be a helpful option for new homeowners because the United States Postal Service offers a packet that contains coupons that are beneficial when moving. The USPS will provide residents with coupons and money-saving offers from popular furniture and home goods stores. Some stores that usually offer coupons through the USPS change of address package include:

  • Casper
  • Lowes
  • Wayfair
  • CB2
  • Crate&Barrel
  • Overstock
  • Joss & Main
  • Rooms to Go
  • West Elm
  • AllModern

If you opt to have your mail forwarded, you can also pay an additional one dollar fee in order to permanently change your address.