Postal Address Change

Moving to a new location is at the very least exhausting and difficult. A lot of confusion and complications can take place during these situations. That is why, it is important to remember to file for an official postal address change with the United States Postal Serviceto avoid further problems.

The process of filing for a change of address will enable you to continuously receive mail and other important documents that are sent to your old address in your new location. This is both applicable for individuals and the family as a whole.This procedure can provide assurance that all your current subscriptions, bills and correspondence will be forwarded by the USPS to avoid missing documents that may cause problems and financial lost to you or your family.

To elaborate further, the following list below explains the importance of filling an official address change with the USPS.

Reasons for Filling a Postal Address Change with the USPS
  • To ensure that all your bills and financial documents, such as credit card bills, bank statements, insurance and utility bills are forwarded to your new address, in order to avoid late payment charges and penalties.
  • To continuously receive existing subscriptions to magazines, newsletters and other form of monthly publications.
  • To receive paycheck from employer.
  • To obtain mail and packages from relatives and friends that still uses your old address to send it to you or your family.
  • To get important documents from various government organizations.

Now that you have an idea of why this procedure is important when moving to another location. It is now time to learn how to accomplish this task.

How to File for a Postal Address Change with the USPS

Filling for a change in address with the USPS is not that difficult. In fact, there are multiple ways to be able to accomplish this process.

1. File your postal address change online

a. To process your postal address change online, all you need to do is use your computer, tablet or mobile phone that has access to internet connections and locate the change of address form found in the USPS website.

b. Once you have access to the online form, select the type of move from the options provided online (individual, family or business).

c. After selecting the type of move, you now have to choose from the options provided whether the move is permanent or temporary.

d. After choosing from the options, you must now enter the start date when you want your mail to be forwarded to the new address in the field provided.

e. Fill out the necessary personal information required to complete the form.

f. Pay the processing fee needed to validate the request. ( This step requires the use of a credit card)

g. Confirm your request.

2. File your postal address change by telephone

a. To file your postal address change by phone, simply dial 1-800-275-8777 (1-800-ASK-USPS) and process your request over the phone.

b. You will need to use a credit card in order to pay for the $1 verification fee for the process.

3. File your postal address change in person

a. To file your postal address change in person, you need to go to your nearest local USPS office and secure and fill up a PS Form 3575. You can alternatively fill up the internet change of address form online and print it.

b. Submit the form and complete the process.

What if I'm unsure of my new postal address?

In situations where you are not sure of the location of your new postal address because of one of the following reasons below:

  • Relocating due to employment for a short time.
  • Indefinitely visiting a relative for personal matters.
  • Travel for business or leisure without a specific end date.

You can still file for a temporary address change with the USPS, as long as the period between the start and end of the forwarding date request is not more than 6 months.

To learn more about this type of address change request, you can check out our article about Temporary Address Change.

What is the next step?

After completing the Postal Address Change with the USPS, your next step when moving to another location is to process a change of address with the DMV. This procedure will ensure that all importance records about your vehicle are updated.

To learn about this process, please read our DMV Change of Address article.

Notify these 10 Parties

  1. Voter Registration: Download and send the Voter Registration Address Change Form to your Supervisor of Elections. This maintains your right to vote in upcoming elections.
  2. SSA: All Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries must file for a change of address to keep their address updated. This can be done by going to the local office in person, by sending the form via the mail, or online.
  3. Banks: In order to receive monthly statements and bank offers, you must update your mailing address with each of your banking institutions. This is often available online if you don't want to make the trip to the bank.
  4. DMV: As your driver's license is an easy way to show proof of identity, it's a good idea to make sure it's updated with your new mailing address ASAP.
  5. Passport Agency: All you need to do is fill out the DS-504 Correction Form and send it to the office closest to you. An absolute must for international travelers.
Is it necessary to update the address on my passport?

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.

How to update my Voter Registration Card?

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.

How do I update my mailing address with the IRS?

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.

Is it necessary to update my address on my Social Security Card?

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.

How to change my address at the DMV?

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.