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Change Your Address and Other U.S. Post Office Services

Find answers to the most popular Post Office questions.

Change Your Address

Are you moving or want to rent a post office box? Learn how to change your address to continue receiving mail or reserve a box at your local post office.  

How to Change Your Address with the Postal Service

To let the post office know you are going to change your address and want your mail forwarded to your new location, you have two options:

  • Go to USPS.com/move to change your address online.
    • This is the fastest and easiest way, and you immediately get an email confirming the change.
    • There is a $1.05 charge to change your address online. You will need a credit or debit card and a valid email address. The $1.05 charge to your card is an identity verification fee to prevent fraud and make sure you're the one making the change.
    • Warning: You don't need to pay a separate company to change your address. Scammers may charge $40 or more to do what you can do for just $1.05 using the moving section of the official USPS.com website.
  • Go to your local post office and request a Mover/s Guide packet.
    • Inside the packet is PS Form 3575. Fill out this change of address form and give it to a postal worker behind the counter. Or, drop it into the letter mail slot inside the post office.
    • You should receive a confirmation letter at your new address in five business days.

How to Temporarily Change Your Mailing Address or Hold Your Mail at a Post Office

How to Change or Cancel Your Request

  • 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. This applies if you get Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits. Or, you can change your address using your my Social Security account if you’re 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 – You may need to contact your state election office to change your address on your voter registration record. See how to change your voter registration information

How to Rent or Renew a Post Office Box

Learn the steps to reserve or renew and pay online for a post office box.

How to File a Complaint About a Post Office 

Learn how to file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service.

Forward or Hold Your Mail

Are you making a temporary move or heading out of town? The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can forward your mail to a new address or hold it at your local post office for a limited time.

Forward Your Mail

If your move is temporary, the USPS can forward your mail from your old address to a new one for 15 days to one year.

Hold Your Mail

If you'll be away for three to 30 days, USPS can hold your mail at your local post office until you return. You can typically request this service as early as 30 days in advance or as late as the day before you want the hold to start. 

  • Begin by creating or signing in to your USPS account. You can check to see if hold mail service is available for your address and choose the dates for your hold mail request.
    • Note: USPS has added an extra one-time-only security measure for online hold mail requests. You'll need to verify your identity online through a mobile phone passcode or request an identity verification passcode to be mailed to your address. If you're not able to complete the identity verification online, you can still place a hold on your mail by going to your local post office. 
  • If you want your mail held for longer than 30 days, sign up for the USPS mail forwarding service.

For a permanent move, learn how to change your address with the USPS.

File a Complaint with the U.S. Postal Service

Do you have a complaint, compliment, or suggestion for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)? Maybe you’re looking for more information about USPS’s services. There are several ways to let them know:

  • Use the USPS website’s Email Us form. Select an inquiry type that most closely relates to the complaint or question that you have. On the website, you can also file a claim or request a refund for shipping.

  • Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or TTY: 1-800-877-8339.

  • Speak to the station manager (postmaster) at a local post office.

  • Write to the U.S.  Postal Service’s Consumer Advocate office at:

United States Postal Service

Office of the Consumer Advocate

475 L’ Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, D.C. 20260-2200

Theft, Fraud, or Waste by the USPS or a USPS Employee

File a complaint with the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by:

Mail Fraud or Theft by a Person or Company

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement agency that protects the mail system. Contact them to report:

Comment or Complain About a Policy Change

To comment or complain about a major policy change, such as postage rates, contact the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). You can do so by using their online contact form.

Find ZIP Codes and Post Offices

You can find ZIP Codes and post office locations, and track a package with online tools from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  

ZIP Code

Use the ZIP Code lookup tool to search for a ZIP Code by address, city, company name, or partial address. You can also search for all city/town names in a ZIP Code.

Post Office

Use the Post Office Locator to search for post offices, approved postal providers, self service kiosks, collection boxes, and other services.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2020

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