A Student Preapringto Submit Change Of Address Form.

The ultimate guide to change of address process

When starting your new life and moving to college you might consider an official change of address. If your college choice is far away from your home, this step will be necessary to make. It is recommended to do it sooner than later, at least two weeks before moving! Different services require different deadlines in providing the necessary paperwork. But have no fear, following a few easy steps will get you through it!

Step 1: Change of address with the USPS

Any change of address longer than 6 months, counts as permanent, and therefore, procedures have to be followed. The fastest and safest way is to have your address changed online with the US Post Office Service. It costs only 1.05 dollars, and it has to be charged from your personal credit card.

A man putting a letter in a USPS mailbox.
Make sure to start change of address process on time, at least 2 weeks before the move!

That way, USPS has a confirmation of your identity. You can do it by requesting a change of address paper form in a Post Office.

Step 2: Pay attention to details when filling out forms

Pay attention to fill out forms and make sure not to leave any significant details! It is important to fill in dates when changes will take effect.

Step 3: Notifying your College register office

After changing your address with USPS, your next step is to contact the College register office. That will require more form filling (online or in-person, depending on a college policy). You will need your social security number with you. After filling the forms, your paperwork is done. Although, you will have to fill forms in the College office registry every time you change the place where you live as a student. That includes a change of address of private accommodation or a different dorm.

Step 4: Notifying necessary services and government agencies

Have in mind that change of address with the U.S. Postal Service will not update the change with other government agencies such as IRS, Social Security Administration,  State Motor Vehicle Agencies, State Election Office, or any other government agency you might use (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, etc.)

Step 5: Notifying local DMV about the change of address

If you own a car or any other motor vehicle, your license address should reflect your resident address. If your resident address doesn’t match your license, you could be fined for the violation. The process is not the same in every state, and the deadlines, fees, and required paperwork may vary. Make contact with your local DMV and get acquainted with the procedure on time!

A man filling the change of address form.
When filling out the change of address forms, always pay attention to details and be specific

Step 6: Notify personal contacts and subscriptions about your change of address

When we go through this process, we often focus on college administration. Do not forget to notify services such as the internet provider, phone company, different subscriptions (magazines, music, books). And let’s not forget personal contacts – friends and relatives!

Step 7: You are ready!

If you’ve sorted the change of address procedure with the required services, you are ready to take the final step. Start packing! The process is stressful. Make sure to prepare properly and hire reliable movers, in order to make this transition smooth as it can be. Also, be careful when hiring assistance, because you want to avoid all possible mishaps and fraudulent activities.

Having to think about all the administrative work during your college transition might seem like a stressful thing. Still, it is necessary and good practice when it comes to responsibility and the start of your independence. After all, the change of address process will be your beginning of a new life chapter! Good luck!