Having to go through the headache and hassle of changing your mailing address with the USPS every time you move your home or your business isn’t something anyone looks forward to, but it is critically important if you’re going to continue to receive your mail and your packages.


The USPS has certainly streamlined and simplified the process quite a bit over the last few decades, though it is important to understand that you’ll end up paying a dollar each time you have a change of address – especially if you use the online tools provided to help you go through the process without visiting a physical postal office.


Below we break down all the steps you’ll need to take when changing your mailing address through the USPS, but we also provide you with a fantastic alternative that guarantees you never have to change your address more than once going forward!

USPS truck delivering mail


Let’s dive right in.


When Do I Need to Change My Address?


You have to go through a change of address process with the USPS anytime you are going to be moving from one location to another, regardless of whether or not you’re moving across the street or across the country.


This is true whether you are an individual moving apartments, a family moving into a new home, or a business moving into a new location.


Not only are you going to have to provide information about the move that you are making (including your new address) but you’re also going to have to provide a specific date that you want to start receiving mail at your new address, too.


As a general rule it’s a good idea to try and get your address changed with the USPS at least two weeks before you expect to get mail at your new location. It’ll take anywhere between seven and 10 days (in general) for your change to be implemented through the post office, so two weeks gives you a bit of a buffer to guarantee that everything’s ready to go.


USPS privacy act statement during change of address

What About Temporary Changes?


If you aren’t going to be moving on a permanent basis (heading back to school, going on a business trip, or taking a vacation, for example) you can ask the USPS to put a hold on your mail rather than change your address completely.


The beautiful thing about this is that you can implement a hold instantly, without a lot of lead time necessary to get the process rolling. Holds can be implemented for as little as 15 days or as long as six months (with some having an opportunity to extend their hold up to one year) and the post office will hold onto your mail for the entirety of that duration.


The trouble with temporary holds, however, is that the post office is going to literally hold onto your mail rather than forward it to a new location for you. This is especially challenging for those that are going to be away from their home or business or an extended or indeterminate amount of time but still need access to their mail all the same.

A post office building with the american flag

How Do I File A Change of Address with the USPS


The easiest way to file a change of address with the USPS is to jump online.


All you have to do here is:

  1. Go to the official USPS website
  2. Click on the “Track ; Manage” button near the top of the screen
  3. Then go through the Change of Address on-screen prompts.

All the information you need to provide will be requested and you’ll be asked to pay a dollar to submit the changes in place.

Of course, you could also visit your local post office and request the PS Form 3575 from your local postal master. You’ll have to present a valid photo identification (like your drivers license) to move through this process though you will be able to get it done 100% free of charge if you go in this direction.

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Keep Your Confirmation Code!


Regardless of the approach you take to change your address you want to make sure that you keep the confirmation code you’ve been provided from the USPS close at hand.


This is going to help you confirm the changes are actually active but it also gives you an opportunity to change any of the critical details regarding your address change as necessary, too. Without this code everything becomes a lot harder.

Yellow sticky note saying "we're moving"

What’s Next?


After changing your address with the United States Postal Service comes the annoying step of having to change and update your mailing address with pretty much anyone and everyone you receive mail from.


This means contacting banks and credit unions, credit card companies, your friends, family members, and coworkers, governmental bodies and organizations, anyone you purchase magazines from, any website that you order products from, etc. – a list that can get really long, really fast.

Computer sending mail virtually to several contacts

There Has To Be An Easier Way, Right?


If you get dizzy just thinking about all the headache and hassle that updating everyone with your new address is (especially if you have to change your address on a semi regular basis) the odds are good you look for an easier way to simplify things as much as possible.


That’s where we here at US Global Mail come into play!


Helping more than 80,000 people with virtual mailbox solutions, it’s been our great pleasure to provide top to bottom private mail services to individuals that just aren’t interested in changing their mailing address every single time they make a change in their lives.


Providing customers with a physical street address and a virtual mailbox in a secure mail facility, there are a whole host of benefits that US Global Mail clients take advantage of when using our services, too.

Virtual mailbox displayed on a computer & smart phone screen

Almost instant notification (with digital photo verification) of all mail pieces and packages as they come in, check cashing, mail forwarding, and a whole host of other services the USPS cannot provide are included with every level of membership.


For more details contact us at US Global Mail or visit our website today!

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