What Type of USPS Change of Address Form Should I Select?

One of the most important tasks when moving is to forward your mail and packages. We know that when it comes to selecting which type of Official United States Postal Service Change of Address Form you need, things can be, well… tricky.

The first thing that you need to know about USPS forwarding services is that you can select to file one of three different kinds of Change of Address Forms – Individual, Family, or Business; keep in mind there is a small verification fee. In case you’re forwarding your mail for the first time, we put together a short guide to explain who should fill out each type of form.

Individual Change of Address Form

  • Calling all singles! If you want to forward mail for yourself – and only yourself – an Individual Change of Address Form is for you.

  • If you live in the same household with multiple people who have different last names (calling all roommates!) – and you want their mail to be forwarded as well – you will need to file a separate form for each person. That’s right – one for yourself; one for your roommate, Oliver Orange; and one for grandma Piper Purple upstairs.

Pro-tip: Wondering how to do this within Updater? Once you've successfully submitted your first change of address form, simply go back to the Forward Your Mail step in your Dashboard, and click on "File Another Form" near the bottom of the page to fill out another form under a different name.

Family Change of Address Form

  • If everyone in your household shares the same last name, you can simply file one form and select Family as the Change of Address Form type. This notifies the USPS that you want mail forwarded for everyone in the household that shares the same last name.

Business Change of Address Form

  • File a Business Change of Address Form if you’re authorized to forward mail on behalf of your business.

From there, you should expect to land in “mail forwarding bliss” within the next 12 days. Why? It can take the USPS up to 12 business days to process your change of address request, which means that the postal service will hold your mail and it will resume on or after the start date that you select on your form.

You can find these forms at your local post office or you can change your address online


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