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Find tips and resources on how to hire movers for domestic and international moves, avoid moving fraud and report scam movers. Also, learn how to change your mailing address and utility services to your new home.
This is the fastest and easiest way, and you immediately get an email confirming the change.
There is a $1 charge to change your address online. You will need a credit or debit card and a valid email address. The $1 charge to your card is an identity verification fee to prevent fraud and make sure you’re the one making the change.
If you want to cancel or make any changes to your change of address request, you will need your confirmation number. Find that number on the letter or email you received when you made the initial request. View, update or cancel your request online.
Change Your Address with Other Government Agencies
Other federal and state agencies to contact when changing your address include:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Contact the IRS to change your address if you are expecting a tax refund or other mail. You can also change your address with the IRS by writing your new address in the appropriate boxes on your tax return when you file.
Social Security Administration (SSA) – Change your address online using your my Social Security account if you receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits or are enrolled in Medicare. If you don't receive Social Security benefits or Medicare or you want to change your address by phone or in person, contact the SSA.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Contact the VA if you are a veteran who receives benefit payments or you want to update your records.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – Contact USCIS within 10 days of a move if you are a non-U.S. citizen who is required to register your address.
State Motor Vehicle Agencies – Contact your state to change your address on your driver's license or motor vehicle registration.
State Election Offices – Contact your state election office to change your address on your voter registration record and to be assigned a new polling place if you’ve moved outside the boundaries of your current one.
When moving into a house or an apartment, you may have to pay for utility services like gas, electricity or water. You can apply for these services on the phone, online, or in person.
Starting Utility Services
Your city or county government may handle some utility services like water, sewage, and garbage collection. In many states, you can choose your telephone and energy service providers. Contact your state utility commission for a list of service providers and advice on making a choice. If you are a new utility customer or have a poor payment history, the utility company may require:
A security deposit
Letter of guarantee from someone who agrees to pay your bill if you don’t.
Switching Utility Providers
Your state's public utilities company may allow you to "unbundle" your utility service. This allows you to buy the utilities from one company and the delivery of them from another company. For more information on switching utility providers, contact your state's public utilities commission.
Once you have established service, you should start receiving your bills at regular intervals, usually monthly or quarterly. Utility bills depend on the amount of energy or water you actually use. But, if you live in an apartment complex, the amount you pay for some utilities may be prorated or split. Contact the service provider if you see charges you do not understand or didn't authorize on your bill.