Are you moving or relocating? When moving into a new house, do not forget to change your postal address. This change can be done at your local post office in your new location or online through the address page of the US Postal Service, by phone or by mail.
But what do you need to know before changing your address?
- You need to ensure that you know the correct full postal address, without any numerical or spelling errors. This is something that can be verified either with your realtor or landlord.
- The US Postal Service will allow you to make a temporary or permanent change to your address. If you are living in temporary housing or just prefer to spend the winter months someplace warmer, you can change your address for up to 6 and even 12 months. When you choose to make a permanent change to your address, it will be registered in the National Change of Address database (NCOA).
- You also need to ensure that everyone who lives in your house is added to the change of address form. This way everyone's mail will be sent to your new address.
Options for Changing Your Address:
- Official USPS Change of Address Page
- This page requires a valid e-mail address to receive confirmation.
- You need a credit or debit card to pay the $1 identity verification fee.
- Call 1 (800) ASK-USPS
- You identity will be verified and you will be charged a $1 identity verification fee.
- Visit Your Local Post Office
- Fill out form 3575
- This can be printed from here or you can pick it up at your local post office.
- When you hand in the form at your local post office there is no fee.
- Print out form 3575. You can download the form from here for free.
- Mail this form to POSTMASTER, United State Postal Service.
- Apple First Class postage, then mail the letter.
- Expect move validation letter at your old address.
- Then confirmation letter to your new address from 7 to 10 days after the change of address has become effective.
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