To ensure that you don't miss out on receiving important mail such as postcards from your friends on vacation, birthday wishes from your children overseas, useful coupons to your favorite stores, magazines, investment and banking statements, and a host of other important pieces of information, you will want to be certain that you file for a change of address with the postal service and other pertinent parties before making the big move.
Below is a list of parties that should be notified that you will be changing your address.
Be sure to go through your email contacts, your facebook friends, and your cell phone contacts and make a list of all the people who should be alerted that you are moving, and where you are moving to.
Most doctors and hospital management prefer to send medical reports, check-up reminders and change in appointments via postage service. You can either personally visit the hospital or call the management staff of your doctor to change your address on their record. Here is the checklist with various health professionals for your convenience:
|Dermatologist||Psychologist or psychiatrist|
|Pediatrician for your kids||Neurologist|
|Ophthalmologist and optometrist||Rheumatologist|
|ENT Specialist||Physical therapist|
|Your general physician or family doctor||Cardiologist|
|Gynecologist or obstetrician||Veterinarian for your pets|
To prevent missing out on any important mail, you will need to contact the US Postal Service and notify them of your new address. You can file the address change request up to 90 days before the day you move. Your options for filing the notice are to:
Please note that you must notify of a change in address even if the move is temporary, which may be the case for schooling or even work. Failure to notify of the change can result in not receiving important items in the mail. Here are the steps to successful file for a temporary address change:
Another important step in the moving process is to notify the DMV of your change of address. The DMV requires that it has an up to date record of your address on file, which matches your driver's license and car registration. There is often a deadline for filing/changing this info, which varies by state. Some states require it within 2 months.
Find below outlined steps for how to enact these important changes:
You must also notify government agencies that you will be moving. Failing to do so could result in missing a host of important notices that might lead to trouble down the road. You will need to notify the Department of State and the Department of Revenue. Also, in order to vote, you must mail your voter registration address change form to the Supervisor of Elections.
Of course, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and SSA (Social Security Administration) must also be notified.
Moving your business to a new address also requires a number of notifications to ensure a smooth transition to your new location. Among the items that must be changed are your legal documents, business cards, tax filings, and any other paperwork related to the business, e.g. investments, legal matters. Forgetting to change any of these could result in headaches after the move.
Always keep the Admission's office of whatever school you or a family member is attending updated with your current address info. This way, all mail sent out from the school – progress reports, transcripts, report cards, etc. – are sure to be received.
You will want to let all insurance companies know that you will be moving:
You must also move all your subscriptions to your new address. Each provider often lists their contact info on the subscription materials and also online on their website and/or facebook page.
Update your address in each account in order to ensure a seamless transition to your new address. Failure to do so might result in delayed shipment or missing out on purchases altogether.
If you have recently applied for a new or replacement passport, you will need to update your address or your passport may not be sent to your mailing address.
Each state has a specific form for changing a mailing address. Fill it out and either mail or submit in person to the DMV or State's Supervisor of Elections.
There are 3 ways to update your address with the IRS. Fill out and mail the Change of Address 8822 form. Call the IRS office and change your address via phone. Or draft a written statement and mail it to the office where you filed your taxes the previous year.
For those receiving SS benefits and Medicare, you are required to update your address. This can be done in person at a SSA office, online, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.
This varies by state. But typically, the state requires the following: proof of residence in the state, proof of ID, a small fee, and a form filled out with your old and new addresses.