How to Register a New Postal Address

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How to Register a New Postal Address
Be sure to change your address before you move, not after. (letter box image by Joelyn Pullano from Fotolia.com)

Moving can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are some chores involved with moving that are relatively simple. One example: changing your postal address. Changing a postal address can be done at your local post office or online. To change your address online, you must be prepared to submit a debit card number in order to verify your identity. You will be charged 60p at the time in order to process the identity check on your card.

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    Changing Your Address at a Local Post Office

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    At your local post office, explain to the clerk that you would like to change your address.

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    Fill out the form that is given to you in its entirety. It will ask you for your current address, your new address and how soon you would like the mail to begin being sent to your new address.

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    Check the box declaring whether it is your entire family moving or just you. You can have just the mail addressed to you sent to a new address. Or, if your entire family is moving from the current address to the new, you can have all mail being sent to the current address forwarded to the new address.

  4. 4

    Once you have given the form back to the clerk, your request will be processed. You should start receiving forwarded mail from your old address at your new address soon, or on the date that you requested on the form. In the meantime, begin notifying all the companies that regularly send you bills and mailings of your new address. This will help to speed along the process.

    How to Change Your Postal Address Online

  1. 1

    Log on to the United States Postal Service's website, www.usps.com. Click "Household" in the top navigation tabs.

  2. 2

    Click "Change of Address" on this page. Read through the user agreement and click that you agree if you do. Then, fill out the form in its entirety.

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    Enter in your credit or debit card information once you are prompted to do so at the end of the form. Then click "Submit."

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    Your request is now being processed. You should start receiving forwarded mail from your old address at your new address soon, or on the date that you requested on the form. In the meantime, begin notifying all the companies that regularly send you bills and mailings of your new address. This will help to speed along the process.

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