How to Change My Mailing Address With the Post Office

By Techwalla Contributor

The U.S. Postal Service recommends that you file a change of address two weeks before your actual move date. You can submit your change of address up to three months in advance or wait until much later, but it can often take a week before any of your forwarded mail is delivered to your new address. USPS charges a small fee to change your mailing address by phone or email, but there's no charge to submit a paper change of address form.

Step 1

Visit moversguide.usps.com. Choose between a permanent or temporary move and enter the date on which you'd like your mail to start forwarding to the new address. Fill in the required information, such as your name and your old and new addresses. Pay a $1.00 verification fee with a credit card or debit card to complete the process of changing your address online.

Step 2

Call 1-800-275-8777 to change your mailing address by phone. Answer all of the required questions and pay the $1.00 verification fee to complete the process.

Step 3

Obtain a copy of form PS 3575 from your local post office or ask your mail carrier to give you one. Fill out and sign the form, then bring it to your local post office, give it to a mail carrier or place it in a mail collection box. No postage is required on this form.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call 1-800-275-8777 if you haven't received forwarded mail at your new address ten days after the start date designated on your change of address form.
  • USPS will send confirmation letters to both your old and new addresses as a fraud-prevention measure.
  • Don't wait until after you move to put in a change of address. Your mail can pile up in your old mail receptacle after you have gone if your carrier doesn't know you have moved. Someone could take this mail from your box and steal account information.