When you are getting ready to move, one of the things that is likely on your “to do” list is to turn in a US Postal Service Address Change form to your post office. This ensures that mail that is still addressed to your old address will be forwarded to your new one. But people getting ready to move are very busy, and may not want the hassle of going to the post office to find the form and fill it out. There is now good news for busy movers. You can now fill out a USPS Change of Address online in as little as 2 minutes!
You could go to the USPS website to submit an online change of address. But there is a hassle involved with that too. The online form is hard to find on the site. When you do find it, it is several pages long. There is a $1.00 charge for the “convenience” and for “identity verification”. Finally, you need to enter your credit card information to pay the charge. It is more of a hassle than it needs to be.
The good news is that there are now 3rd party sites that will submit your USPS Change of Address to the Postal service on your behalf for free. There is a simple one page form that takes 2 minutes to fill out. You simply go to the site, fill out the form, and click “submit” and they will promptly and securely send the information to the Postal Service. There is no searching to find the form, no credit card is required. You will receive verification of your address change by email and by regular mail at your old and new addresses.
What’s the catch, you ask? It is not really a “catch”. The sites simply want to be able to give you coupons and inform you of special offers for services at your new location. For example, they may send you special offers for cable TV, satellite, telephone service, or coupons for the local hardware or home improvement store. These offers can save you $100s of dollars per year should you decide to take advantage of them.