Moving is a time-consuming process — and it doesn’t end when you’re finally under your new roof. An important final step of the moving process is to notify businesses and institutions that need to contact you or deliver items to you of your new address. Use this checklist of who to notify when you move.
1. The Post Office
If you’d like the postal service to forward your mail to your new home, change your address at the nearest post office with Form 3575, call 1-800-ASK-USPS, or better yet, go online. The Official USPS Change of Address costs $1.05 on a credit card, and your mail is sent to your new place.
2. Your Employer
Make sure your employer knows that you’ve moved so they can update their records for payroll purposes and to send out your tax information at the end of the year.
3. The DMV
You can update the address on your driver's license, ID card, registration and vehicle title by visiting the DMV. But we know you’d probably rather skip that trip. Good news: You can update most things online (though some states still require you to visit your local DMV office). Depending on your state, you have anywhere from 10 to 30 days to change the address on your driver’s license. Visit DMV.org to check your state’s specifications.
4. Financial Institutions
Update your billing address with your bank and credit card providers. You can most likely do this online by updating your profile details on their websites. Make sure you have all of your accounts covered, including loan institutions, retirement plans and PayPal.
5. Insurance Providers
All of your insurance providers will need your new address to create new identification cards, updated policies or premiums and for important communiqué. That includes telling your health insurance provider or HealthCare.gov, renters or homeowners insurance, plus car, life and any other general insurance plans you have.
6. Voter Registration
The process to update your current voter information varies based on your state. Some allow you to update your voter registration online, otherwise you’ll have to mail in your updates or visit your County Recorder’s office. You can also visit USA.gov, which can help you navigate the process.
7. Subscriptions Services
If you receive magazines, subscription boxes or automated grocery or meal delivery services, make sure you contact these services individually to update your shipping information.
8. Personal Care Providers
Connect with your dentist, primary care physician and any other personal care providers that may need to send statements, appointment reminders or other communication to your new address.
9. Social Security Administration
10. Online Retailers
If your address isn’t updated with your favorite online retailers, you may unintentionally send your new shoes straight to your old doorstep. Be sure to update your profile with retailers like Amazon, eBay and Etsy.
Are You Covered?
Moving can be overwhelming. If you haven’t had the time to sit down with your insurance agent to review the coverage needs of your new home, now is the time to do it. Contact your local Farm Bureau agent to review your new living situation and to nail down the right coverage for your home.