Moving to a new home or location can be an exciting time, but it can also come with a lot of logistics and planning, including ensuring that you receive your mail at your new address. Fortunately, the United States Postal Service (USPS) offers a Mail Forwarding service to make receiving your mail at your new address as seamless as possible.
USPS Mail Forwarding works by redirecting your mail from your old address to your new address. You can request mail forwarding online by visiting your local post office or filling out a paper form. Once your request is processed, USPS will forward your mail to your new address. USPS will forward all first-class mail, including letters, bills, and other important documents, to your new address for a specified period.
However, USPS does not forward some types of mail, such as magazines or newspapers, for more than 60 days. Instead, these items will be returned to the sender with a note stating the new address. If the sender doesn’t have a valid address to forward their mail to, they will return it. Your mail can be forwarded to your updated address by USPS Mail Forwarding without you having to change your address with each individual sender.
The duration of USPS Mail Forwarding varies depending on the type of mail and the forwarding address. By default, USPS Mail Forwarding lasts for 12 months for individual requests and 18 months for requests made by family members. After this period, USPS will stop forwarding your mail to your new address.
However, USPS also offers options to extend the duration of mail forwarding. If you need more time, you can extend USPS Mail Forwarding for an additional six months, for 18 months for individual requests or 24 months for requests made by family members.
It’s important to note that if you need to extend mail forwarding beyond the maximum allowed period, you will need to re-submit a new request. Additionally, if you have multiple moves during the same period, you must submit a new request for each address change.
Suppose you need to extend USPS Mail Forwarding beyond the initial forwarding period of 12 months (for individual requests) or 18 months (for requests made by family members). In that case, you can request an extension for an additional six months. Here’s how to request an extension:
If you have multiple moves during the same period, you must submit a new request for each address change. Additionally, if you need to extend mail forwarding beyond the maximum allowed period, you will need to re-submit a new request. Finally, keep in mind that additional fees may be associated with extending mail forwarding.
Depending on your specific situation, you can use several forms for USPS Mail Forwarding. Here are some of the most common forms:
You can also change your address online through the USPS website without filling out a paper form. Check the USPS website for current pricing information on some of these forms.
You can obtain a Change of Address form, also known as PS Form 3575, in several ways:
Regardless of how you obtain the form, be sure to fill it out completely and accurately to ensure that your mail is forwarded to the correct address.
The cost of USPS Mail Forwarding service depends on how you submit your request. Here are the current fees as of 2023:
Note: You may incur additional fees if you need to extend mail forwarding beyond the initial forwarding period. Additionally, if you request mail forwarding for multiple people or businesses, there may also be additional fees. Be sure to check the USPS website for current pricing information.
Requests for USPS Mail Forwarding can take a while to process depending on how you submit your request and the volume of requests. Here’s what you can generally expect for processing times:
Note: Mail forwarding may take longer for international forwarding requests and for rural or remote areas. If you have not received confirmation that your mail forwarding has been processed after the expected timeframe. Follow up with your local post office to ensure that your request was received and processed.
If you don’t request USPS Mail Forwarding when you move, your mail will continue to be delivered to your old address. It can result in a variety of problems, including:
To avoid these problems, requesting USPS Mail Forwarding as soon as possible after you move is important. You won’t miss any important bills or notices with your mail forwarded to your new address.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about USPS Mail Forwarding:
Yes, USPS Mail Forwarding is available for international addresses. However, the processing time may take longer than for domestic addresses.
USPS Mail Forwarding lasts for a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 12 months. You can extend the service for up to 12 additional months if needed.
USPS Mail Forwarding will forward all of your mail unless you request otherwise. You can have only certain types of mail forwarded, such as first-class mail or packages, by filling out the PS Form 3575 at your local post office.
USPS Mail Forwarding is available for temporary moves as well. If you temporarily relocate, you can forward your mail for a shorter period, such as six months. If you move frequently, you must submit a new Change of Address form each time you move.
Yes, you can cancel or modify your mail forwarding request anytime. You can do this by visiting the USPS website, calling 1-800-ASK-USPS, or visiting your local post office.
Yes, USPS Mail Forwarding will automatically end after the specified period. You must submit an extension request if you need to continue forwarding your mail.
When you move, you can use USPS Mail Forwarding to redirect your mail to your new address. Requesting this service as soon as possible is essential to avoid missing important mail and bills. The processing time for mail forwarding requests can vary but generally takes 7-10 business days to begin.
It is easy to extend or modify your mail forwarding request online or at the post office. USPS Mail Forwarding can help make your move smoother and less stressful.