Not following through with your change of address could cost you money! With online bill pay, notifying companies and people of your new address might feel like a relic of times past, but this checklist will walk you through the essentials for a smooth move.
As part of out processing, most service members will need to verify that their local accounts are closed. From cable to the library to voter registration, there are any number of things that can call between the cracks when it’s time to change your address as part of your PCS.
What happens if you don’t follow through on this step? It can get expensive when the last bill doesn’t reach you after your move and goes to collections. Too often, you won’t realize you forgot to change your address until you need to access an account.
Tip: If you use AHRN.com to find your home before you move, you can file your change of address with USPS.gov to start four or five days before you move and minimize the mail you miss.
Leave Your New Address With
- Power company
- Water provider
- Trash service
- Any off post medical professionals (dentist, optometrist)
Where to change your address when you move
- United States Postal Service
- Voter Registration
- Spouse Employer (for tax documents & final paychecks)
- Credit Card Companies
- Life insurance
- Car insurance
- Rental insurance
- Any Streaming Services
- Veterinarian (if you have pets)
- Magazines you subscribe to
If you have kids
- Youth Organizations (Scouts/Sports/etc)
Save some time
To shortcut the process of sharing & gathering addresses for holiday or birthday cards, use a service like Postable.com. After setting up your address book, you can share the link on Facebook or email to your friends and family. You can use those addresses for your own cards or use Postable’s card service to send a quick “our new address” announcement!
What have you forgotten on your change of address list?