If you are considering a relocation soon, you will always need to think about a special item that requires your full understanding and attention. As you are changing houses or apartments, a crucial procedure to do this is to file a temporary or permanent change of address with the US Postal Service™ (aka USPS®). When you do this, you should consider that your mail will not arrive until the USPS® has received your forwarding order. The postal service will process any change of address within 3 months of your move, so you have the peace of mind to perform this function at any time. If at all possible you should process your change of address before the relocation in order to focus on other issues regarding your move. Changing your address with US Mail is one of many procedures you will need to take. For example, you will still need to notify government entities, finance companies, magazines, insurance companies, and frequent flier programs, amongst others. One item that’s vital and to change your address with the DMV. Changing your license or car address on registration is a substantial move, so that you can always receive your car/license notifications on time and avoid penalties. Other items to consider are voter registration changes of address, IRS, Social Security, and immigration-related services. On voter registration, be sure to do this on time so the election authorities will all you to vote at your new location.
Below is a list of parties that should be notified that you will be changing your address.
Be sure to go through your email contacts, your facebook friends, and your cell phone contacts and make a list of all the people who should be alerted that you are moving, and where you are moving to.
Most doctors and hospital management prefer to send medical reports, check-up reminders and change in appointments via postage service. You can either personally visit the hospital or call the management staff of your doctor to change your address on their record. Here is the checklist with various health professionals for your convenience:
|Dermatologist||Psychologist or psychiatrist|
|Pediatrician for your kids||Neurologist|
|Ophthalmologist and optometrist||Rheumatologist|
|ENT Specialist||Physical therapist|
|Your general physician or family doctor||Cardiologist|
|Gynecologist or obstetrician||Veterinarian for your pets|
To prevent missing out on any important mail, you will need to contact the US Postal Service (USPS) about forwarding mail and notify them of your new address. You can file the USPS.com address change request up to 90 days before the day you move. Your options for filing the notice are to:
Please note that you must notify USPS of a change in address even if the move is temporary, which may be the case for schooling or even work. Failure to notify the US Postal Service of the mail forwarding order can result in not receiving important items in the mail. Here are the steps to successful file for a temporary address change:
Another important step in the moving process is to notify the DMV of your change of address. The DMV requires that it has an up to date record of your address on file, which matches your driver's license and car registration. There is often a deadline for filing/changing this info, which varies by state. Some states require it within 2 months.
Find below outlined steps for how to enact these important changes:
You must also notify government agencies that you will be moving. Failing to do so could result in missing a host of important notices that might lead to trouble down the road. You will need to notify the Department of State and the Department of Revenue. Also, in order to vote, you must mail your voter registration address change form to the Supervisor of Elections.
Of course, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and SSA (Social Security Administration) must also be notified.
Moving your business to a new address also requires a number of notifications to ensure a smooth transition to your new location. Among the items that must be changed are your legal documents, business cards, tax filings, and any other paperwork related to the business, e.g. investments, legal matters. Forgetting to change any of these could result in headaches after the move.
Always keep the Admission's office of whatever school you or a family member is attending updated with your current address info. This way, all mail sent out from the school – progress reports, transcripts, report cards, etc. – are sure to be received.
You will want to let all insurance companies know that you will be moving:
You must also move all your subscriptions to your new address. Each provider often lists their contact info on the subscription materials and also online on their website and/or facebook page.
Update your address in each account in order to ensure a seamless transition to your new address. Failure to do so might result in delayed shipment or missing out on purchases altogether.
If you have recently applied for a new or replacement passport, you will need to update your address or your passport may not be sent to your mailing address.
Each state has a specific form for changing a mailing address. Fill it out and either mail or submit in person to the DMV or State's Supervisor of Elections.
There are 3 ways to update your address with the IRS. Fill out and mail the Change of Address 8822 form. Call the IRS office and change your address via phone. Or draft a written statement and mail it to the office where you filed your taxes the previous year.
For those receiving SS benefits and Medicare, you are required to update your address. This can be done in person at a SSA office, online, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.
This varies by state. But typically, the state requires the following: proof of residence in the state, proof of ID, a small fee, and a form filled out with your old and new addresses.