Your moving process includes many tasks that must be completed. Making a to-do list will help you stay organized and prevent you from forgetting something important. Notifying people and organizations where you are moving should be done before your moving date. Here is a checklist of 6 people and places you need to notify when you move.
1. The Most Important Organization to Notify When You Move: Post Office
The United States Post Office (USPS) recommends that you submit your change of address request two weeks before your moving date. The USPS will forward your mail to your new address for six months. The quickest and easiest way is to make your request online. A $1.05 fee will be charged to your credit or debit card for security reasons.
2. The Next Place to Notify When You Move: Division of Motor Vehicles
Change the address on your driver’s license and vehicle registration within 30 days after you move. Visit DMV.org to find everything you need to change your driver’s license, registration, and vehicle title. There’s also information about DMV fees and forms. It is illegal to have an outdated or incorrect address on your driver’s license. If caught, you may be issued a ticket or fine. It is important to remember to notify the DMV when you move.
3. Notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as soon as possible and before you file your taxes. It takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks for the IRS to process your address change. Submit Change Address Forms 8822 and 8822-B. You can order the form by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) or by downloading and printing Forms 8822 and 8822-B.
4. Notify Your Credit Card Companies and Banking Institutions
You need to notify your credit card companies before you move so that you don’t miss any bills. Late credit card bills can result in delayed payments which will affect your credit score and interest rate.
If your current bank does not serve your new area, open new checking and savings accounts with a bank in your new city. If you change banking institutions, remember to change any direct deposits that may be affected.
5. Notify Your Insurance Companies
The most common forms of insurance are your home, health, and car insurance. Contact your auto insurance company first since auto insurance policies may vary based on the state you live in.
6. Notify Your Medical Providers
Here are some medical providers you may need to notify when you move:
- Primary Care Physicians
- Mail Order Pharmacies
Lastly, don’t forget to tell the people you care about your new address. Sending out a mass email is the easiest way.