You have a ton of things to accomplish before your move. Some moving tasks can probably wait till you’re well under way. But announcing your move and notifying certain entities of your new address is something that should top your move priority list. Of course, family and friends will be the first to know. But don’t forget to contact government and other business entities. Filing a change-of-address (COA) with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the first step to getting the word out.
Change of Address
USPS makes it easy and convenient to change your address. When you know your new address, to file your change-of-address online. You can also complete the form in person at a local post office or over the phone. This will ensure you mail is forwarded to your new home when you move.
Government Entities to Notify
Forwarding your mail to your new address helps mail be redirected to your new address. However, you should also alert certain entities individually so that they have your updated contact information. The following links should be contacted ASAP after you know you’ll be moving.
- DMV – Be sure to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles and update your contact information. If you’re moving to a new state, make sure obtain a new license and registration after your move. USA.gov has a list of all 50 states’ department of motor vehicles websites.
- IRS – It’s always a good idea to let the Internal Revenue Service know where you are. Use this link: Moving Soon? Let the IRS Know. The page has links to various tax-related forms you might need.
- Social Security Administration – Even if you aren’t yet collecting Social Security, it’s best to notify them.
- Voter registration. Get a jumpstart on locating your new voting location by notifying your new Board of Elections of your address. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission page will answer your questions.
You probably have a utilities checklist that’s separate from your change-of-address information. But double check that list by making sure you notify all your current and future utility accounts about your move. This will also let you make sure cut-off and turn-on dates are accurate.
Other Businesses to Contact
As a reminder, here’s a checklist of other businesses to notify of your new address:
- Banks, loan companies and credit unions
- Tax assessors
- Financial planner, accountant and investment services
- Doctors, dentists and other treatment providers
- Alumni associations
- Financial aid offices
- Veterinarian, pet sitter, microchip company
- Insurance companies
- Home security company
- AAA or other emergency road service
- Charities, volunteer organizations
- Magazine subscriptions