Hello, everyone!

While relocating to a new place can be stressful, you still need to work on getting your new address. Determine which type of address you will need first, whether it’s a permanent or temporary one. You will require your new address for important tasks like receiving bills.

Permanent addresses mean that you completely do away with your old address. Temporary on the other hand means that you will only need for a specific duration, which is mostly a maximum of 6 months. However, the validity can be extended to 12 months, depending on the reasons you will submit when requesting for an extension. Get the new ZIP code from your housing agency or landlord first, then proceed to the below tips for a smooth application at the post office. You can notify the post office and by:

Going to the post office

Changing your address in person is probably one of the best ways that you can familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. You can go to the post office in person to see what the process entails and at the same time see how officials in your new locality handle processes. However, this is an efficient method only for those with some free time and might not be the best alternative for those with a busy schedule.

At the post office, you will be required to fill out form 3575 for the official change of address request. You can obtain the form at the post office or download it from the USPS website, fill it and then take it to the post office. You will have to fill in your old and new addresses as well as your full names and select either permanent or temporary change of address, listing the people you will be moving in with. Once through, submit your form and wait for a feedback. 


Online change of address

The online change of address method is a great option for those that cannot make it to the post office and it also saves time. The online system involves the following steps:

 Accessing the official USPS change of address page where you will then fill out some information.

 The U.S. Postal Service will then send you a confirmation which you will have been delivered to your email.

 A debit of $1 will be made from your credit or debit card for verification and security purposes.

 The details you will have submitted will undergo verification and the bank details checked automatically before submission.

Change of address through mail

If you prefer the mail method, you can also use this to notify the post office about your move.  You will have to access the website and download form 3575. Fill in the details accurately before mailing it to the postmaster. You will receive a move validation letter at your old address and then in about 7 days, you will receive a confirmation if your change of address application was successful.

Although processing can be slowed by things like the number of applications, location among other limiting factors, whichever method you use, it will normally take you 7 to 10 after application to receive a confirmation. Start filling in a change of address request early to avoid missing out on bills.

If you have any tips to notifying the post office when you move, share it with us, in the comment section below.

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  1. Jasmin N
    February 7, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    I’ve always changed our addres to post office & government by their online application form. It’s super convenient. Ah what wonders the Internet has done to us!

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      Internet can save our time as well!

  2. Karoliina Kazi
    February 8, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Here in London I keep a list of places I need to inform and just try to do everything that way – in Finland the government does it for you which is super easy.

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      That’s a great way to keep everything in order.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 5:24 am

    Ugh! As many times as I’ve moved in the last couple of years, I’m terrible at this. I typically forward my mail ok, but I rarely ever contact everyone. Who knows what mail I’ve never received! I definitely need to be more organized about it!

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Oh yes, you might have lost them!

  4. February 9, 2018 / 8:44 am

    This is seriously so helpful. Honestly, when it comes to moving, I can appreciate anything that makes the process any bit easier. Thank god for you!

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Glad that this post is helpful for you!

  5. February 9, 2018 / 9:07 am

    We did the same as Jasmin. Super easy actually!

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      That’s great! Technology wins!

  6. February 9, 2018 / 11:06 am

    I’ve moved a fair bit and for some reason I’ve never changed my address with the post office, definitely something I should look into with this next move coming up

    • February 11, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      You might have lost some mail because of this.

  7. February 10, 2018 / 2:18 am

    I’ve done this process several times and have never encountered any problems. Helpful information for those who are unsure how the process works. 🙂 It can be really frustrating to have mail go to your old place!

    • February 11, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      While it’s so easy to handle this!

  8. February 10, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    People always forget to forward their mail when they move. I ran an apartment building for some time and the amount of returned mail was astronomical!

  9. February 11, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Moving can be stressful sometimes and that’s a reason to forget about this.

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