Are you moving soon? If so, file your United States Postal Service (USPS) address change — either online or at a post office — in advance of your moving day.
However, even the best-laid plans may change, and you may need to update your address change USPS request so your mail gets forwarded to where you need it to go in a timely fashion. Fortunately, it is possible — and easy — to update or cancel your post office change of address, if necessary. Below are the steps involved when this happens.
Updating or Canceling Your USPS Address Change Online
Even after you change your address with the USPS, it’s still possible to cancel or update your mailing address even after your moving day has passed. This is most easily done on the post office’s website. Just go to the address change USPS website and click on the link to begin. Specifically, find the “View, Edit, Cancel or Dispute” link near the bottom of the page.
Next, you’ll need to enter some information like your ZIP code and address change confirmation number so that they know you have the right to alter this information. Your confirmation number can be found on the letter that the USPS sent to your new address. Or, if you submitted the address change request online, the 16-digit number will be in the email they sent you when confirming your request.
Once all of your information has been confirmed, you can make the following changes:
- Change the start and/or end dates of your mail forwarding.
- Update your phone number or email address.
- Cancel the address change.
- Convert a temporary move into a permanent change.
- Revise a family move to an individual move. (But, note that you can’t change an individual to a family.)
Keep in mind that you are limited to two changes per day, one of which can be the street address that you’re moving to. If you try to make more than two changes, you’ll receive an error message and will need to wait two days to alter additional details.
Updating Your Change of Address in a Post Office
A post office change of address can also be updated or canceled at your local branch, if that’s more convenient for you. Simply pay a visit to your nearest location with a form of identification and evidence to prove that you really live at your address. This could be a bank statement or utility bill with your name and address.
When moving, some people prefer to get a post office box for their new address. If you’re unsure how long you’re staying or it’s a temporary move, a P.O. box could be more convenient and is relatively inexpensive.
Frequently Asked Questions About Change of Address Services
How much does a USPS change of address cost?
First, you’ll need to provide either a credit card or debit card. Then, the post office will charge you $1.05, which enables them to confirm that your card is linked to the address that you want to change. There is not an ongoing charge to actually forward the mail, though.
When is the best time to update your address?
It’s recommended that you make the change request at least two weeks before your moving day, although you can do it up to three months prior. If you leave the task until later, it could get forgotten in the chaos of the move. What’s more, the mail can be slow at times, so it’s best to get your address change request out of the way as soon as it’s practical to do so.
How quickly will my mail begin arriving at my new address?
Expect to start receiving forwarded mail in seven to 10 business days from your scheduled moving day. If you filed your change of address request after your move, that seven- to 10-day delay will start from the date when you request the service.
Does the USPS address change service update it everywhere?
The USPS service only forwards mail to your new address. You’ll also need to change your address with every company that sends you mail. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make a list of all of the companies that have your address and work your way through it to make sure you’re up-to-date.
And, while most larger companies will allow you to change your address online, you may have to call others — like your insurance company — as there may be extra charges to pay.
Who to Notify of Your Move
Changing your address with the USPS is a critical moving task, as is alerting everyone else who needs to know that you’ve moved. In fact, you should put this right at the top of your moving checklist, along with collecting your moving boxes. In particular, here some of the more important entities that need to know you’ve moved:
- The Internal Revenue Service
- Your doctor and dentist
- Your accountant
- Financial institutions you do business with
- Insurance companies you use, including home, life, health, and auto
- Your employer
- The Department of Motor Vehicles
See a full list of everyone to notify of your move in this resource, which explains in detail each entity that should know about your move.
Without a doubt, moving is hard work, and there are many things to do when buying or selling a home. So, when it comes time to move, don’t forget about something as essential as changing your address!