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.
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