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