How Do I Change My Mailing Address? Everything You Need to Know

How Do I Change My Mailing Address? Everything You Need to Know

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A study conducted by the American Community Survey discovered that the average person in the United States will move about 11 times in their lifetime. That’s a lot of moving! There are a lot of steps involved in the moving process, one of which involves changing your mailing address. Keeping track of our snail mail is important, whether it be to maintain our tax information or submit our ballots. Even that birthday card from grandma that we always look forward to requires our proper mailing address. We’ve broken down the steps you need to take in order to change your mailing address and keep all of your love letters (and bills) coming to your new address.

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How to change your mailing address with the USPS

There are two easy options for changing your mailing address with the United States Postal Services. You can either change your address online or in person.

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Change my address online

To change your address online, go to USPS.com/Move. This will lead you to the five steps listed on their website. First, choose if you are moving as an individual, family, or business and fill out the form. At this step, you can also choose if the move is temporary or permanent. Next, verify that your information has been input correctly and verify your identity. Finally, pay for the transaction. To change your address online, there is a fee of $1.10. This must be paid with a credit or debit card. This fee is for identity verification purposes to protect you against fraud and ensure that you are the one making the change of address request.

This is the fastest and easiest way to change your mailing address with the USPS. After completing the final step you will receive a confirmation email that your mailing address has been changed.

Change my address in person

To change your mailing address in person, go to your nearest post office. Upon arrival, request the Mover’s Guide packet. This will give you a breakdown of the basics for changing your address, such as what information you will need. Essentially, it is a hard copy of what is listed on their website regarding changing your address. First, you will fill out PS form 375 located inside the Mover’s Guide. This is a hard copy of the change of address form. Next, give it to a postal worker behind the counter, or drop it in the mail slot inside the building. Then, you’re good to go! There is no fee to change your mailing address in person.

After you have completed the above steps, the USPS will mail you a moving validation letter to your current address to notify you that the request has gone through. Also, five days before your selected change of address date, you will receive a customer notification letter in the mail at your new address along with a confirmation code.

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Quick Q & A

Q: When should I change my address?

A: The USPS stops delivering mail to your previous address on the change of address (COA) date you select when you fill out the change of address form. That means you get to decide when you would like to stop receiving mail at your current address. Your mail should begin arriving at your new address 7-10 business days after your selected COA date. For more help on planning out the timeline of your move, check out our week-by-week guide with tips and tricks.

Q: Does it cost money to change my mailing address?

A: It depends! There is no fee for changing your address in person at the post office. If you opt to change your mailing address online, there is a verification fee of $1.10.

Q: How do I know if I changed my address correctly?

A: If you changed your address online, you will receive a confirmation email immediately after completing the transaction. If you’ve changed your mailing address in person, a moving validation letter will be sent to you immediately detailing the change of address information you specified in your form. In addition, if you filed an address change online, you will also receive a moving validation letter in the mail with the information you specified in the online form. 

Q: Does changing my mailing address with the USPS also change it for the DMV, voter registration, personal records, etc.?

A: No. To change your address with the DMV you must visit their website and fill out their separate change of address form. Similarly, to change your voter registration address, you must visit USA.Gov and fill out their change of voter registration form. In addition, to change your address with a school, healthcare provider, etc. contact them directly and inform them of your move. All state and personal records must be updated separately from the USPS change of address form.

Aubrey graduated from UCLA in 2019 with dual degrees in English and Psychology, as well as receiving a concentration in Fiction Creative Writing. Her writing can be found at Locale Magazine, UCLA's MindWell pod, HerCampus, Westwind, and Bloody Donuts. Aubrey currently lives in Los Angeles with her orange tabby cat, Bowie, and spends her free time reading anything she can get her hands on and soaking up the golden California sun. You can find her hiking the Laguna trails, making jewelry, or exploring the local library.