Government Change of Address

The process of relocating is a difficult and demanding task. It does not only require you to physically move your family and belongings from one place to another, but it also requires you to perform several procedures, in order to update your records with vital government agencies.

The need to update the information regarding your new address is a crucial step in completing your relocation. Important government organizations, such as the IRS, USCIS, Office of the secretary of State, Department of Revenue and the SSA are essential departments that you need to immediately inform whenever you transfer to another location.

Failure to update your new address with important government agencies may lead to serious problems, such as failure to receive tax refunds and confusion on where you are eligible to vote. That is why it is imperative to perform a government change address request with the following departments.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • USCIS
  • Voter Registration office
  • Secretary of State office
  • Department of Revenue
  • Social Security Administration

Now that we understand the importance of performing a government change address request with these agencies, let us now look on how we can process a change address request with each of the listed government agencies.

Changing Address with the Internal Revenue Service

There are several methods that you can use to update your new address with the IRS.

Change of Address with IRS through Tax Return

Enter your new address on the field provided on your tax return form. This will automatically update your information upon submission of the form.

Change of Address with IRS via written statement

Send a written letter to the IRS center informing them of your request to update your new address. Don't forget to include the following information on your written request.

  • Your Full name
  • Information on your old and new addresses
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Signature
Change of Address with IRS using the official IRS form

Download or secure an official IRS form 822. Fill up the form and submit online or to your nearest IRS center.

Change of Address with IRS via oral notification

Call 800-829-3676 (800-TAX-FORM) and request for an address change. Follow the instructions and provide the following information for verification.

  • Your Full name
  • Your old and new address
  • Your Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number
Change of Address with IRS via Electronic Notification

This method can only be used whenever you failed to receive your tax refund from the IRS.

Access the "where's my refund?" page in the IRS website. Provide the following information.

  • Social Security Number
  • Filing status
  • Amount of your refund

Update your address on the field provided on the IRS website.

Changing Address with USCIS

Updating your address with the USCIS is mandatory and should be done within 10 days upon transferring to a new location.

Change of Address with USCIS online

1. Access the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Change of Address page

2. Fill up form AR-11

3. Update your address

Change of Address with USCIS via mail

1. Download or Secure form AR-11

2. Fill up the form and make sure that you include the following information

a. Your present address

b. Your last registered address

c. Your country of citizenship

d. Your alien or registration number

e. Your date of birth

f. Your signature

g. Indicate your current employment and school (if applicable)

3. Send the form via certified, registered or return receipt mail

Changing Address with Voter Registration office

1. Secure or download EAC's National Mail Voter Registration Form

2. Fill up the form and update it with your new address

3. Send the form to the appropriate office

Changing Address with the Secretary of State office

1. Download or secure a Notice of Change of Address from your secretary of state website

2. Fill up the form and provide the following information

  • Date of birth
  • New address
  • Old address
  • License plate number
  • Driver's license number

3. Submit the form online or send it to your secretary of state office

Changing Address with Department of Revenue
Change of Address with Department of Revenue online

1. Login to the department of Revenue website

2. Access the change address page

3. Follow instruction on the website and provide the following information

  • New and old addresses
  • State ID number
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver's license number
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number

4. Complete the address update and submit

Change of Address with Department of Revenueby person or mail

1. Download or secure a department of revenue address change form

2. Fill up the form and provide the following information

  • Full Name
  • Old address
  • New addresses
  • Telephone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number

3. Sign the form

4. Send via mail or submit it to your nearest Department of Revenue office

Changing Address with Social Security Administration
Change of Address with Social Security Administration online

1. Access the SSA Change of Address page online

2. Follow instructions and provide the following information

  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Recent bank statement
  • Pay stub

3. Complete the update request

4. Print out the address change confirmation page for reference

Change of Address with Social Security Administrationby person

1. Download or secure an SSA Change of Address form

2. Fill up the form

3. Submit to form to your nearest SSA office

Change of Address with Social Security Administrationby phone

1. Call the SSA office at 1-800-722-1213 (Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

2. Speak with a representative and follow instruction on how to update your address with the SSA

Updating government agencies regarding your new address will ensure continuous delivery of services and eliminate any potential problems that may arise.

Notify these 10 Parties

  1. Voter Registration: Download and send the Voter Registration Address Change Form to your Supervisor of Elections. This maintains your right to vote in upcoming elections.
  2. SSA: All Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries must file for a change of address to keep their address updated. This can be done by going to the local office in person, by sending the form via the mail, or online.
  3. Banks: In order to receive monthly statements and bank offers, you must update your mailing address with each of your banking institutions. This is often available online if you don't want to make the trip to the bank.
  4. DMV: As your driver's license is an easy way to show proof of identity, it's a good idea to make sure it's updated with your new mailing address ASAP.
  5. Passport Agency: All you need to do is fill out the DS-504 Correction Form and send it to the office closest to you. An absolute must for international travelers.
FAQ
Is it necessary to update the address on my passport?

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.

How to update my Voter Registration Card?

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.

How do I update my mailing address with the IRS?

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.

Is it necessary to update my address on my Social Security Card?

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.

How to change my address at the DMV?

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.