If you’re relocating, you’ll have plenty of things on your to-do list. Besides packing and hiring professional movers, you’ll also need to notify agencies about your move. Here’s a checklist of places to notify of your change of address.
Notify the Post Office of Your Change of Address
When you move, make sure your mail moves with you. Change your address online on the USPS website. Alternatively, go to your nearest post office and get the Mover’s Guide packet to update your address.
The IRS can’t send a tax refund or other vital information if you don’t update your address. Fortunately, it’s easy to notify the IRS about your move. Fill out Form 8822 from the IRS website, and you’ll be done.
Notify the DMV of Your Change of Address
The DMV is another key government agency to notify when you move. Fortunately, you may not need to visit the DMV in person to change your address. In most states, you can update this information online.
Social Security Administration
You don’t need to update your address for your social security card. However, if you receive benefits, such as Social Security or Medicare from the government, you’ll need to update the information on file with the SSA. The SSA provides a simple online form for this purpose.
You’ll need an updated address to be eligible to vote at election time. The change of address process varies from state to state, so check with your state or local election office for the latest information on updating your voter registration.
Utility Companies to Notify About Your Change of Address
Update your address with all your utility companies to continue receiving service. Notify companies at least a month before your move to establish services at your new home. Important utilities to notify include the gas, electric, and water companies, your phone and internet providers, the cable company, and your trash collection service.
Updating your address with these utility service providers may be as simple as making a phone call or filling out an online form, depending on your location. But if you’re moving to a new city or state, you may need to cancel your utilities and create new accounts with the new utility service providers.
If you’re signed up for subscription services, update the address when you move. Otherwise, packages, magazines, and other subscriptions may end up at the wrong home. Most subscription services allow you to change your address online.
Financial institutions such as banks, credit card companies, and lenders need to be notified about your change of address to make sure important documents are sent to the correct address.
When you’re moving, update your address with your homeowners, car, medical, and life insurance providers. Failing to notify these insurance providers about your new address can result in a voided policy or even lead to insurance fraud charges. Contact your insurance providers to change your address.
Moving to a new home only to realize you’ve stopped receiving your mail, subscriptions, and other important documents can be a considerable inconvenience. Spare yourself the trouble by notifying these places about your move.