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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.

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 .
  • Go to your 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

    • You can ask your local post office to temporarily change your address. .
    • Đang chơi bàiYour local post office may be able to hold your mail for a short period of time, such as during a vacation. However, this service is not available at all post offices.

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    How to Change or Cancel Your Request

    • Đang chơi bàiIf 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. .

    Change Your Address with Other Government Agencies

    • Other federal and state agencies to contact when changing your address include:

      • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  – 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 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, .

      • Đang chơi bàiDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) – if you are a veteran who receives benefit payments or you want to update your records.

      • Đang chơi bàiU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (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

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    How to File a Complaint About a Post Office 

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

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  • If you have an issue with a move across state lines, .

  • Đang chơi bàiIf you have a complaint about an intrastate move (a move within the boundaries of a state), contact your.

  • File a report using the .

  • How to Hire a Mover and Protect Yourself

    Get tools from to help you protect yourself against moving fraud. Keep these tips in mind to avoid moving scams:

    Do

    • Đang chơi bàiGet a company representative to come to your home for a realistic estimate of the move.

    • Get a written estimate from several movers. In general, estimates are based on time, the number of movers needed, who does the packing, and the number of rooms to be moved.

    • Đang chơi bàiVerify that the company is insured in case your goods are damaged during the move.

    • Đang chơi bàiAsk for the company’s U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number and to check if the company is registered.

    • Reach out to your local, county, or state consumer affairs agency or state attorney general to see if there is a complaint record.

    Don’t

    • Đang chơi bàiDon’t accept an estimate over the phone.

    • Đang chơi bàiDon’t sign a blank contract.

    • Don’t pay for the move in advance or in cash.

    • Don’t let movers start packing your goods into the truck without reviewing the contract and estimate again. Do this before the move starts.

    Get Help With International Moves

    Đang chơi bàiGet tips and resources about moving to another country.

    • Overseas moving estimates are based in part on how much space (cubic volume) your household goods occupy in a shipping container.

    • International moving may involve customs and import regulations.  Learn more by contacting you are relocating to. 

    • Before selecting a mover, make sure the company has a number. All legitimate international movers will have an FMC number.

    • You can file a complaint with the FMC’s .

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    Starting Utility Services

    Your local government may provide 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. If you are a new utility customer or have a poor payment history, the utility company may need:

    • A security deposit 
    • Letter of guarantee from someone who agrees to pay your bill if you don’t. 

    Switching Utility Providers

    Đang chơi bàiYour state's public utilities commission 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.

    Billing

    Đang chơi bàiYou should receive 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, a utility company may use a formula to calculate the amount you pay. Contact the service provider if your bill has charges you don't understand or approve.

    To Lower Your Utility Costs:

    • Explore  from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Apply for help from the  if you can't pay your bills. The benefits vary from state to state.

    File a Complaint

    File a complaint with the utility company if it doesn't meet its service requirements. Contact your state's utility commission if that does not work. 

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    Last Updated: July 23, 2020

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