Change of Address Checklist

Changing your address can be time consuming if you approach it without a plan.  When you have a checklist and change your address for each item one after the next, you’ll finish much faster and you’ll know that you didn’t miss anything.

This list should be helpful if you need to update an address because of a move.

USPS Address Change Online

Visit USPS.com to change your address online.  You’ll pay about $1.00 to change your address, but it will happen right away.  Your other option is to visit the post office and complete an address change form.

Change of Address Checklist

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(For PDF version, download here – or click image to the right)

First and Foremost

  • Post Office
  • Family

Financial

  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Loan Providers (Student, home, auto, etc)
  • Retirement (IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, Social Security office)
  • Insurance (home, auto, life, medical, dental, etc)

Online

  • Paypal
  • Ebay
  • Amazon
  • Hotel Rewards Program
  • Airline Rewards Program

Utilities

  • Phone (cell and home)
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water and sewer
  • Trash
  • Cable or Satellite
  • Internet

Government Agencies

  • IRS
  • DMV (new license or temporary address change card)
  • Voter’s Card
  • Passport Office

Other

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Employer
  • Networking Groups (Chamber of commerce, BNI, alumni groups)
  • Church

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What else would you add?  See you in the comments!

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  • JP

    I would warn your readers that the USPS sells Change of Address information to marketers to help re-coup it’s expenses. That takes it from a “definitely do this” to a coin-flip: If the convenience of one-stop-shopping for making sure mail gets delivered to your new home outweighs the aggravation of more junk mail, then okay. Otherwise, it’s not worth the effort anymore.

    • http://SweatingTheBigStuff.com Daniel

      I recently moved and I followed most of these steps. I was under the impression that the USPS forwarded this information to the IRS.

      I love getting the coupons the USPS sends when you tell them you’re moving. I was able to sell one for $25 online (it was a 10% off at Pier 1 Imports)!

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithandfinance Tim

        I never even thought of selling the coupons! Thanks for sharing that tip

  • JP

    I would warn your readers that the USPS sells Change of Address information to marketers to help re-coup it’s expenses. That takes it from a “definitely do this” to a coin-flip: If the convenience of one-stop-shopping for making sure mail gets delivered to your new home outweighs the aggravation of more junk mail, then okay. Otherwise, it’s not worth the effort anymore.

    • http://SweatingTheBigStuff.com Daniel

      I recently moved and I followed most of these steps. I was under the impression that the USPS forwarded this information to the IRS.

      I love getting the coupons the USPS sends when you tell them you’re moving. I was able to sell one for $25 online (it was a 10% off at Pier 1 Imports)!

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithandfinance Tim

        I never even thought of selling the coupons! Thanks for sharing that tip

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