File a USPS Change of Address Request In 5 Easy Steps
When it's time to move into a new home or relocate your business, there are several tasks on your to-do list in the weeks leading up to your moving date. While this time is exciting, it's also incredibly hectic with boxes to pack, moving arrangements to plan, and much more. In the midst of all your moving duties, it can be easy to forget one particular task — updating your mailing address with the post office.
Submitting a USPS change of address form is an important detail that you don't want to miss. If you forget to do it, you run the risk of missing time-sensitive notices and letters in the mail. Realizing this mistake too late can lead to pieces of mail getting lost altogether, or otherwise taking weeks or even months to find their way to your new address. Fortunately, if you forget to update your address before your move, there's a quicker way to complete the process with DoNotPay's easy-to-use app.
How Soon Do You Need to Submit a Change of Address with USPS?
Ideally, when you're planning for a move, you want to submit your change of address to the post office one or two weeks before your moving date, since the processing time to complete the request may take up to two weeks. To avoid any delays in receiving your mail, updating your mailing address early is the best way to go.
However, changing your address with the post office is an easy-to-miss task during the busy weeks leading up to your move. If you forget to file an address change with USPS ahead of time, you can still update your information after you move. You'll want to do this as soon as you can to begin receiving your forwarded mail at your new address as quickly as possible. Filing your address change through the DoNotPay app is a convenient option when you're in a pinch, as you can cut down the waiting time to as little as seven days.
How Much Does It Cost to File a USPS Change of Address?
If you visit your local post office to request a change of address, you should not be charged anything. However, if you choose to complete the online form to request an address change through USPS, you will need to pay a $1.10 fee to verify your identity. This fee only applies to requesting an address change online, and it will need to be paid with a debit or credit card.
After your mailing address has been successfully changed, most mail forwarding services do not come at an extra cost. First-Class or Priority Mail and packages, including Priority Mail Express, will be forwarded to your new address for free. If you have any Media Mail or Retail Ground packages that will need to be forwarded to a temporary address, you may be responsible for covering the shipping cost from the post office to the new address.
How Do I Update My Mailing Address with USPS on My Own?
In order to request an address change directly through USPS, you have two options to choose from. You may either visit your local post office to fill out a form in person, or you can complete the process through the online request form on USPS's website.
Request a Change of Address at the Post Office
- Visit your local USPS location.
- Speak with a USPS representative and ask for a copy of the Mover's Guide.
- Inside the Mover's Guide, find a form titled PS Form 3575.
- Fill out the form with your information, including your name, contact info, previous address, and your new address.
- Return the completed form to the postal worker when you're completed. You should begin receiving your forwarded mail at the new address within two weeks.
Submit the Address Change Online
- Navigate to the USPS website.
- Select temporary or permanent status for the nature of your address change. Temporary changes of address are meant for forwarding mail in a period of over 15 days and up to one year. If you will no longer be returning to your old address, or if the change of address will last for longer than one year, you may select a permanent change of address.
- Place a debit or credit card on file and pay the $1.10 identity verification fee.
- Fill in the form with your information, including your name and contact info, the old address, and the new address you will be moving to.
- Send the request and keep an eye out for the next two weeks for your forwarded mail at your new address.
How to Change Your Mailing Address with the Help of DoNotPay
You don't need to spend your time hunting down the proper forms or making a special trip to the post office. If you want to file a change of address but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 5 easy steps:
- Tell us the new address and when you want to start forwarding your mail.
- Tell us who is moving (is it just you, your family, or your business).
- Select whether it's a temporary move or permanent.
- 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)
- 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.
Why Use DoNotPay to Handle a Change of Address?
DoNotPay can simplify your address change, making it possible to submit your request within a matter of minutes right from your phone or computer. Using the DoNotPay is:
|Fast||You can complete your request within minutes.|
|Easy||Our Stress-free process can be completed without needing to visit the post office.|
|Successful||You'll get a confirmation of your address change immediately, and your mail will start arriving at your new address in as few as seven days.|
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Submitting a USPS change of address isn't the only thing that you can do with the DoNotPay app. Simplify your life with some of our other services:
- Update Informed Delivery Info
- File a Social Security address change
- Update your mailing address at the DMV