USPS Change of Address
Easily change your address at the Post Office or online at USPS.com
Whether you are moving or simply changing your shipping address, you’ll want to make sure that the USPS receives your updated information on time. The USPS recommends that you provide your new address at least 7 to 10 days before you need your mail to be forwarded to your new address.
You can easily make the update online or visit your local Post Office to fill out a USPS change-of-address form. Follow these simple steps to change your address and avoid letters or packages being sent to your old address after you move.
How to Change Your Address with the USPS
- Go to USPS.com’s address change page. The online version will take you through each step of the process. If you prefer, you may instead visit your local Post Office to manually fill out a change-of-address form for free. Note: In order to prevent fraud, there is a $1.05 verification fee charged by the U.S. Postal Service to change your address online.
- Click “Continue” to acknowledge that you are aware of the terms of the address change.
- Indicate whether your address change will be permanent or temporary, and the date it should take effect. While most moves are considered permanent, the USPS has accommodations for address changes that will be in effect for shorter terms.
- Indicate whether your move is for an individual, family or business. Note that you will need to be an authorized representative of your business in order to make the change.
- Enter your business name, old and new address. You will also need to include your email and phone contact information in the event the USPS needs to follow up on your change.
- Provide a credit-card number. This step helps the USPS verify your identity by matching the address information you provide with that listed on your card. Your card will be charged a verification fee of $1.05. (There is no charge if you perform your change of address at a physical Post Office.)
After completing the steps listed above, you will receive an instant email notification from the USPS confirming your change of address. You will also receive a letter at your old address confirming the start date of the change.
USPS Address Change Tip!
Don’t just change your address with the USPS — make sure your banks, credit-card companies and utility providers hear about the move from you directly. Remember, after one year with the basic Change of Address service, mail will be returned to sender instead of being forwarded to your new address.