How to Forward USPS Mail

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Forwarding your mail is a simple, straightforward process.
Forwarding your mail is a simple, straightforward process. (Image: mail box image by Joelyn Pullano from Fotolia.com)

If you plan to move or relocate temporarily, you should get your mail forwarded. If you forward your mail well in advance of your move, you should see little or no delay in mail delivery. You have several options to forward your mail with the U.S. Postal Service. You can do so online, in person or by telephone. To change your address online or by telephone, you will need a valid credit or debit card. In addition, if you change your address online, you need a valid email address.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Credit or debit card
  • Pen
  • Telephone

Forwarding Your Mail Online

Go to usps.com.

Click the "Receiving Mail" drop-down menu.

Choose the first option, "Change your address." The change of address page opens.

Read the Privacy Act statement and click the "Click Here to Begin" arrow. Follow the steps on each page, and click "Continue" when you finish with each page. Be sure to record your confirmation number.

In Person

Get a copy of the Change of Address form (PS form 3575). You can print it out online, ask your mail carrier for one or pick it up from your local post office. If you pick it up from the office, the forms are in the Mover's Guide pamphlet.

Fill out the form.

Return the form to the post office. You have three options: mail it to the post office, deliver it in person or give it to your postal carrier. There is no fee to process the form in person.

By Telephone

Call 800-ASK-USPS (275-8777). You need a valid credit or debit card to complete the process.

Say "Change of Address" when prompted.

Answer the questions about your new address. Be sure to record the confirmation number.

Tips & Warnings

  • It costs $1 to verify your address online or over the telephone (billed to the credit card/debit card you must provide). There is no charge if you change your address in person.
  • It takes seven to 10 business days to process a Change of Address that you delivered in person.

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