How to Change Your Mailing Address

Joe Roberts
Researcher & Writer
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February 09, 2022
4 min read

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Need help changing your mailing address before you move? It’s easier than you might think. We’ll walk you through changing your address online or at the post office. We’ll also teach you how to temporarily forward your mail, help you pick a moving company, and point you to home services you should set up before moving day.


How to change your address

For your convenience, USPS gives you two options for changing your mailing address: online or in person at the post office.

Changing your address online

To change your mailing address online, you’ll need to fill out this form, which asks you to provide your contact information and answer a few questions:

  • Are you changing your address for yourself, your whole household, or a business you own?
  • Is your move permanent (longer than one year) or temporary?
  • What is your current address?
  • What is your new address?
  • When would you like to start receiving mail at your new address?

After you’ve submitted the form, USPS will email you a verification code you can use to edit or cancel your request.

Changing your address online is a lot more convenient than going to the post office, but it will cost you $1.05, which is a small price to pay to skip the line and drive time.

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How soon should I change my mailing address?

USPS requires that you submit your request for an address change at least 30 days before you want to start getting mail at your new address. Additionally, your start date can’t be more than three months away.[1]

Changing your address in person

To change your address in person, you’ll need to go to your local post office and fill out a form in one of the Mover’s Guide packets you’ll find in the lobby. The Mover’s Guide asks all the same as the online form.

After you fill out the Mover’s Guide, you’ll just need to take it to the postal service clerk at the counter to submit it. And that’s it!

The best part is that changing your address in person is absolutely free.

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Who else to contact when you change your address

Aside from the post office, you should also change your address with your utility providers, your bank and credit card companies, your healthcare and insurance providers, your subscription and delivery services, and government agencies like the DMV, IRS, and Social Security Administration.


How to temporarily forward your mail

If you’re unsure if or when you’ll be moving back to your old address, premium mail forwarding might be better than changing your address. This service allows you to receive mail once a week at your temporary residence without submitting a formal address change request.

The bad news is this service costs $21.90 to set up and another $23.90 per week you’re using it. Obviously, this is much more expensive than simply changing your address, but it gives you more flexibility since a formal address change needs to be submitted at least 30 days in advance.


Pick your moving company

Now that you know how to change your mailing address and forward your mail, it’s time to pick a moving company. Moving prices tend to increase the closer you get to your moving date, so the sooner you pick your movers, the better.

Here are the moving companies we recommend hiring:

Best moving companies

Best overall
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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    Offers full-service moves across US and internationally
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    Includes one month of free storage
Up-front pricing
americanvanlines
American Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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    Provides residential, corporate, and military relocation
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    Offers flat-rate pricing & price matching
Customized services
northamerican
North American Van Lines
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
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    Provides great coverage and has a reliable claims process
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    Delivers on quality corporate relocation
Excellent customer service
allied
Allied Van Lines
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
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    Offers a variety of services, including unpacking
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    Has one of the largest moving networks
Best customer reviews
safeway
Safeway Moving Systems
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
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    Donates a portion of profits to a charitable cause
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    Provides long- and short-term storage
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Want cheaper moving options?

The professional movers we’ve listed provide sterling service and convenience, but you can save money by doing more of the work yourself and hiring a moving container company or renting a moving truck instead. To know for sure which moving option will work best for your needs and your budget, get quotes from all types of moving companies.


Sign up for home services

Along with changing your mailing address, you should also make sure that all of your home services are ready to use as soon as you move in.

Internet

While you might be able to transfer your current internet service to your new home, your internet service provider (ISP) may not cover the area you’re moving to, so you might need to pick a new ISP. Use this tool to find the best ISPs that service your new zip code.

Find internet prices for your new home

Cable and streaming

Next, you’ll want to line up all your entertainment services. Make sure you know how to set up cable at your new home if you’re a cable subscriber. Alternatively, if you’re using your move as an opportunity to cut the cord and give TV streaming a try, here are the TV streaming services we recommend:

Best TV streaming services

Best overall
YouTubeTV
YouTube TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$64.99/mo.
Best value
Hulu logo
Hulu + Live TV
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
$64.99–$70.99/mo.
Cheapest
Philo logo
Philo
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7
$25.00/mo.
Best for sports
fuboTV
4 out of 5 stars
4
$64.99–$79.99/mo.
Best for kids
Sling TV
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
$35.00–$50.00/mo.

Lastly, you’ll want to secure your new home to keep you and your family safe on day one. This means picking a home security system that will monitor your home and notify you if anything’s amiss. Here are the home security systems we recommend:

Best home security systems

Best value
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting at
$44.99/mo.
Most flexible
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3
Starting at
$14.99
Best DIY
Ring
Ring
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
Starting at
$10.00
Best self-monitored option
Abode
Abode
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7
Starting at
$20.00
Best customer service
Cove
Cove
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.3
Starting at
$15.00

Sources

  1.  United States Postal Service, “Official USPS® Change-of-Address.” Accessed November 22, 2021.
Joe Roberts
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Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over four years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.