How To: Change Your Mailing Address

If you're preparing to move, without a doubt one thing on your to-do list is changing your mailing address with the USPS. Here, we've compiled the very basics.

  • There are three ways to request a change of address: online ($1 fee), by telephone (1-800-275-8777) ($1 fee), or by mailing in a form (free).
  • Change of address forms can be picked up at the post office. Alternatively, they can be printed from the USPS website. Simply fill out the prompts as if you are changing your address online then choose to print out the form once your info is entered.
  • A single request can be completed if everyone in your household shares a last name and everyone's moving to the same address. If you have different last names, an individual request must be completed for each person. This goes for maiden names, household members with different last names, or households where not everyone is moving to the same place.
  • You should receive a confirmation letter at your new address within 7-10 business days of receipt of your request. The letter will show your old address and new one. Review it for accuracy and contact the USPS at 1-800-275-8777 if there are any discrepancies.
  • If you don't receive a confirmation letter within the 7-10 business day period, you can check the status of your address change with the USPS by calling 1-800-275-8777 or emailing.

There's a large FAQ at the USPS website (over 300 questions!) if you need more information. However, we thought this simple outline would be helpful and quick to use for the great majority of people who are moving.

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