If you are preparing to relocate, you have many tasks to accomplish before and during the move. One often overlooked project is letting people and places know that you have moved. It’s important to contact everyone on your list of who to notify of your change of address.
Who to Notify of Your Change of Address: Post Office
Did you know you don’t have to go to the post office to change your address? You can visit the USPS website and do it all online.
Your Employer’s HR Department
You may be chatting with co-workers about your move, but the news needs to be made official at work. Inform the human resources department of your new address. It is important for them to have your correct address so they can mail tax forms and other information to you.
Notify All Utilities of Your Change of Address
There are companies that provide you services to notify of your change of address. You’ll want to turn off the old utilities and turn them on at the new house. Here are some of the places you’ll need to contact.
- Cable provider
- Phone company
- Electric company
- Internet provider
- Gas company
- Water department
- Garbage collector
Turn the electricity on in your new home the day before the move. This way you’ll have electricity no matter how early you start moving in.
Notify your financial institutions of your new address. These may include:
- Credit cards
- Credit union
- Investment accounts
Many of these companies will allow you to make your changes online.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Pay attention to your state’s rules and deadlines for your car registration. Visit the DMV website to learn about these regulations. It’s possible that you can make these changes online, but you may need to go into a DMV office.
The IRS is an Agency You Should Notify of Your Change of Address
The IRS needs to be notified when you move. They make it simple to change your mailing address by filling out a Form 8822.
Notify your insurance providers that you have a new address.
- Homeowners insurance
- Dental insurance
- Health insurance
- Auto insurance
- Life insurance
Update your voter registration so you’ll be ready in time for the next election. It’s possible that your DMV address change will automatically update your voter registration file. Contact your local registrar of voters to find out for sure.
Notify your doctors, dentist, and other health specialists that you’ve moved. If you’ve been paying on any medical bills, make sure those creditors have your new address.
Notify Friends and Family of Your Change of Address
There are a few ways to let your family and friends know about your change of address. You can send out a mass email or text message to keep your contacts up-to-date about where you live.