Steps for planning for a USPS Address Change
Living in a bigger or better place seems like a dream come true, but moving is a big hassle. Before you actually move, you need to ensure that others can reach you. This will not be possible if you do not inform the USPS about your move.
The U.S. Postal Service provides three options for receiving mails at your new home.
- Submit a USPS address change form
If you submit an address change form, the USPS will forward any first-class mails sent to your old home to your new home. This is a free service and it will be offered for one year. After that period, mails sent to the old address will be returned to the senders.
- Sign up for the Premium Forwarding Service
This option is recommended for people who own two residences. For example, you spend the winter in Florida and the summer in Maine. If you subscribe to the premium forwarding service, your mails will follow you. However, this is not a free service. You have to pay for it.
- Use the General Delivery Service
Use this service if you are moving to a new place, but you don’t have a permanent address yet. If you use this service, you will be able to receive mails. On the envelope, the sender has to write your name and the words ‘General Delivery’. They also have to write the city name, the state name, and the zip code. You have to pick up the mail from the post office within 30 days of its arrival.
You need to submit the USPS address change form if you are changing your mailing address permanently. You can submit this form online at the local post office. Alternatively, you can download the form from the USPS website and send it to the post office.
While completing the form, you will be asked whether the move is temporary or permanent. You will also be asked when they should start forwarding your mails. Do not wait till you move. The USPS advises people to submit the address change form at least 7 days before the mails should be forwarded. If you receive mails under different names, you should submit the form for each name. Family members who have the same last name should complete only one form.
Informing the USPS about the move is important. You also need to alert your credit card issuers and banks. Keep in mind that your mails will be forwarded for only one year. Afterwards, any mails sent to your old home will be sent back to the sender. So if your service providers don’t have your new address, they will not be able to keep in touch with you.
Benefits of submitting the USPS address change form online.
It is easy. When you submit the form online, you have to use a debit or credit card. There is also a nonrefundable $1 verification fee. This fee is imposed to prevent identity thieves from changing your address. There are several benefits of submitting the form online. You will receive a confirmation mail after you submit it. You can visit the USPS website at any time to check the current status of your address change request. In addition, if you submit the form online, you will be able to edit the information you have entered.