The Complete Guide to Changing Your Address When You Move

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So you’ve just moved house and need to change your address? Congratulations on the new home! This guide will take you through all the steps necessary to change your address with various organizations and services. It can seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to help make it as smooth sailing as possible. Read on for our top tips on changing your address!

Change Your Address With This Checklist  

Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused? Here’s a change of address checklist to help make the transition easier for you and your family.

Change Of Address Checklist:  

Change Your Address With The United States Postal service  

The first thing you need to do is update your address with the United States Postal Service (USPS). You can do this easily online, and it will ensure that your mail gets forwarded to your new address.

-Go to the USPS website and select ‘Change Address.’

-Enter your old and new address information, as well as the date you would like your change of address to begin.

-You will need to provide some basic information about yourself, such as your name, date of birth, and social security number.

-You will also need to create a USPS account if you don’t already have one.

-Once you have completed all the required fields, submit your change of address request.

-You will need to pay a $1 fee to verify your identity.

-You will also have the option to sign up for Premium Forwarding Service, which costs an additional fee but forwards your mail to your new address for a specified period of time.

Update Your bank and credit card company  

Be sure your changing addresses with your bank and any credit card companies you have accounts with. You can usually do this easily online or over the phone.

-Log into your account on the website or call customer service for each company.

-Follow the prompts to update your address information.

Change Address With Your Loan providers  

If you have any outstanding loans, you will need to update your address information with the loan provider.

-Again, you can usually change your address online or over the phone.

-Log into your account on the website or call customer service for each company.

-Follow the prompts to update your address information.

Social Security Administration  

If you receive social security benefits, you will need to update your address with the Social Security Administration.

-You can do this online, by phone, or in person at your local Social Security office.

-To change your address online, log into your account on the Social Security website.

-Click on the ‘My Profile’ tab, then select ‘Personal Information.’

-Enter your new address and click ‘Update Address.’

-You can also change your address by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

-When you call, have your social security number handy and be prepared to verify your identity.

-If you prefer, you can also change your address in person at your local Social Security office.

Change Your Address With The Internal Revenue Service  

If you move, you need to update your address with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You can do this by filling out and mailing in the change of address form 8822, which is available on the IRS website.

-Enter your new address in the appropriate fields on Form 8822.

-Sign and date the form.

-Mail the form to the address listed on the form.

You should also update your address with your state tax agency. The process for changing your address will vary depending on the state, but you can usually do it online or by mail.

The federal government uses the U.S. Postal Service to mail tax documents, so changing your address with the postal service will update your address with the IRS.

You can also update your address with the IRS by:

-Calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

-Visiting your local IRS office.

-Sending a letter to the IRS with your new address.

Notify your employer that your changing addresses  

If you are employed, you will need to update your address with your employer. This is so that your employer can send your W-2 form to your new address at tax time.

-You can usually update your address information online through your employee portal.

-If you can’t update your address online, talk to your human resources department or your direct supervisor.

-They will be able to update your address in the system and ensure that your W-2 form is sent to the correct address.

Give your utility companies the new address  

Be sure to update your address with any utility companies that you have service with. This way, you’ll continue to receive service at your new home without any interruption.

Gas and electric companies  

-You can usually update your address online or over the phone.

-Log into your account on the website or call customer service for each company.

-Follow the prompts to update your address information.

Water and sewer companies

-The process for changing your address will vary depending on the company.

-Some companies may require you to fill out a change of address form, while others may allow you to update your information online.

-Call customer service for each company to find out what you need to do to change your address.

Trash and recycling companies   

-Again, the process for changing your address will vary depending on the company.

-Some companies may require you to fill out a change of address form, while others may allow you to update your information online.

-Call customer service for each company to find out what you need to do to change your address.

Cable and internet providers   

-You will need to update your address with your cable and internet providers so that your service can be transferred to your new home.

-Most companies will allow you to update your address information online or over the phone.

-Log into your account on the website or call customer service for each company.

-Follow the prompts to update your address information.

Update your address with your insurance company

If you have any type of insurance – health, auto, home, etc. – you will need to update your address information with your insurance company.

-You can usually update your address online or over the phone.

-Log into your account on the website or call customer service for each company.

-Follow the prompts to update your address information.

Other utility companies  

If you need to notify utilities in the home you will need to notify water service companies, sewer companies, and garbage/recyclers. Your realtor, property managers and landlords will tell your clients about the utilities you’ll need and available property types. After having that information it is normally possible to begin services, terminate services and change addresses if necessary.

Change your address with the DMV   

You’ll need to update the address on your driver’s license, registration, and title. This can usually be done online or in person.

-To update your address online, visit the website for your state’s DMV.

-There will be a section on changing your address.

-Follow the prompts to update your information.

-If you need to update your address in person, you will need to visit your local DMV office with proof of your new address.

-Acceptable proof of address includes a lease agreement, utility bill, or bank statement.

-You will also need to bring your current driver’s license, registration, and title.

-The DMV office will update your address information and issue you new documents with your new address.

Update your voter registration information  

If you need to update your voter registration information, you can usually do so online or in person.

-To update your address online, visit the website for your state’s election office.

-There will be a section on changing your address.

-Follow the prompts to update your information.

-If you need to update your address in person, you will need to visit your local election office.

-You will need to fill out a new voter registration form with your new address.

-You may also be required to provide proof of your new address, such as a lease agreement, utility bill, or bank statement.

Change your address with insurance companies   

If you have any insurance policies, be sure to update your address with the company. This way, you’ll continue to receive coverage without any lapse in service.

Insurance providers  

Inform the agencies that offer you health insurance. You could do it on the internet, although you could contact the customer service department at your local office.

Be sure to change your address for your auto, life, and homeowners insurance as well. Many insurance companies offer online services that make changing your address easy.

You can also contact your agent directly to update your information.

Homeowners or renters insurance  

If you’re moving, changing your address with your homeowners or renters insurance company is a must.

Your policy needs to reflect your new address in order for it to be valid.

If you don’t update your address, you could be denied coverage or have to pay more for your premium.

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Change your address with subscription services   

If you have any subscriptions, such as magazines or newspapers, be sure to update your address so that you can continue to receive your favorite publications.

Online shopping sites  

Make a list of all the online shops you visit most often and take a few minutes to go and update your address to the other. The shipping information is easily viewed on sites like eBay, Amazon or eBay, and if you don’t change your address immediately it can happen to you that you forgot to update it when you buy the item.

Friends and family  

Do not forget the important group!  After changing your address, you must inform your friends and family so that they know where to find you.

You can update your address on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. You can also send out change of address cards to your loved ones.

People and animal care  

Do not forget to update your address with the following people and organizations:

-Your doctor

-Your dentist

-Your veterinarian

-Your child’s school

Tell me the best way to change your address?  

Depending upon the company or agency you work with, it may be necessary for you to change your address. When you think about changing address the people you want to talk to will be overwhelming. Having proper paperwork and information can be helpful in smoother transitions. While you may not need everything on this list, here are a few things you may need.

When should I change my address?  

You should notify any relevant authorities of your move a few days before or on the day of the relocation. It doesn’t take long to notify the authorities of the updated addresses. Changing address early should help make your move easier. Use these lists in the event you do not contact your company on time to prevent service interruptions.

Who to notify when you move homes or apartments?  

-The Post Office: You will need to complete a change of address form which will update your records for both your old and new addresses. The post office will then forward your mail to the new address.

-Your Employer: You may need to update your address for payroll or other important documents.

-Banks and Financial Institutions: changing your address with your bank is important so you can continue receiving account statements and other important correspondence.

-Other Accounts: You will need to update your address for any recurring payments or automatic withdrawals you have set up. This includes utilities, phone, internet, and cable services.

-Your Landlord or Property Manager: If you are renting, you will need to update your address so they can send you important information or documents.

-Subscriptions and Memberships: You will need to update your address for any magazines, newspapers, or clubs you belong to.

-Friends and Family: Be sure to let your loved ones know your new address so they can stay in touch.

-The DMV: You will need to update your address on your driver’s license, registration, and title.

-Your Insurance Provider: changing your address with your insurance company is important so they can send you important documents and information.

-Other Organizations: There are many other organizations you may need to update your address for such as the library, your gym, or your church.

What do I need to change my address?  

-A government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or state ID card.

-Proof of residency at your new address such as a lease agreement, utility bill, or mortgage statement.

-Your current address and the address you are changing to.

-Any other relevant information the company or agency may need.

Final Thoughts  Moving can be a stressful time, but changing your address doesn’t have to be. By following the steps in this guide, you can change your address with ease. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to notify all the necessary people and organizations of your move. And don’t forget to update your friends and family on your new address so they can stay in touch.