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Who You Should Contact When Your Address Changes

Published by Chris Townsend

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Any time you move, you’re going to have a lot of plates spinning in the air. You’ve got to plan everything from finalizing your new place of residence to packing and hiring movers, to setting up everything you need to operate in your day-to-day life. What often gets lost in the wash during this process is changing your address with all the appropriate businesses, institutions, organizations, and personal and professional contacts. To help cover your bases when your address changes, here is a list of who you’ll need to contact.

Postal Service

The first and most important address change you submit should be to the postal service. Obviously, you want your mail routed to the proper address, but it also covers your bases should you forget to register the change anywhere else. Mail forwarding due to a change of address lasts for one year and you can extend that period even longer if need be. Remember that you’ll need to put in your change of address a week or two ahead of time to sync it up with your moving date.


Utilities are a necessity when you move so you’ll want to make arrangements in advance for that, too. Electric company, internet and cable provider, phone company, trash and recycling, home security companies, and any other service you pay for on a monthly basis should be contacted. Just be sure to give them enough lead time to set everything up and that you’ll have to be physically present for things like internet and security setup.


Your employer or clients should also be informed when you move since they will need to send you communications, insurance updates, pay stubs, and tax documents.

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Professional Organizations

Any organizations you’re a member of will also need to be updated when your address changes. This holds especially true if you have a professional license of any sort and there is a state or federal body that oversees and regulates licensing. They typically want to be informed within 30 days of moving.

Insurance Carriers & Loan Providers

If you carry insurance with anyone, they’ll need to be notified too. This includes car insurance, renters’ insurance, homeowners’ insurance, and anyone else that provides a plan for you. Likewise, if you have any loans or debtors that you’re working with, they will want to know when you change your primary residence.

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Motor Vehicle Department

Your driver’s license should have your current address on it, which means you’ll need to contact your local motor vehicle department when your address changes as well. This is another one that needs to be taken care of sooner rather than later and in most states requires the payment of a small fee.

Financial Institutions & Credit Cards

Just as you should contact anyone you have a loan with, you’ll also want to notify your bank and any companies you have a credit card with upon moving. Don’t forget to order new checks that reflect your current address!

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Friends & Family

Last but not least, your friends and family will want to know your current address. You can send out a simple form letter to let them know, or better yet, if you’re having a housewarming, the invitation can serve as both an opportunity to see your new home and let them know you’ve moved.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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