Tips When Changing Your Street Address
Amidst the general excitement of moving to a new address it’s easy to forget that you also need to pay attention to the fact that there are a variety of stakeholders who need to be in contact with you via the postal services – and equally importantly missing that communication due to not informing them of your change of address can have some very negative consequences.
So what should you be doing when you move to a new address?
If you are a resident in the United States then the first step is to visit the U.S. postal service website and make the change of address that way. There will be a $1 charge. Alternatively visit a USPS office and fill out form 3575.
To avoid penalties make sure that your bills reach you at your new address. Notify each billing company in writing and then phone them to ensure that they have your new address on file.
Of course it is essential that you notify family and friends that you have a new postal address. Even in the age of email and social media there are still packages and other mail that will require a physical address. United States Postal Service Update Of Address is provide an online service to update or change address when you move from one place to another.
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Benefits of Online Services
Shopping on the Internet is a fact of life today. The number of people that shop online is steadily growing and your financial institution is going to want to verify your correct address when you use your debit or credit card online. In addition your normal statements are often forwarded to you via the postal service. You may be able to action a change of address via an online banking portal or app – otherwise you may have to visit your nearest branch in person.
If you subscribe to magazines or other types of subscription services then you will need to inform them of your change of address. Di this in writing and once again follow up with a phone call to ensure that they have actioned the changes.
One of the things that many people let slip is to change their address and apply for a new drivers license with those details. Failure to do so may result in hefty fines if you are stopped for a traffic violation or any other traffic related incident. You can usually do this online, however if you have moved states and this facility is not available you may have to pay a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Make sure that you take the time to notify all relevant parties that you are changing addresses – failure to do so may have long term consequences.