Regardless of how many times you’ve moved, it’s stressful. There are so many different appointments and other items to keep track of that it’s easy to overlooks some of the smaller things. Probably one of the most basic things to take care of is changing your address, but can you remember all the places you need to change it?
If you’re anything like me, you have your address saved in a variety of online stores, profiles, banks and credit cards, and it may very well be impossible to change all of them. But don’t worry, I’ve come up with a checklist of some of the more common places when it comes to changing your address. It may not cover everything, but hopefully, it will provide you a good start and jog your memory.
You can download the checklist here!
Now let me break all of this down a little more. Questions about specifics or how to’s? Check them out below!
United States Postal Service (USPS)
When dealing with USPS you have two different options. You can either change your address online here or visit your local post office and request a Mover’s Guide packet. If you opt to change your address online, note that there is a $1 fee and you will need a credit or debit card and valid email address to complete the process. This is probably the fastest way to change your address. Immediately after you complete the process, you’ll receive an email confirmation.
If you choose to go into your local post office to request the Mover’s Guide packet, you’ll need to fill out the PS Form 3575 inside of the packet and turn it into either one of the postal workers or drop it into a letter mail slot inside of the post office. After filling and turning in the form, you should receive a confirmation letter (at your new address) in about 5 business days. This will save you the $1 fee associated with online filing. You can also print the PS Form 3575 from the USPS website and mail it to the address listed 2 weeks prior to your move.
Whether you’re filing online or filling out the paper form, you’ll be asked if you’re completing a permanent or temporary address change. In this case, you’ll be changing your address permanently which will allow your mail to be forwarded to your new permanent address for a year. Note that this includes first-class mail and periodicals but typically will not include circulars and catalogs. Make sure that you include the names of everyone from the household that is moving with you so that their mail gets forwarded as well. There are couple other options outside of a permanent or temporary change of address, such as premium forwarding services, but these will cost additional money and are not as common.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
If you are expecting a tax refund or other mail from the IRS, it’s important that you notify them of your change of address. You can do this by downloading Form 8822 from their website, or clicking here, and mailing it to the address shown. However, if you’re not expecting anything from the IRS, you can also file your address change when you file your next tax return.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Most states require that you notify the DMV of an address change within 30 days of your move, this includes Nevada. It’s important to keep your address current as this is where your registration renewal and other important documents are sent. I just learned that USPS will not forward vehicle registration certificates and decals, so if you renew through the internet or an emission inspection station and you have not updated your address, you will not receive your registration and will need to request a duplicate copy get resent to you. The Nevada DMV is also able to update your voter registration when you change your address if you’re moving within the same county.
The good news is, Nevada’s DMV now has an online portal and if you created a MyDMV account you’ll be able to update your address online. The DMV will mail you a new license or ID after you complete your change. If you don’t want to create an online account you can either mail in your address change or visit your local DMV office. Please note, there is a fee that covers the cost of your new card. In Nevada, you’re looking at either $4.25 for a standard license or $9.25 for a Real ID license.
Make sure you change your address with all of the various credit cards you may have. Even if you don’t receive paper statements and bills, it’s important to make them aware of your change of address. This is particularly important if you are moving to a different city or state since most credit card companies watch your transactions for fraud and could freeze your account if they see a lot of transactions from a new area. You can typically make these changes online or by calling your credit card provider.
It’s also important to notify any banks you work with about your move. If you bank with a local bank and plan on moving to a different state, it may also be time to look into a new bank. Make this address change either online if you have online banking or by calling or visiting your bank.
You can either transfer your utilities to your new home or schedule to shut-off your utilities at your old home. However, if you plan on listing it, you’ll need to keep the utilities on while your house is being shown and through the inspection period. It’s best to ask your listing agent the best or most appropriate time for you to turn off the utilities. A month or two before you move, start making a list of all of the utility bills you receive so you remember who you will need to contact when you move. Please note there may be some fees associated with setting up your utilities at your new home.
Other Bills/Statements or Invoices
Similar to your utilities, a month or two before you move, start keeping track of all of the bills you receive in the mail. In addition, it may not be a bad idea to scan your credit card statements to see if there are any reoccurring expenses that will require an address change. This could include things like monthly subscriptions, video streaming services, cell phone providers, etc. By doing this you’ll have a good idea of where you’ll need to update your address.
It may also jog your memory and be useful in determining online stores you frequent with auto-populated shipping addresses. If you use Amazon or other online stores frequently you may be used to purchasing with their one-click option. After you move, make sure you avoid accidentally sending your packages to the wrong address by updating your contact information ahead of time.
Magazine and Catalog Subscriptions
If you want to continue receiving your magazines or certain catalogs you’ll need to make sure to contact the companies and provide your new mailing address. Magazine and catalog subscriptions are not forwarded through USPS as long as your regular mail is (only about 60 days), so make sure you change your address right away. You should be able to update your address by visiting the website of the magazine or catalog. You will either need to provide your customer number (typically found on your copy of the magazine) or update your profile depending on the company. When in doubt, give the publication a call and change your address over the phone.
Visit your HR department to change your address so that any important notifications regarding taxes or benefits get delivered to you. Some companies even have online employee portals where you can make these changes with a click of a button.
When you move you should notify your car insurance provider. You can usually do this by calling or visiting your local branch. Depending on where you move, you may see that your rates either go down or up.
Health Insurance and Doctors
Depending on where you move, you may need to look for a new doctor, and if this is the case, you’ll need to request that your medical files are transferred. As soon as you have a new health care provider, make sure you contact your old doctor to notify them. Similarly, you’ll want to notify your health insurance provider so that any important documents or bills get sent to your new address.
Children’s School and Organizations
If you have kids, make sure that you update their school directory, friends, and any other sports, after-school activities or other organizations they’re involved with. This will help make sure that you don’t miss important reminders, information or invites.
Clubs, Memberships, and Alumni Groups
If you belong to any clubs or groups, make sure you provide them with your new address. While many things are communicated online or via email, it’s important to let these types of organizations know so that you can be sure you’re receiving all other newsletters, publications or invitations. In addition to clubs and groups, don’t forget about other memberships such as your gym, library or Costco.
If you have pre-printed or stamp return addresses, make sure to order new ones with your new address. While this isn’t a high priority item, if you’re moving closer to a holiday or other special event that requires invitations or thank you cards getting your new return addresses may make your life easier.
If your furry friend has a tag with your address make sure you get them a new one with your new address. Additionally, if your dog is microchipped, make sure you edit their contact information so that you’ll get contacted if your dog gets lost and found.
Another low priority item, but something that may get overlooked. Next time you fly with your luggage, don’t forget that you’ll need to change the address on your luggage tags.
Now as I mentioned, this may not be everything, but hopefully provides you a good start. Good luck!