In order to complete your change of address, you will need to select between 3 change of address types. Once you do so, on the next page you will be prompted to fill out the old address (from which you are moving from,) as well as your new address (that you are moving to.)
Fill out your first name, last name and basic contact information so you can be reached, and you are good to go. Once you have downloaded the form and all the fields have been filled out, you can then take the form and give it to a post office clerk.
A confirmation letter will be sent to you within 5 business days, to inform you of the successful change of address.
Once you have the change of address form filled out, you will need to take it to a post office in California and deliver it to a postal worker behind the counter. Alternatively, you can drop the form in the letter mail slot inside the post office. A confirmation letter of the change of address will be delivered to your new address.
From the minute a change of address has been completed, the USPS will forward mail to your new address for a specific amount of time (up to 12 months,) depending on the mail class you select. There is a minimum forwarding time of 15 days for a temporary change of address.
Once you have filled out and given your change of address form to the local post office, you can expect the process to take up to 5 business days. Once the process is completed, you will receive a change of address confirmation letter in the mail, at your new address.
To notify the social security office about the change of address, you will need to log into “my social security” on the offical Social Security website.. From there, select the “My Profile” link that is on the right of your screen. Select the “Update Contact Information” button and enter your new address information. Finally, select when you would like to schedule the update and click on “next.”
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Your first step will be to add in all your information within the COA form (also known as a PS Form 3575.) This will include your name, old & new address, and the type of change of address you want (temporary or permanent.)
Now that you have your change of address form, you will want to take it to the post office and deliver it to a clerk. Make sure to sign the form and have 2 forms of ID with you, in order to verify your identity.
It will take the Post Office approximately up to 5 business days in order to have your change of address process completed. Once that is completed, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail.
If you are about to move, you probably have started considering completing your change of address. A good number of homeowners that are about to move, partially because they are too busy, and primarily because they are not aware, forget to complete a change of address with the USPS. That means that all their furniture moves, and even good ol’ Chip, but not their mail.
Before we get into the “how” of changing your address, it is important to highlight some reasons why you should not be on the fence but rather completing this change of address process sooner rather than later.
Something to keep in mind, and that is a common misconception people have, is that you can always change your address in advance and have it pre-scheduled. Completing a change of address is not something that needs to happen the night before, and nor do you need to worry about moving at a later date and starting the change of address process, sooner.
When you visit the USPS site to fill out your information, they will ask you when you would like to complete the change of address. So what calendar date, you want to have mail forwarded to your new address. Not only that, but depending on the change of address that you request (temporary or permanent,) you will also be asked to provide a date for when the change of address will expire and mail will start going back to your old address.
Completing a change of address, is something that may be a bit different, depending on the type of change you want to complete.
The purpose of temporary changes of address, is to have mail forwarded only for a small period of time, with all mail returning back to your old address, 6 months later. This is an option most commonly used by people who intend on being out of town for a while. Temporary changes will have a minimum requirement of 15 days for your mail to be forwarded. In other words, if you intend on being away for less than 15 days, then a temporary change of address may not be the proper mail forwarding system you should be looking into. In that case, a hold of mail by your local post office, may be a better option.
Permanent changes of addresses, will allow you to have mail forwarded to your new address for up to 12 months. Even though the name suggests it is a permanent address change, you will still need to, at the end of the 12 months to change your mailing address information with all agencies or services that you are subscribed to. A positive of permanent changes of address, is that you do not need to switch between getting mail at your new and your old address; once you complete the process, you are pretty much good to go with accepting mail at your new address for an indefinite amount of time.
If you happen to be on the fence, with how long you intend to be at that other address, then definitely consider the temporary change of address. This way, if you ever need to switch back to your original address, you still have that option and are not stuck with your new address.
Permanent changes of addresses, as with temporary changes of address are free of charge when you visit a local post office. Make sure to have with you two forms of ID and provide a valid signature in the form that you are asked to sign, and you are good to go.
To complete a change of address online, you will need to visit the USPS in the mover guide section of their website. There you will be asked to fill out basic information, such as your name, date of birth etc. The most important piece of information that you need to add, is your old address, the new address you are moving to as well as the calendar date when you intend to move.
You will be asked on that same page, to pick between a permanent or temporary change of address. That page has several frequently asked questions that have been answered by the USPS, so make sure to reference that page if all your questions are not covered in this blog.
You will also be asked to provide a valid credit card to which $1.05 will be charged, as a form of verification. Due to the amount of mail fraud that exists, they want to make sure they are able to match the name you listed when filling out their form with your name on the card.
Completing a change of address offline, can easily be done by visiting your local post office. Visiting in person, will in no way be a money saver or time saver for you, for that matter. However, it may be a better way to complete the process, if you have questions that no website can answer, or if you already tried to complete a change of address, but are having difficulties in the process.
Post offices are not exactly quiet places, and you may need to stay in line, so make sure to have all your questions written down on a cheat sheet. Another thing you will want to do, is have a change of address form filled out, with all field filled and a signature added at the bottom. When it is your turn, just hand it to the employee at the counter, and they will handle the rest on their end.
We maybe should have included this as part of the online change of address. However, if you do a simple search online, you will see a small number of websites that advertise themselves as a change of address partner. They do not claim to be from the USPS (although some, do make the website look like you are on a USPS page,) but rather they claim to help you save time by visiting the post office.
At the time of writing this article, we have not concluded on whether these websites are outright fraudulent, or whether there is a way for them to actually get your form sent to the USPS. In an effort to “crack” the mystery, we reached out to the USPS and asked whether they have authorized third party websites that they work with, in order to complete changes of address on behalf of people. Their answer was similar to the one we listed a moment ago: there is no clear authorization for anyone else to process change of address applications, and all changes of addresses need to run through the USPS with a verified signature (for offline changes of address,) or through the use of a credit card during the online process.
Whether these websites, that will charge north of $20 for something that is virtually free, do indeed cheat people or not, is a mystery of its own. If you ever do become a victim of this sort of fraud however, make sure to reach out to your bank and do a charge back. These websites have no legal standing nor are they authorized by the USPS to complete changes of address on your behalf.
Alright; if you have been patiently been reading through this, hoping to find an answer to your questions, we hope we have been able to help with that.
Before we conclude our topic for the day, we would like to give you an introduction to a virtual mailbox platform, that a growing number of people have started to use to use their mail.
It started by expats who were overseas and not able to receive their US mail. Employees for international corporations, retired couples and people who needed to be overseas for a while, had no way to receive packages & mail, except through the use of virtual mailboxes.
In short, it’s an online platform, similar to how your e-mail is, to which all postal mail and packages are scanned and uploaded. All items that arrive at your virtual mailbox, will have an exterior scan of your envelope or package. From there, if you want to have images of the documents within your envelopes uploaded to your account, you can request it from the virtual mailbox. If you want to have something physically shipped to you, depending on your destination, you can expect to get up to 80% off retail shipping rates. Shredding is absolutely free and check deposits can also be completed from within your account (also free!)
We have put together a Freemium plan for people who have not yet used a virtual mailbox platform before, through which you can start using our platform free, for the first 60 days. If you decide you want to renew from there, you can easily do so from within your account. Otherwise you are good to cancel, and receive mail the good old way, at your physical mailbox.
One thing we will say, which ties into our topic about changes of address: when signing up for a virtual mailbox, and if you are not sure whether it is the right fit for you in the long run, complete a temporary change of address. This way, you can always have mail sent to your original address.
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In order to change your address online with the USPS, you will be charged a small $1.05 fee for verification purposes. The charge will need to take place on your debit or credit card. This is done to protect your address information and to avoid having fraudulent change of address requests being submitted on your behalf. You can complete a change of address request offline to avoid the $1.05 fee, by visiting your local post office. You will be required to present 2 forms of ID as well as sign the change of address form that you will fill out. This too is done for verification purposes.
In order to make your change of address process more streamlined and to ensure that all parties have been notified about your change of address, we recommend you complete your change of address two weeks prior to your move. If you are a few weeks out, you can select a date from the calendar in our change of address page so that the USPS can start forwarding your mail then.
Yes. Changes of address are free if you have them completed at your local post office. Any charges would be for an online change of address, and only for verification purposes. You may come across other, non USPS websites, changing north of $20 for a change of address. You do not need to go through those sites and you can just have a change of address completed directly with the USPS.
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