How To Fill USPS Change Of Address Form Online Free – In Five Minutes

This post will be going through the process of filling the USPS change of address form at the official USPS website. There are many other companies and organizations providing the service, where they file the change of address on your behalf. They usually charge a premium for that which is way higher than what USPS charge. The charges for filing United States Postal Service change of address from at USPS official site is $1.05, which is justified by the security attached the address changing process. While other service providers charge anywhere from $15 to $40.

Most of the service providers do make the changes for you but there are some complaints where the person was charged but the address was not changed. You need to be very careful about using such service. They usually never inform post office about your move.

Once you have decided that you need to apply for a change of address, you have two options in hand; you can either walk to your nearest post office and fill a form there about your new address or you can fill the same form online, avoiding some common mistakes, in five minutes using the laptop on which you are reading this post.

Step by step process of filling the post office change of address is discussed in detail below. You can read it once and then start to fill the form or you can also do both the things simultaneously in different tabs.

Step by Step Process to file change of address at USPS –

You should start the process of changing your address by going to the online form available at the official website of USPS, you can find the link also at the bottom of this post. When you go to the USPS’s change of address form you will see a welcome page.

USPS Welcome Page

You need to click the orange Continue button to go to the next page.

On the next page, it gives you some tips and information on charges. There is a clearly mentioned charge of $1.05 to be charged from your credit card or debit card. This helps USPS to verify that the person filing the request is real.

This form can be filled personally by anyone who wants to update his/her address in post office or he or she should be the executor, guardian, authorized officer of the person whose USPS address change is being done or an agent of the person for whom the update of address is being carried out. This is clearly stated on the official UMove (This page www.usps.com/umove has been removed by USPS some time back, but the official link mentioned at the end of this post is still good) page, you need to acknowledge that statement before you start the actual change of address process.

Statement for change of address

Statement for change of address

As soon as you click the ‘continue’ button, you will start the actual official change of address process which consist of five steps as you can see in the image below-

Five Steps of Change of Address

Five Steps of Change of Address

The whole process is divided into five steps-

  • Move Info
  • Name & Address
  • Identity Check
  • Instant Saving
  • Confirm Order

Move Info-

The first step ‘Move Info’ is divided into three important questions.

Move Information - I

Move Information – I

The most important question is the status of move, weather it is temporary or permanent. If you are planning to move back to the same address within a year then temporary should be marked, even if you are sure about the first six months and your next six months plan in dependent on something else, you should file a temporary change request and then after six months, you should again file the same request.

Move Information - II

Move Information – II

Date of forwarding-

Date of forwarding implies to the date from which you want your mails to be delivered to the new address, you can fill the form after or before moving so you have to tell USPS the date when you want the mail forwarding to start. For example you can file the request within thirty (30) days of moving or if you want to fill the change of address form well in advance than you can do it that upto three months before the date of forwarding.

If you apply for a permanent address change than you will see only one date option, ‘Start Forwarding’ date, but if you are applying for a temporary change of address then you will see a second date option as ‘End Forwarding’ which will tell USPS to stop your mail forwarding to new address and resume its going to the old address.

The ‘End Forwarding’ date should not be more than six months away from the Start Forwarding date. As it was mentioned earlier, you can apply for temporary change of address for six months and extend it for another six months.

In case you don’t know the exact End Forwarding date then it is good to input the best estimated date, and if this date is ever changed , you must inform your local post office about the new/changed End Forwarding date.

Another important point to remember is that if you receive your mails by more than one name e.g. your middle name or nick name then a separate postal service change of address form should be filed for that name as well.

The Type of Move-

The next point asks about the type of move it is. You should clearly mention whether it is an individual move, a family move or a business moving to a new address.

Here is an explanation of three different types of moves. Individual move is defined as move when a single person from a family is moving and the rest of the family is going to stay at the same old address.

If one person in a family has a different surname then the family has to file for a change of address as a family and the person who has a different surname has to file separate change of address for as an individual. You can mark it as a family move if the whole family which has same surname is moving to a new address, in that case all the people having same surname will get their mails forwarded to the new address by filing just one form.

Third option is for the businesses moving to a new address. It is not possible to divert few mails to a different address; all the mails should be delivered to the same business address, either new or old.

Once you have filled all three options, you can now click on the orange ‘Continue’ button to provide your name and address details.

Name and Address –

This part of the form should be filled very carefully. In the four blocks on this page, the first block is for your name. If the form is being filled for an individual, your first name, middle name and last name should be entered. In case the form is being filled for whole family, first name should

Name and Address part of the form

Name and Address part of the form

contain the First Name or initials of the Head of the family. Another important point to remember is that if you receive your mails by more than one name e.g. your middle name or nick name then a separate postal service change of address form should be filed for that name as well. Same goes with the last name and surname.

Another important point, if a person who has the same surname is moving to a different address, then a separate form should be filled for that person otherwise mails of that person will also be forwarded to the address where whole family’s mails are being forwarded.

Please remember, you can’t file for a change of address from a non USPS PO box, but if you have a USPS PO box, you should put that in the street field.

Entering Old Address

Entering Old Address

The second block has the space for you to provide your old address information (not your previous address, this is the address where you are already receiving your mails) you need to be careful in filling this as any mistakes will complicate the process of changing the address with USPS.

Entering New Address

Entering New Address

The third block is where you will put your new address or the address where you want your mails to be forwarded. If you are moving to a newly built house that was built in last six months, then it may not be in USPS database, in that case you must tick the box below the ZIP code.

There are few type of address which you cannot use for these fields like you cannot file for a US Postal Service change of address from a non USPS PO box but if you have a USPS PO box you should put it in the street field.

Similarly you cannot file Similarly you cannot file United States Postal Service Change of address online for international address or from a Military APO/FPO address, but you can file an online change of address to change your address ‘to’ a military address.

Online address changing facility can also not be used to change ’Unique ZIP Codes’ address. Unique ZIP codes are used for specific universities, governmental agencies, buildings or business that gets a very high volume of mails. Such offices are assigned a Unique ZIP code to funnel the mails easily.

Once you are done with the contact information, press the orange “Continue” button to the next step of “Identity Check” and confirm your identity.

Entering Contact Information in United States Postal Service Change of Address Form

Entering Contact Information in US Postal Service Change of Address Form

In the Fourth block you need to provide your contact information including your email address, confirmation of email address, home phone and Mobile phone. This information is used to send the information of the transaction and confirmation of the change of address and mail forwarding.

Identity Check –

Third Step of filling the form is Identity Verification, this step helps USPS verify the applicant. It require you to verify yourself using a valid Debit or Credit card, this card should be in the name of person filing the request and it should have the same billing address as either your old or new house.

Identity Verification Part I for Post Office Address Change

Identity Verification Part-I for Post Office Change of Address

USPS charges a $1.05 fee to verify the ownership of the card. This helps in preventing fraudulent address changing requests and also saves you from your friend’s playing prank on you.

When you fill this page, it will show you both of your address (New where you are moving and old from where you are moving) to select for billing address; you can select the right address on your card. If your card is billed on any other address (a third address) then there is an option for entering a different billing address of your credit card or debit card.

Entering A Different Address For Payment

Entering A Different Address For Payment

If you mark the third option of “Enter a Different Address” a new address field appears where you can enter your billing address. In case you are making the payment on behalf of someone else, there is an option to mark “I’M HELPING SOMEONE ELSE”.

Making Payment For Someone Else

Making Payment For Someone Else

If you mark that field, you will have to provide your details like Name, Phone Number and Email address. Once you are done with that, you can click on the Continue button to move to the next step. If you feel like you have not provided the card information, please don’t afraid as USPS will ask that information in the next step.

On the next page you will be asked to enter your card information, once you do that, your United States Postal Service change of address process will be done.

While you are filling the form, you will see a vertical orange box on the right hand side of each page, this box shows all the information you have filled during the whole process and if you want to make any corrections or changes, you will find an edit button in front of each field, at any stage, you can click on edit button and it will take you to the respective page to make the edits.

Please note, the address you see in the box is standardized by USPS database the moment you enter it, so if you see any difference in the format of address you filled and the address you see, it may be due to the database address, and you can leave it like that.

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Once you have checked and verified the details, you can be sure that your change of address is applied and it will start forwarding your mails to your new forwarding address within fourteen days.

Official USPS Change of address form – https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/

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33 Responses to “How To Fill USPS Change Of Address Form Online Free – In Five Minutes”

  1. Marcus says:

    Thanks for the detailed article, it was really helpful for me. I have to apply in next week and I just wanted to know how i is done. This article has made me really happy to know that this process is really simple.
    I was really afraid of doing it online after reading all those scam and consumer complaints. But now I am confident about where to do it.

    Just want to ask one question, is the payment really necessary of we are doing it online?

    -Marcus

    • Admin says:

      Marcus,
      Yes, it is. If you are doing it online then making a payment also helps to verify your identity, this way you are safe.

  2. SF Mark says:

    Very informative article, thanks for all those detailed images. they were really helpful.

  3. Julie Robinson says:

    I will be moving from NYC to SF right after Christmas, but if I do it around that time, wouldn’t USPS be closed around that time?

    • Admin says:

      Julie,
      You can do it up to 3 months in advance, so if you do it now and mention the date when you want the forwarding to start, it would be done. That is why the 3 months in advance and 30 days after moving this facility is available.

  4. Ritika Chandra says:

    Great information and the whole process is discussed very clearly. I heard too much about the scams around changing of address in post office. Thanks you for clarifying that US Postal Service charges only $1.05 for change of address.
    Last time I moved, I used a service which charged me $24 for the same. Postal Inspection Service also alerts about such services. Here is the link https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/pressroom/schemealerts.aspx that says some people were charged up to $40.

    • Admin says:

      Ritika,

      Thanks for adding to the information.

    • MaeMae says:

      Wow ridiculous $1.05 that’s nuts some of us don’t have credit card ……. What about ppl like me who don’t have credit or debit cards just straight cash and savings accounts ……… What if there is no post office by me to change it ……. I just think they need to do a different way of security checking us …….. like what happens when u forget ur password for ur email…… U have to go through security questions to get back into ur account ………. But they don’t charge u to get back into ur account……… So why really charge us that $1.05 ………. To me it’s just stupid and another way to find more taxes for them postal ppl…….. Awwwwww just craziness ……. Shit wild ……… All I have to say …….and I am doing paper one…….. What ever happened to all these states going green too……NEVER HAPPENED …………

  5. Randy Kauffman says:

    Why are they charging $1.05, are they not supposed to do it for free? We already pay for the shipping charges so why pay this.

    • Admin says:

      That $1.05 charged by USPS is more important towards the security then the service charge. This way they can always track who applied for the address update.

  6. Pete Treanor says:

    I agree with the point that people receiving mails on more that one name should file a separate form for both the names. It happened to me last year, I receive mails with my nick name also, and when I moved, I filed for the First Name and Last name only.
    Then I noticed that my mails which used to come by nick name are not coming any more.I checked with the local postal office and they told me I need to do it for my nick name as well.
    I again have to move to Florida from NY in first week of March. This time I will do it together. 🙂

    -Pete

  7. Boris says:

    This post gives clear idea in support of the new people
    of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging. I love the way you have blogged about changing the address at USPS. This is the exact information I was looking for. Liked you on FaceBook.

  8. barcelona says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on united states postal service change
    of address form. Regards

  9. Rolando Cavazos says:

    My nephew lives across the street from me on the same street, but he will be moving in with me. He doesn’t have a credit card so my question is – can he do the change of address online and me paying with my credit card? Thank you in advance.

  10. Rik James says:

    Wow, that’s a really great step by step tutorial I have found online about free change of address form, I know it is not free but you really made it very clear why the amount should be charged. If it was free, then anyone would change my address and get all my mails. USPS will probably never be able to figure out who filled it. It is a really great way to keep us safe. I saw some complaints of overcharged cards like http://www.cnbc.com/id/100908339 and I am happy that you have linked to the official USPS site clearly so that nobody is misguided.

    I am a single dad of 2 yr old and really have no time to visit post office, this was the reason I wanted to do it online. I kept your site open in one window and USPS official site on other window and filled the form really quickly without any problems.

    Thanks you very much. I will share it on my FB and Twitter with my friends.

    RJ.

  11. Agatha says:

    I went to my nearest post office for change of address and saw there was a huge line, that is when I got to know about online change of address facility. Your site helped me understanding the process before I started.

    I must thank you for saving my time, and thanks for the official link. I searched on google and there were lot of providers which look like scam and charging upto $80 for the same thing I did on official USPS change of address page for $1.05.

    Many people say it is free but I could not find the free option and when I read here, i got to know why it is not free. I will say it is nearly free as the validation charge is justified.

    US Postal service is really struggling these days for funds as I keep seeing that in news that many post offices are closing down. I am sure this little charge will help them.

  12. Mike L says:

    This is not good, us postal service ask money for change of address? why they need to charge us, we pay for postage and stamps and many other charges, why do they want that $1 charge, i think they are hungry of our money. USPS can’t be charging me just because i want to change my address to a new address.

  13. Ann says:

    I moved to Florida back in March changed my address for free since then I moved again in Florida to a different address when I went to change to my new address they want to charge me I’m asking why are they charging me now

    • Admin says:

      When ever you move to a new address, the formality remain same. So you have to apply if you move to a a new address, every time.

  14. namdeo more says:

    address change

  15. Mark says:

    I moved for work last year had to notify tons of banks magazines etc ended up hiring a website that helped a ton I think it was $20 worth the money for me, you could spend all day trying to contact all of the companies but with one of those companies you just list your services and they get you the right info and help you handle it, helped a lot.

    • Admin says:

      Mark, it is good that it worked well for you. But you can get the same thing done at USPS official site as they are diverting all your posts to your new address for a whole year. And the cost is much less, just $1.05.

      Thanks for your comment.

  16. James Gary says:

    there is NO place in the forward mail website to use a “different billing address”
    even though the website says to use this option…..the “real” website does NOT have the same options as shown in the “help” website either…….VERY frustrating, but in keeping with anything relsted to the federal government….I should not be surprised……

  17. Steven G. says:

    The link you have posted for UMove as usps.com/umove is not working, can you provide the updated link please.

    • Admin says:

      Thanks Steven for the headsup. I have posted a note above to let readers know about the change. Since the page has been removed and not just moved, I have not posted the updated URL. But we are going to look into it again in few days it the page is redirected to a new short URL. Here is a post about this update – usps.com/umove Has Moved To New Address Hope that helps.

  18. US Postal Service Address Change says:

    This is a very useful post, thank you! I agree that innovations are the most important thing for most businesses because with today’s fast-changing world we need to stay on top of the changes if we want to survive.

  19. George P says:

    You save a lot of my time. After reading your post, changing my address was apiece of cake. Keep the good work.

  20. Mark says:

    Why do we still need to pay that $ amount. We didn’t buy that address from USPS.

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