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
Water Softener Service
Credit Card Companies
Real Estate Agency
Certified Public Accountant
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC OFFICE
City Hall – Refuse Services
City and/or County Tax Assessor
State Motor Vehicle Bureau
Social Security Administration
Relatives and Friends
Book, Video, CD Clubs
Other Organizations and Clubs
School and Colleges
Landlord(if you are a tenant)
Tenant(if you are a landlord)