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How to forward another person's mail

There are several reasons why you might need to forward mail for another person. A roommate might move out, a child might move away, a former homeowner's mail is delivered to you, or a letter is simply addressed incorrectly. The new address of the person must be known in order to forward the mail. The simplest way to forward all mail is to fill out the United States Postal Service's Offical Change of Address form located on the Internet or found at any post office.

Cross out the incorrect street, city, and zip code with a black permanent marker.

Write the new address to the right side of the old.

Write "Forward To:" above the name. Make the letters larger than the original address so it stands out.

Resend the letter as if it were new. No extra postage is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Letter or mail
  • Medium or fine-point black permanent marker
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Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."