Change USPS Address Are you moving or want to rent a post office box? Learn how to change your address to continue receiving mail or reserve a box at your local post office.
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.
Official 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.
Individual Change USPS Address Choose this option if one person is moving. If you receive mail by more than one name (i.e. maiden name or nickname), complete a separate form for each name.
Family Change USPS Address Choose this option and complete one form if everyone in your family has the same last name. If not all family members are moving, OR if some family members have different last names, choose the Individual option and submit a separate order for each mover.
Note: Filing a Family Change-of-Address means EVERYONE in the household with the same last name will have their mail forwarded to the address specified.
Business Change USPS Address Choose this option if your business is moving. Individual or Family orders that include a business address as the old address will not be processed. Existing or former employees cannot have their “personal” mail forwarded from a business.
Note: All mail sent to the business name entered below will be forwarded to the new address you’re providing.
If you have a complaint about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), need more information, or have a suggestion or compliment, you can let them know in one of several ways:
- Use the USPS website’s Email Us form. Select an inquiry type that most closely relates to the complaint or question that you have. On the website, you can also file a claim or request a refund for shipping.
- Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or TTY: 1-800-877-8339.
- Speak to the station manager (postmaster) at a local post office.
- Write to the U.S. Postal Service’s Consumer Advocate office at:
United States Postal Service
Office of the Consumer Advocate
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2200