How to Officially Change Your Address

Make it official!
Tyler Tyler (291)
Total time: 5 minutes 

Moving is one of the most stressful and time-consuming things you'll do in your life. There are so many things to worry about when you move and having your address officially changed is just one of them.

We're going to show you how to officially change your address with the United States Postal Service. And, as a bonus, we'll even show you how to begin to establish residency at your new address.

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USPS Form Change of Address

Head over to the online USPS change of address form.

Fill out the form with the requested information regarding your address change. You'll need information such as:

  • Previous address
  • New address
  • Dates of your move
  • Info on who is moving
  • How long you want your mail to forward to the new address

Finally, click Next.

You need to provide a valid email address and pay a fee of $1.05 via credit card in order to use the online service.

  • Click Next.
  • In the next window, state whether anyone helped you with the form.
  • Click Next.

You should receive a confirmation on the website, as well as a confirmation in your email.

Movers Guide USPS
USPS

Though it's only $1.05, you might not want to pay the fee or use the online service provided by the post office.

In that case:

  • Go to your local post office and request a Mover's Guide packet.
  • Inside the packet is PS Form 3575.
  • Fill out the form and return it to the post office.

Each state has its own requirements for establishing residency, but there are some things that work across the board. Many of those you'll want to make sure you do anyway. Make sure to save your documention when doing the following residency-establishing actions:

  • Complete the Change of Address mentioned in this guide.
  • Change over your utilities (definitely save any bills you receive at your new address with your name on them).
  • Get a new driver's license with a new address.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Domicile" if your state requires one.
  • Register to Vote.
  • Register your pet in a new state (if applicable).
  • Update bank account information.