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How To Get Your Mail At New Place

Getting your mail is a must
Preparing to move to a new address? Forwarding mail to your new place is critical.

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Change your address with the postal service
Alert government agencies and utilities
Check your old address for unforwarded mail
Overlook this task and you may not get payments or bill notices in time. You might miss out on magazines and other subscriptions. Cards and letters could end up MIA.

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“There are so many stressful activities taking place at once during a move. The last thing you want to worry about is mail or bills going missing. There are too many important notifications that you can’t afford to miss,” says Jenna Weinerman, head of marketing with Updater.

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Thankfully, this process isn’t hard. Find out what’s involved. Take action well ahead of your move date. And avoid the postal blues.

Forwarding mail: step 1
First, change your address with the USPS. You can change your address online. Do this directly via the USPS.com website. Note that the USPS will charge your credit or debit card $1 as an identity verification fee to prevent fraud. Don’t fall for other online sites that promise to change your address but charge a higher fee.

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Alternatively, you can visit your nearest post office. Ask for a Mover’s Guide packet and complete a change of address (COA) paper form (PS Form 3575). Drop it into a letter mail slot or hand it to a worker at the post office.

USPS will stop delivering mail to your former address on the COA start date you indicate on the online or paper form. You can expect mail to begin arriving within seven to 10 postal business days after the COA start date.

You’ll need to complete a separate COA form for every person moving with you. Be sure to choose the “individual” option on the form. Does every member of your family moving with you share the same last name? Then the COA form only needs to be completed once using the “family” option.
If you filed your COA form online, you can check its status online.

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Step 2
You’ll also need to let Uncle Sam’s agencies know about your change of address. Plan to separately contact the:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you expect a tax refund or other mail.
Social Security Administration (SSA) if you are enrolled in Medicare or get Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits.
Department of Motor Vehicles in your state to update your address on your driver’s license or motor vehicle registration.

Forward Or Hold Your Mail

Are you making a temporary move or heading out of town? The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can forward your mail to a new address or hold it at your local post office for a limited time.

Forward Your Mail
If your move is temporary, the USPS can forward your mail from your old address to a new one for 15 days to one year.

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To get started, fill out an official USPS change of address form. This covers questions about the type of move, the mail forwarding start and end date, and more.
Learn about other mail forwarding options, including the premium forwarding service.
Hold Your Mail
If you will be away for three to 30 days, the USPS can hold your mail at your local post office until you return. You can request this service up to 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day.

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Check to see if Hold Mail Service is available for your address and choose the dates for your request.
If you want to hold your mail for longer than 30 days, sign up for the USPS mail forwarding service.
For a permanent move, learn how to change your address with the USPS.

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File a Complaint with the U.S. Postal Service
If you have a complaint about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), need more information, or have a suggestion or compliment, you can let them know in one of several ways:

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Use the USPS website’s Email Us form. Select an inquiry type that most closely relates to the complaint or question that you have. On the website, you can also file a claim or request a refund for shipping.
Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or TTY: 1-800-877-8339.
Speak to the station manager (postmaster) at a local post office.
Write to the U.S. Postal Service’s Consumer Advocate office at:
United States Postal Service
Office of the Consumer Advocate
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2200

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Theft, Fraud, Waste, or Abuse Committed by the USPS or a USPS Employee
File a complaint with the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by

Filing an online complaint
Calling 1-888-USPS-OIG (1-888-877-7644)
Find more information about contacting the OIG
Mail Fraud or Abuse Committed by a Person or Company
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement agency that protects the mail system. Contact them to report:

Mail fraud – file an online mail fraud complaint.
Mail theft – use the email form to explain the issue. Under Inquiry Type, select Problem. Under Customer Service, select Support, and Mail Theft. Under Additional Information, explain why your complaint is mail theft-related.
The USPS, its inspector general, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service handle complaints about service-related issues. If you have a comment or complaint about a major policy change, such as postage rates, contact the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) using their online contact form.

Introducing New Forever Stamps To Brighten Your Holiday Mail

Occasional Forever® Stamps Light up Occasion MailThe U.S. Postal Service® is prepared for the occasions with 14 new regular Everlastingly Stamps intended to spruce up the unique welcome sent to companions and friends and family this year.The stamps incorporate merry outlines to enhance cards and letters, regarding the assorted courses in which Americans commend the holidays.Get every one of the points of interest on the distinctive sorts of occasion Perpetually Stamps beneath:

The Eid Welcome Always Stamp perceives the two most essential celebrations — or eids — in the Islamic date-book: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The Postal Administration has issued stamps to recognize these two Islamic occasions since 2001. “As one of the country’s most established open administration organizations, the Postal Administration thinks of it as an enormous respect to praise the differing qualities of this awesome country through our dedicatory stamps,” said Detroit Postmaster Derron Bawl, who committed the stamp this year. “The Eid Welcome stamp embodies the occasions and societies that make America interesting in the realm of history.”On Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslims wish each other Eidukum mubarak, the expression appeared in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp, summoning hundreds of years of custom. The expression interprets truly as “May your Eid be abundant (or favored),” an expression that can be connected to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Celebrating the cheerful celebration of Diwali, the Postal Administration discharged a stamp configuration including a lit customary diya oil light sitting on a shining gold foundation. The Eternity Stamp was discharged in October at the Indian Consulate in New York City.Also known as Deepavali, Diwali praises the triumph of good over shrewdness. Traversing five days every fall, it is considered by some to be the begin of the New Year. Diwali is additionally a vital celebration in a few different religions. Buddhists respect antiquated Indian Ruler Ashoka’s change to Buddhism. Jains celebrate the educator Mahavira’s accomplishment of freedom from the cycle of life and demise. Sikhs commend the liberating of master Hargobind from imprisonment. Hindus light the diyas with expectations that Lakshmi, the goddess of riches and success, will visit their homes.

Kwanzaa Always Stamps (#KwanzaaStamps)Commemorating the 50th commemoration of the Kwanzaa occasion, USPS proceeds with its convention observing Kwanzaa with an energetic new stamp configuration confirming the otherworldly and material wealth of life.Kwanzaa, a yearly non-religious occasion occurring more than seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, brings family, group and culture together for some African Americans. “Kwanzaa festivities concentrate on the significance of family, group and culture, and mirror a portion of the center estimations of African culture,” said U.S. Postal Administration Delegate Postmaster General and Boss Government Relations Officer Ronald Stroman.USPS presented the main Kwanzaa stamp in 1996 by craftsman Synthia Holy person James. Holy person James made the craftsmanship on the current year’s stamp to symbolize the plenitude of African gather festivities.

Madonna and Nativity Everlastingly Stamps (#ChristmasStamps; #NativityStamps)In October, USPS devoted a Christmas stamp highlighting the Florentine Madonna and Tyke from a fifteenth century gum based paint on-board painting at the National Display of Workmanship, Widener Accumulation in Washington DC.The picture demonstrates Mary holding the baby Jesus with a botanical foundation. “With the occasions appropriate around the bend, this stamp, in view of a delightful picture as a feature of the National Exhibition of Craftsmanship’s gathering, is ideal for stretching out Christmas welcome to family, companions and friends and family,” said U.S. Postal Administration Capital Metro Territory VP of Operations Linda Malone.

The Nativity Always Stamp was issued not long ago, including a picture of the Heavenly Family outlined against a day break sky. The scene includes a shading palette of straightforward shades of blue and white highlighted by profound shadows.Artists during that time have commended the Nativity in painting and figure. Today, Nativity scenes remain the centerpieces of many church and family dedications amid the Christmas season.”Today we respect a standout amongst the most typical pictures on the planet. A picture that for Christians from all kinds of different backgrounds commends the tale of the Nativity,” said U.S. Postal Administration Corporate Interchanges VP Janice Walker. “This excellent stamp incorporates a splendid star that emerges in both its delineation and in its importance of Christmas.”

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The History Of Owney The Postal Dog

On an autumn day in 1888, a shaggy pup took his first step toward becoming a postal legend when he crept into the Albany, New York Post Office. The postal workers soon took a liking to the dog’s friendly demeanor and adorably furry face. They allowed him to stay and named him Owney.At first, Owney stayed close to the Post Office, but soon the adventurous pup began riding mail wagons to the train depot. He also began riding along with the postal employees in the railway mail car down to New York City and back to Albany. The postal workers loved Owney’s company, and Owney loved theirs.As Owney traveled farther, his friends at the Albany Post Office feared he might wander too far to find his way home again so they purchased a leather collar with a tag reading “Owney, Post Office, Albany, NY.” The railway mail service clerks recorded Owney’s travels by attaching metal baggage tags to his collar to identify the rail lines he traveled on. Because Owney traveled to dozens of destinations, he was soon weighed down by his collection of tags! Postmaster General John Wanamaker presented Owney with a little jacket to distribute their weight more evenly.As the years went on, Owney began traveling farther and staying away longer. He visited dozens of countries, including Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, Suez, Algiers, and the Azores. Owney traveled over 140,000 miles by train, and once even circled the globe.While being shown off to an Ohio newspaper reporter, Owney bit the postal clerk who was handling him. The postmaster had Owney put down on June 11, 1897. Railway mail clerks chipped in money to have a taxidermist preserve Owney’s body. In 1911, the Post Office Department entrusted Owney to the Smithsonian Institution. Since 1993, Owney has been part of the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. He can be seen wearing his small doggy vest decorated with over 1,000 medals and tags he accumulated during his world travels.

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Postal Service Shows Its Commitment To Energy Conservation

Postal Service™ Celebrates Energy Conservation During Energy Action Month 2016 October is Energy Action Month. This month long celebration is declared by Presidential Proclamation each October. It is a time to celebrate energy saving successes and renew our commitment to energy conservation.The Postal Service set a goal in 2003 to reduce energy usage in our more than 30,000 facilities by 30% by the year 2015. We surpassed that goal by reducing our facility energy usage by 32.1%. This is no small feat considering our Post Office™ and processing facilities are spread all across the United States and range from tiny offices of less than 100 square feet to large processing facilities of 1.4 million square feet. We celebrate the achievement of our goal but we are not stopping there because big changes begin with small steps.Energy efficiency programsOne program that started off small and is now paying big dividends is sponsored by our Facilities Energy Team . These energy saving heroes searched for a way to meet heating and cooling temperature goals.They looked to improve upon something that many people have in their homes – programmable thermostats. These devices ensure that heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units are conserving energy. They also help our homes maintain a comfortable temperature in the morning when we wake up and use less energy when we are sleeping or away from home.Energy saving technologyThe Postal Service adopted a technology that goes well beyond the capabilities of simple programmable thermostats. It is known as the Remote HVAC Monitoring and Control system and it ensures that more than 500 postal buildings adhere to USPS® temperature standards based on occupancy levels. Each building is equipped with sensors that communicate with a centralized server to collect energy consumption data.Additionally, the system performs HVAC equipment diagnostics to keep it running smoothly and to remotely troubleshoot. This feature enables USPS to quickly pinpoint issues and avoid expensive investigation time before making repairs.This amazing technology decreased energy usage by more than 15% and saved the Postal Service more than $1.5 million in utility bills.We plan to expand this program to more facilities in 2017 to continue saving money and energy.We challenge you to take steps to conserve energy usage in your home because big changes begin with small steps.