Before Moving

Places To Notify

Let the Post Office know when you’ll be moving and what your new address will be; a temporary forwarding address might be necessary if you do not have a permanent one by the time you move. As an alternative, the post office will hold your mail and forward it upon written instructions from you.

If you want to rent a post office box in the new city, you must do so in person. All post office box rentals are for a minimum of six months. First-class mail is forwarded free of charge for one year.

Magazines and Newspapers are forwarded for 60 days. Standard Mail (B), formerly called fourth-class/parcel post, is forwarded locally for 12 months at no charge. You pay forwarding charges if you move outside the local area.

Only one change-of-address card (Form is 3575) is necessary per family if everyone in the household is moving and if all people have the same last name. For other cases, one change-of-address card per person can be used. Mover’s Guides, which contain Form 3575,. are available at your local post office, from your postal carrier, or via the Internet at www.usps.gov/rnoversnet. Use the postcards included in the Mover’s Guide to notify your correspondents of your new mailing address. Publishing companies prefer at least four weeks’ notice — preferably six. Early notification of your new, complete mailing address, including ZIP code, can avoid.postage-due costs and eliminate the delayed receipt of your magazines and other publications.


Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.

The following checklists will be helpful:

Places to Notify

UTILITIES

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Fuel
  • Sewer District
  • Trash
  • Cable/Satellite Television

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Lawyer
  • Broker

INSURANCE AGENCIES

  • Life
  • Fire
  • Auto
  • Home
  • Health
  • Accident
  • Hospital

ESTABLISHED BUSINESS ACCOUNTS

  • Dry cleaner
  • Bakery
  • Drug Store
  • Diaper Service
  • Department Stores
  • Water Softener Service
  • Lawn Service
  • Dairy
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaner
  • Banks
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Automobile Agency
  • Real Estate Agency

PUBLICATIONS

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Professional

GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC OFFICE

  • Library
  • City Hall – Refuse Services
  • City and/or County Tax Assesor
  • State Motor Vehicle Bureau
  • Social Security Administration
  • Veterans Administration
  • Draft Board

OTHER

  • Relatives and Friends
  • Business Associates
  • Book, Video, CD Clubs
  • Other Organizations and Clubs
  • School and Colleges
  • Landlord (if you are a tenant)
  • Tenant (if you are a landlord)
  • Church