How to File a Change of Mailing Address in WA

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File a Change of Mailing Address in WA

The process of moving is equal parts exciting and stressful. The number of things that must be done can add up quickly. It's easy to forget a small but extremely important task that must be done before you vacate your former residence permanently — that is, to change your mailing address.

The process of changing your mailing address through USPS can be frustrating and confusing, mainly because most of us only go through the process a few times in our lives. As a result, if the last time you changed addresses was 20 years ago, then you will learn that the process is different now. DoNotPay can make the process of easy and with just a few easy steps. Let's take a look at how DoNotPay can help you with this small but important task if you are planning to move.

Do You Have a Deadline to Get Your Mailing Address Changed?

As a rule, you aren't required to file a change of address when you move. Technically, you would only need to notify those that you want to know that you have moved. However, this isn't the best option since there is a chance that you may forget someone and not receive your mail without a .

Therefore, the best option is to file a change of address with the USPS. The USPS suggests that you submit a change of address form at least two weeks before you move. The change of address will be in effect for the next 12 months. In most states, you must notify the DMV of an address change within 30 days of the move.

In addition, USPS will send a Move Validation Letter to validate the move. Within five postal business days before the change of address start date, you will also receive a Customer Notification Letter or a Welcome Kit in the mail at your new address. The Welcome Kit includes:

  1. A community guide filled with information
  2. Special offers
  3. Coupons related to your new address

How Much Does It Cost to File a Change of Address?

The table below provides a breakdown of the costs to expect while filing a change of address in WA.

Direct CostThere is no cost to file a change of address with the USPS.
Filling Out the Form OnlineIf you fill out the change of address form online, you'll be charged a one-time fee of $1.05.
Paying for ID verificationYou can visit your local USPS to file for free in the office, or you can choose to fill it out online and pay the $1.10 fee for ID verification.

How to Change Your Mailing Address in Washington on Your Own

According to the USPS website, you can expect the process to take seven to ten days. Once you start receiving mail at your new address, the change of address will stay in effect at your old address for 12 months for first-class and priority mail express. As you can see, the process of changing your mailing address can be a bit tedious.

You may speed up and simplify the process by telling everyone who sends you mail of your new address and moving date two weeks before your relocation.

Change Your Mailing Address in Washington With the Help of DoNotPay

DoNotPay can help streamline the process of changing your mailing address in Washington. If you want to file a change of address but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 5 easy steps:

1. Tell us the new address and when you want to start forwarding your mail.

2. Tell us who is moving (is it just you, your family, or your business).

3. Select whether it's a temporary move or permanent.

4. Add the option to extend your mail forwarding period beyond 12 months (you can get your mail delivered from your old address for up to 2.5 years).

5. And that's it! DoNotPay will take care of the rest on your behalf. You should receive a confirmation email from USPS after your request is completed.

DoNotPay Works Across Many Different Companies

And there’s so much more you can do with the app. In addition to helping you change your mailing address, DoNotPay can also help with:

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DoNotPay can help with many of life's challenges, including:

  • Stalking and harassment
  • Reduce property taxes
  • Neighbor complaints
  • Insurance claims

Moving to a new home is one of the most exciting and stressful times in our lives. Let DoNotPay make the transition easier by helping you get your mailing address changed in Washington.

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