Everything You Need to Know About Changing Your Address
Changing your address is one of the most important aspects of your moving process. Without an appropriate change of address form, you could be missing out on bills and other important information. It would be unfortunate, for example, if one of your bills went into collection because you missed a month of receiving it. That’s why it is essential to change your address well in advance of your move. Here is a general process you should follow when updating your address information.
Changing Your Address With USPS
When you change your address with USPS, you should get most of your mail forwarded to your new address. There are a few different ways you can approach this:
- Going online is the fastest and easiest way to change your address. Simply fill in the information, and you will immediately get an email confirmation.
- Changing your address online comes with a $1 debit or credit charge that helps confirm your identity and reduce the likelihood of fraud.
- If you are asked to pay more than $1 to change your address, you could be on a fraudulent website. The only way to change your address online through USPS is by following com/move.
- If you don’t want to change your address online, go into your local post office and request a change of address kit. Included in this kit is a paper form of PS Form 3575 – simply fill it out and give it to a postal worker at the office or put it in any USPS mail slot. You should receive a confirmation of your address change at your new address within 5 business days.
After The Move
Your change of address form forwards your mail to your new address only. Some institutions will see the change of address and update the information within their internal systems for you; some won’t. Never assume a party or institution will do this for you. Instead, use a formulaic approach to changing your address and inform the following entities:
- Your financial institutions (banks, credit card companies)
- Your utility companies (gas, electric, propane, internet, cable, cell phone)
- Insurance (health insurance, car insurance, life insurance)
Changing Your Address With Other Government Agencies
Don’t neglect to change your address information with other important government agencies, such as:
- The IRS. For tax purposes, it is essential to update your address, especially if it is in the middle of tax season and you are expecting a refund. You can change your address with the IRS by filling out the correct information in your Form 1040 when you file.
- Social Security Administration. If you receive social security payments (including disability or Medicare), don’t forget to update your address information using your online account. You can also do it by phone or by visiting your local branch.
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs. If you are a veteran receiving benefits from the VA, change your information with the department directly.
- The State Motor Vehicle Agency. Whether it is a Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or Department of Motor Vehicles, get your car registered appropriately under your new address.
- Voter Registration card. In many cases, registering your vehicle will provide you with the option of registering to vote in your new residence. If you don’t plan on registering a vehicle, contact your local election office.
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