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How to Stop USPS Mail Forwarding

As you probably know, the USPS (United States Postal Service) mail forwarding service is there to forward post from one address to another one.

 

It’s useful for those who are moving house and will, therefore, need their mail delivered to their new address. Some people even use it if they go on holiday (maybe that once in a lifetime kind of trip) and want to redirect their mail for a short time!

 

The service costs just $1 (for verification purposes only), whether you need it temporarily or require a permanent USPS change of address. All you have to do is complete the Official USPS Change of Address Online and you’re good to go.

 

Alternatively, if you fancy popping down to your nearest post office, you can fill it out there. Let’s have a brief gander at how this is done, shall we?

 

Once you arrive at your local post office, you should ask for a Mover’s Guide packet. Inside this, you will notice there is a form called the PS Form 3575. All you need to do is fill this out and hand it to the person behind the desk. If you need help, they are more than happy to give you a hand!

 

Oh, and make sure to bring two government-approved identification documents with you as well. You can find the specifics in the “How to Cancel Mail Forwarding” section later on.

 

After that, it’s just a matter of time. Within 5 working days, you should receive a confirmation letter at your new address. How cool is that?

 

Having said all of this, the online method is a lot quicker!

 

Online, you will be asked to enter your old address, new address, start and end (if applicable) date for mail forwarding, personal information, moving type and various other bits and pieces. Don’t stress, it is all very simple, easy to follow, and it’s likely you will already know the answers off the top of your head.

 

After you have submitted the Official USPS Change of Address Form, check your emails. You should find a message waiting for you which contains your confirmation code. This is vitally important! Why? Because you will need this to cancel, edit and even just view your USPS change of address status. Keeping it safe allows you to change your phone number, email address, mail forwarding date, notification preferences and your moving status.

 

Don’t forget to check that your mailing list is up to date after you have done this. Make sure to let your banks, credit card companies, friends, family, any subscriptions (magazines, boxes, food services) and business partners (only if you have moved offices) know that you have changed your address. This will ensure you get your mail delivered to you and not sent back to the post office — which is a lengthy process otherwise.

 

Right, we know that you want to get onto how to stop USPS mail forwarding. But please bear with us for a few moments because changing your address in the first place might not be that simple. In fact, there is more than one type of change of address form (which we haven’t talked about yet). Therefore, we don’t want to move on without telling you this. So, without any more chit-chat, let’s get on with it.

 

What USPS Mail Forwarding Form Do I Need in The First Place?

 

There are three main types to choose from. Namely, business, individual, and family. There are plenty of online sites that highlight all the differences between them. However, since you may not have come here for only this, we will make sure to keep it brief.

 

The individual form is used when it is just you moving or there are numerous people who are moving to different places (like when college roommates disperse and do their own thing). Even if you live with your siblings and you all have the same last name, if you aren’t going to be living together anymore, you need to fill out the individual form type.

 

The family form is used when everyone in the same house has the same last name and each person are going to be living at the same new address. It is super easy and saves a bunch of time.

 

Yep, you guessed it. Businesses must use the business change of address form. This can only be done by someone who has the authority to forward mail for your company (if it’s your enterprise, you can do it, of course). Using this service, it is extremely simple to ensure all of your parcels, packages, and letters are sent to your new address in a timely manner.

 

You should note here though that it can take anywhere between 7 and 10 working days for the United States Postal Service to process your request. So, you need to ensure you complete the relevant form in good time if you want your mail to start arriving at your new place on move-in day.

 

How Long Does It Last? Two Seconds? Eternity?

 

Your mail forwarding request won’t last forever. To be honest, a lot of people don’t know this so if it was obvious to you, it isn’t to many mail receivers out there.

 

Clearly, you can stop mail forwarding whenever you like (hence why we have written this article in the first place). But if you just leave it alone, your mail forwarding will expire after 12 months. By then, you should have updated your USPS account with your new permanent address anyway.

 

Bear in mind that any subscriptions you have will only be forwarded for 60 days (approximately 2 months). To make sure they end up in your hands after this period, change your address directly with the company before the expiry date.

 

Moreover, sending a mail forwarding request with USPS is fantastic but this doesn’t actually correlate with any alumni associations, credit cards, airline loyalty schemes, or bank accounts that you may have. For this, you must update your address separately with each organization.

 

Okay, moving on. We have gone over the whole USPS mail forwarding change of address form and other related bits and pieces, but what happens if you don’t need the service any more or you are no longer going on that trip of a lifetime? Don’t worry, you can cancel USPS mail forwarding whenever you need to.

 

Here’s how to stop mail forwarding with the United States Postal Service.

 

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How to Cancel USPS Mail Forwarding

 

Before we get onto the online method (which, yes, is incredibly quick), let’s look at how to stop mail forwarding in person.

 

To begin with, you need to walk into the post office (we know, shocker, right?). Then, it is almost the same as going in to change your mailing address — incredibly straightforward. Plus, if you get stuck, someone is around to help you (unlike with the online option). But, you will need to take two forms of government-approved identification with you, so jot that down on a post-it note before you head off!

 

So, what classes as government-approved ID, we hear you ask? Well, we are about to shed some light on that potentially confusing matter.

 

Your first form of identification needs to display a picture of you. This can be any of the following:

 

 

Your second one must verify the address that you have given to the United States Postal Service. You can bring any of the following documents:

 

 

Anyway, without further ado, the part you have all been waiting for!

 

USPS mail forwarding cancellation form

The First Step: Change of Address Form

 

The first thing you need to do is go to the USPS official website.

 

Once it has loaded, take a look at the top menu and hover over “Track & Manage”.

 

From here, select the option called “Change of Address”. At this point, the website will take you to the change of address form.

 

Now, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. You will see a line that says “Have you already changed your address? View or Edit”. Clicking on this will take you to a different page.

 

Then comes step two!

 

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The Second Step: Confirmation

 

Here, you will have to type in your new zip code and the confirmation code. You should have been given one of these in the email sent after you initially applied for the online change of address.

 

Alternatively, it would have arrived in the mail at your specified new address. This will only happen if you applied for the change of address at your local post office.

 

Once you have entered your new zip code and confirmation code, just hit the submit button.

 

For those of you who have misplaced your confirmation number or lost it among numerous piles of paperwork, there is something you can do to rectify it.

 

You will have to make a trip to the US post office to tell them you aren’t able to process the cancellation online. They will ask you to confirm your identity (for security purposes, of course). Then, you will fill in a form. Don’t worry, the process isn’t any harder than doing it online! Just takes a bit more time.

 

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The Third Step: Choose an Option

 

At this stage, you will be given a few options to choose from. These include links to:

 

  • change the mail forwarding start and end date
  • change your email address or phone number
  • toggle between moving or not moving
  • cancel your mail forwarding completely

 

Bear in mind that your name and address can’t be amended from this page. So, if these do need to be changed, you will have to cancel your change of address order and start again.

 

Remember that only two amendments can be made a day so don’t waste them! On the other hand, cancellations are available at any time (thankfully) so you are in luck.

 

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The Bottom Line

 

As you have most likely gathered by now, your confirmation code is pretty crucial when trying to stop your USPS mail forwarding service. Losing it just elongates the process so just keep it safe and you will have stopped the forwarding service in no time.

 

Do You Want An Easier Alternative?

 

For a more effective way to control your mail (instead of activating and cancelling every time you move somewhere new or decide to take a vacation around the world), you should apply for a virtual mailbox service.

 

This will allow you to forward mail anywhere, whenever you feel like it. All your mail sits in a digital app for your convenience. No matter where you are in the world, you have full control of it.

 

Basically, a street address with an actual mailbox is assigned to your online account. As new mail filters in, it is scanned and immediately uploaded to your corresponding online box. It does not get any easier than this. You are even notified when new items are put into your virtual mailbox — all you need is your secure login details to access it.

 

The coolest feature is the images of your envelopes and packages displayed in the app! You just let us know which to open and scan and which to combine and ship. Alternatively, you request that the experienced mail handlers shred your mail so your identity (along with your bank accounts) are kept safe and secure. But, it’s all up to you. Essentially, your wish is their command.

 

You will never have to fret about filling out a change of address form or activating mail forwarding ever again. What a stress-free, no-headache life you’ll be leading!

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How Can I Forward Postal Mail To Someone

Here at US Global Mail, it is our intention to make sure we address every single question you may have, when it comes to mail forwarding and mail scanning. As part of that effort, today we will be discussing a very common question you have been asking us surrounding how to forward mail to another address.

 

In order to do this however, you will need to realize the different reasons you would want to forward a letter to someone (or yourself). But before we get into all of that, let’s take a look at the problems that can arise if you do not forward postal mail to the correct person (whether that be you or someone else.)

 

You Might Pay Their Bills Late

 

A survey was conducted a few years ago on 2,000 homeowners relating to the problems they had when they forgot to change their mailing address. While this was performed in the United Kingdom, it is clear that these issues related to the United States of America as well.

 

It was unfortunate really just how many of these people were late paying their bills because they forgot to fill out a change of address form. We don’t need to tell you how disastrous the consequences of this could be. Yup, it’s not fun.

 

You Might Become a Victim of Identity Theft

 

To be completely honest with you, this one pretty much ties in with our mailbox burglary point below. However, it can be so damaging that we felt we should give identify theft its own section.

 

Typically, if someone is stealing your mail to take your identity, they are going to be smart about it. They might grab a piece here and there over a long period of time until they have all the information they require. Having said this, some might take letters from loads of different people throughout a couple of weeks after carefully planning a zip code-wide scheme. It really does depend.

 

The main question remains though; why do people steal identities? Truthfully, it all boils down to one thing: money. Thieves believe that identity theft is a pretty risk-free way of getting their hands on some cash quickly. Of course, swiping your mail isn’t necessarily the only way they can take your information. Generally, they tend to be charming, sweet, and friendly — this is a ruse to let your guard down. But just remember that they may not be innately evil people. We’re not trying to say that they are. However, it is very likely that their actions will cause you (and even your family) some serious problems.

 

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You Might Become a Victim of Mailbox Burglary (This Could Be Worse Than You Think)

 

Mailbox burglary is a real and devastating act to be a victim of (even though it may not seem like it at the moment). However, when you dig down to the bare bones of the documents and packages that people have sent via mail, the effects of someone stealing them can be awful.

 

So, what might they take from your previous mailbox if you forget to complete the United States Postal Service’s change of address form? Let’s have a gander at some of the articles that we know have been swiped from people:

 

  • Birthday presents sent from family members who live overseas
  • Tax returns
  • Legal business documentation
  • Cheques
  • Pay slips
  • Invoices (for services like building work, renovations, and more)
  • Cash (yes, it isn’t wise to send paper money in the post but some people still do)
  • Family member’s ashes (this is quite a morbid one but it has happened in the past)
  • New phones, tablets, and computers
  • Utility bills (causing you to pay your bills incredibly late)
  • Items you’ve purchased online
  • Mortgage agreements
  • Rental agreements
  • Contracts (whether related to your business or your home)
  • And so much more.

 

See? It can be truly heartbreaking and soul-crushing because it isn’t just you these people are destroying; it’s those you might owe money too as well.

 

Thankfully though, there are some steps you can take to eliminate this horrible worldwide mail burglary issue. Before we get onto the brass tacks of this article, we want to divulge these secrets. Ready? Excellent.

 

If you know that you haven’t changed your address yet, you must do it right now. All you have to do is go to the USPS website, enter your information, and away you go! Alternatively, you can head into your local post office and ask for a Mover’s Guide Pack. Inside this, you will find a PS Form 3575 which you need to fill out and hand it to the worker behind the counter or put it in the mail slot inside the office.

 

However, there may be a reason why you can’t change it right now, so, what can you do? We are about to tell you!

 

  1. Make sure you ask a trusted person near your previous location to pick up any mail that might be there. This will stop unwanted personnel from getting their mucky paws all over your precious documents.
  2. Put people off sending you cash so no one can steal it before you receive the envelope.
  3. If you can, try to visit your previous place as soon as the mail has been delivered.

 

Okay, now that we are certain you know how to prevent these issues, we will crack on with why you’re all here — to find out why you may need to forward postal mail, and how to do it.

 

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Wrong Destination

 

It is no secret to anyone that when it comes to forwarding mail, the USPS occasionally drops the ball. After all, who could blame them? There are over 150 million addresses in the US that receive mail, and at some point, there has to be some kind of mis-delivery. It is statistically impossible for the contrary to happen.

 

Although it’s a large market, the USPS has indeed been seeing a decline in the quality of the service. There are several reasons as to why that is happening including federal employee shortages, zip code politics, and more.

 

The bottom line is, however, at some point, we all get “Mr. Baker’s” mail or our mail is sent accidentally to “Mr. Baker.”

 

Which raises the question; what can you do?

 

Most likely, there will be some issue in the address of that envelope. It is so easy to misplace a zip code digit or address the wrong state. For example, there is the city of Columbia in South Carolina, and the city of Columbia in Maryland. If there is some kind of a mistake at the mail processing center that the USPS has, it could easily be sent north or south.

 

The best option available in such cases, is speaking with a USPS representative. Call your local Post Office and follow their instructions on how to handle this. The most likely scenario will be that they hold that mail until it is claimed by the person it was intended to be sent to. Such unclaimed mail can be found in the USPS Mail Recovery centers.

 

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Change Forwarding Address

 

People move in life, and probably you have moved at some point if your life too. But not only does your physical address need to change in that process, but also your mailing address.

 

Unless you fill out a change of address form and submit it to the USPS, you will still get mail to your old location. The good news is, a change of address is the least bureaucratic process the federal government has in place.

 

Below we will be explaining how to forward snail mail.

 

Some important things to know are that you can have a temporary change of address (15 days to 1 year) and a permanent change of address. You will also want to make sure that you complete this process directly with the USPS, instead of using third party services. Doing a change of address will only cost you $1 for verification purposes, while completing an address change with a third-party service would cost you anywhere from $50 -$100 (and they would be submitting the information on your behalf).

 

To have the USPS forward mail to a new address, make sure to complete the change of address online or offline by visiting your local branch. Regardless of which option you choose, you will need 2 forms of ID with you. Of course, these need to be accepted by your state and the American government. One should be a photo ID and it’s necessary that the other one shows your new address. For example, you could bring in your driver’s license and a utility bill, or your military identification card and your rental or mortgage agreement. There are lots of options.

 

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Roommate/Family Moves Out

 

When a family member or roommate decides to move out, it is very possible that you will continue to receive their mail either on an ordinary basis or more rarely. If the former keeps happening, most likely they never completed or did not fully complete the USPS change of address process.

 

The good news is, you can have them do so, or if it’s a really close family member, you can do this for them.

 

If it is something a bit rarer, then it is possible that the USPS goofed. Again, they handle over 150 million addresses, and it is reasonable to expect that, at some point, they would miss a few pieces here and there.

 

To forward a letter sent to the wrong address, simply cross out the address on the envelope and rewrite the new address in black letters. Then simply place it into the mailbox and your mail carrier will take it from there.

 

Another option would be for you to reach out to the sender and notify them that your friend or family member has recently moved. You can write up a letter and send it to their address, or even call them and coordinate it with your former roommate.

 

Roommate changing address

What You Can Do To Forward Postal Mail To The Right Recipient

 

Sometimes, when you get mail that belongs to someone else, it can just be a matter of a wrong zip code in the nearby area or even another home within your neighborhood. Depending on how far that individual is, you may want to consider actually dropping the envelope at their home. This will help you explain to them any regular mail you are getting from them, and any potential change of address that was not completed from them that they need to handle. If you would rather simply drop the envelope in their mailbox, that is an option as well. It is perfectly legal to open someone’s mailbox, just as long as it is not a locked mailbox.

 

When you get someone’s mail, many times it will be quite a few zip codes off; a wrong digit can set you hundreds of miles away. And to be honest, most of the wrong mail you get, will belong to another location very far from where you are. Whatever you do, do not throw away the envelope. Instead, just write a note (e.g. wrong address) and place it in your mailbox or the outgoing box. When the mailman comes in the next day, they will be able to take it and get it delivered to the right side of town.

 

Something to keep in mind when writing out the note is that you shouldn’t write it directly on the envelope and deface someone else’s mail. If you do so, you may ruin the recipient’s mail. The best option to adding a note, is to add it on the envelope with a paper clip.

 

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A Virtual Mailbox Alternative

 

You must be wondering; is there a better way?

 

And actually, there is! Plus, it is far simpler than you might be imagining right now.

 

For some reason, our phones have gone wireless, our cars no longer drive with a stick (in fact, some even park themselves!), we are able to shop online instead of relying on offline commerce and we trust our financial information on a banking app.

 

Yet we still keep receiving mail the old-fashioned way. Admittedly, e-mail was not capable of replacing paper mail entirely. But there is no real need for getting any piece of mail in your physical mailbox anymore, especially considering that 95% of it is junk mail anyway.

 

In the past 10 years, more and more people are switching to a virtual mailbox alternative. The convenience of accessing your mail from the comfort of your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a click of a button, seems very appealing. Although, we should mention that you don’t need to actually be at home to access your letters — you can be sitting on a beach in the Seychelles and still look at what’s coming in!

 

Additionally, mail forwarding can be reliably handled, because it is all accessed online. So, whether your roommate moves, or you need to move, nobody would need to follow through with the bureaucratic change of address procedures.

 

Getting all your mail online is also an excellent way to prevent mail theft which is raising plague in this country and the leading cause for identify theft. All mail is encrypted, making online cloud storage (via the secure AWS cloud) the safest alternative to vulnerable residential mailboxes.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and find freedom with online mailboxes.

 

Oh, we forgot something! The best part is that virtual mailboxes are half the price of a physical mailbox.

 

For any questions, you can contact us here. We are always happy to help you out with your concerns and queries so we can find the best service that suits you!

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How To Change Your Mailing Address With The USPS

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!

 

Let’s dive right in.

 

USPS truck delivering mail

 

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.

 

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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. You will get an e-mail update once the change has been made.

 

All you have to do here is:

 

  • Go to the official USPS website
  • Click on the “Track and Manage” button near the top of the screen
  • Then go through the Change of Address on-screen prompts. All the information you need to provide will be requested. You will be asked to pay $1.05 in order to change your address online. This charge is not a billing fee, but rather just a verification charge to ensure that identity and credit card theft are avoided.
  • Of course, you could also visit your local post office and request the PS Form 3575from 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.

 

Keep in mind that you do not need to pay a third party company, in order to complete your change of address. If you search online in order to complete the change of address, you will see several advertisements of companies that try and help you get that step completed. You can avoid them, and work directly with the USPS itself. These third party companies will submit the exact same information you would be required to send to the USPS. So why pay the extra fee?

 

So, now that you know how to change permanent address, shall we move on? We think so.

 

The easiest way to file a change of address with the USPS is to jump online. You will get an e-mail update once the change has been made.

 

All you have to do here is:

 

  • Go to the official USPS website
  • Click on the “Track and Manage” button near the top of the screen
  • Then go through the Change of Address on-screen prompts. All the information you need to provide will be requested. You will be asked to pay $1.05 in order to change your address online. This charge is not a billing fee, but rather just a verification charge to ensure that identity and credit card theft are avoided.
  • 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.

 

Keep in mind that you do not need to pay a third party company, in order to complete your change of address. If you search online in order to complete the change of address, you will see several advertisements of companies that try and help you get that step completed. You can avoid them, and work directly with the USPS itself. These third party companies will submit the exact same information you would be required to send to the USPS. So why pay the extra fee?

 

So, now that you know how to change permanent address, shall we move on? We think so.

 

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What Do I Need for Change of Address?

 

If you are looking to change your address online (and ideally you should be, it is a lot quicker), then you need to visit the “move” section of the USPS website.

 

You will only need to fill out a form here, so to be honest, when you update your mailing address in this way, you don’t really need anything. Although, you should know the following information:

 

  • Whether you are an individual, family, or a business
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Last name
  • Suffix
  • Email address (so the United States Postal Service can send you a confirmation email when your switch mailing address request goes through)
  • Phone number
  • Phone type (you get to choose from the following options: mobile and home)
  • The type of move (pick from change permanent address and temporary move)
  • When you want this to take effect
  • Your old address (including zip code, city, state, street, and number)
  • Your new address (again, you will need to know your zip code, city, state, street, and number)
  • Payment information (including the name on your bank card, the card’s number, security code, and the bank’s name)

 

Yes, you will need to supply your payment information. Why? Well, as you may remember, we talked about exactly how to change your address for mail earlier. During these steps, we said that you will have to pay a minor fee to do it (we know, unfortunately, this service is not free!).

 

Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you can’t remember that, as we’re going to discuss the cost of changing your address now! Ready? Excellent, let’s get to the details.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Change Address?

 

As we briefly mentioned, when you change your home address online with the United States Postal Service, there will be a small $1.05 charge. Don’t worry, you are not paying for irrelevant, unnecessary processing fees. Instead, you are paying a verification fee. What does this mean? Well, it ensures that you aren’t participating in fraudulent activity. Plus, it proves that you are the one changing your address when you move (or going elsewhere for a while), not someone else.

 

Before we carry on, there is another thing we need to tell you about. Yes, it is to do with money.

 

We have seen a few people get super frazzled when they are trying to figure out what to do when changing their address. And this is when scam companies try to get involved to “help”. Let us just tell you that these guys are not helping you. Instead, you will be splashing the cash (generally around 4 times more than doing it yourself) for a third-party to do a pretty simple process for you. Do not be fooled!

 

What Is the Mover’s Guide Online?

 

While you can just crack on and fill in the change of address form on the United States Postal Service website, you can also download the Mover’s Guide too. Basically, it is a PS Form 3575 (a change of address request form, in other words), a step-by-step guide on how to complete the form, and coupons that give discounts on items that will make moving and settling in a breeze. Oh, and you can have them texted to you so you will be able to use them right away.

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.

 

If you need to change or cancel your request for the change of address, you will need that confirmation number. That number can be found on the letter or e-mail you received when you made the initial request. To view, update or cancel your request, click here. 

 

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Other Government Agencies That Can Change Your Address

 

The USPS is a government agency, in perfect communication and cooperation with other agencies of the government. If you want to complete your change of address, there are a series of other agencies you can work through in order to complete that change.

IRS: If you will be expecting a tax refund, contact the IRS for your change of address. If you write the new address in the appropriate boxes in your tax return, you will be able to change the address.

 

Social Security Administration. Complete your change of address online, using your social security account. This applies if you get social security retirement, survivors or disability benefits. If you are enrolled in Medicare, you can also use your social security account to change your address. If you do not receive social security benefits or Medicare or if you would rather speak to someone on the phone, you can contact them here. 

 

Department of Veteran’s Affairs. If you are a veteran who receives benefits or you want to keep your records up to date, you can contact the VA here.

 

US Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you are not a US citizen who is required to change their address, contact USCIS within 10 days of your move.

 

State Motor Vehicle Agencies. Contact your local state DMV agency in order to change your address on the driver’s license or motor vehicle registration.

 

State Election Offices. If you need to change your address on the voter registration record, you may need to contact your state election office.

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Forward or Hold Your Mail

 

If you will be out of town for a short period of time or are heading out of town, you can request the USPS forwards mail to your new address or simply hold it at your local post office for a limited time.

 

Forward your mail. In order to get started with this, you will be required to fill out an official change of address form. That will cover the question of the type of move you require (at which point you can express interest in having them forward your mail)

 

Hold your mail. If you plan on being away for three to thirty days, the USPS can hold your mail at your local post office. Usually you can request this up to 30 days in advance, or as late as the day before you want the hold to start.

 

You can start by signing into your USPS account. Not all addresses are eligible for “hold mail” so you can easily check that out online. Keep in mind that the USPS has added an extra one time security measure for online hold mail requests. You will need to verify your identity online through a mobile phone password or request an identity verification that can be completed online. If for whatever reason, you are not able to complete the verification online, you can still get that done at your local post office.

 

So, After All That, What’s the Best Way to Change Your Address?

 

Okay, we have talked about so much today that it might be hard for you to keep up. We get it. By now, you are definitely wanting to know how to change your postal address the best way. Our opinion is probably very obvious, considering we have been going on about it for so long. The best way, by far, is to do it online. Why? We will tell you:

 

  • It is incredibly
  • You can do it from the comfort of your own home (and who doesn’t want that?).
  • The form is intuitively laid out and easy to follow.
  • All the questions are simple and are understandable.
  • Your data is kept super safe and secure.
  • You won’t have to take 2 forms of government approved identification to the post office with you. For some of you, that could save a lot of time since you won’t have to dig around for a driver’s license and a utility bill, or a federal or state-recognized tribal ID card and a mortgage agreement.
  • It is a great way for busy professionals to whizz their change of address request in without having to leave the office
  • It allows frequent travelers to change their address on the fly

 

Cool, But Is My Information Actually Safe and Secure?

 

The United States Postal Service has always held everyone’s data in the highest regard — as it should be, right? In fact, they use multiple methods to prevent customer data from being leaked or becoming available to the outside world. Plus, their technologies help them protect you guys against fraudulent change of address requests too.

 

Let us take a deep dive into the methods they use:

  • Encryption tech that ensures their server is unbelievably secure
  • Credit or debit card address verification
  • You can use a third address for validation when you send in your online change of address request. You need to make sure that your new address isn’t required until at least a week afterward to ensure your validation letter can reach your previous address in time.

 

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.

 

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Okay, What Happens If You Forget?

 

We don’t want to scare you, of course, but forgetting to change your mailing address can cause multiple problems. This can include everything from full identity theft thanks to the wrong people getting their hands on your important documents to you not paying your bills (which would lead to an insane amount of late charges).

 

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.

 

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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!