The time has finally come! You’re finally done unpacking every moving crate at your new apartment or home. Now, you’ve got the address on your mailbox, but no one knows where you live. It’s time to change your address officially. For those who have never changed their address, it can be a confusing, stressful experience. Here is how to officially change your address after a move!
Changing Your Mailing Address
First and foremost, you’ll need to update your address with the United States Postal Service. For many, this is the first and last step. The USPS keeps a record of your residential address and automatically forwards mail to the new address for a period of six months. From there on out, everything should run smoothly.
To change your mailing address:
- Visit the Postal Service Change of Address website. The USPS will charge a $1 fee to verify your identity when changing a mailing address. You’ll require a credit or debit card for this part.
- Call 1-800-ASK-USPS. You will need to pay the $1 verification fee for an address change over the phone.
- Ask for Form 3575 at your local post office. If you change your address in person, the verification fee is waived completely.
Now, it’s important to note that you only need to complete one of the above steps. Not all of them! Each one has the same result: changing your address.
You’ve now updated your address in the eyes of the postal service. However, your credit card companies didn’t get the notice. You’ll want to visit their online portal or call over the phone to update your billing address. If you fail to complete this step, you may receive penalty fees for not paying a bill that arrived at your old address.