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Why Does USPS Charge For Change Of Address Online?

By David Krug 5 minute read

It’s incredible that the USPS is able to keep up with the volume of parcels they ship every day, as well as other customer requests.

What’s the matter? Are there additional costs that will be incurred as a result of moving? Your question has been answered.

What will the postal service’s address change fees be in 2022?

The US Postal Service does charge a fee for an address change, but it is only $1.10 per change. Your local post office or USPS.com allow you to update your mailing address and pay the associated fee in person or online, as appropriate. Any site charging more than $1.10 for a change of address is committing fraud.

Here, you’ll find all the information you need about changing your address, how to recognize a change-of-address scam, and how long the USPS will forward your mail after an address change.

How much does the United States Postal Service charge to update an address?

Only the USPS website (or a trip to your local post office) can be used to update your address, and it costs just $1.10 to do so.

For MyMove, the fee is less of a money-making scheme by USPS and more of a fraud safeguard.

What do you mean?

By requiring customers to use a credit or debit card with either their old or new address attached, mail cannot be redirected to an unknown recipient.

When making a purchase over the internet, the need for a face-to-face meeting is even more critical.

Do you know how to change your USPS mailing address?

Changing your address with the United States Postal Service is simple and convenient, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your new or old home.

Visit USPS and look for the “Quick Tools” header.

It will open a drop-down menu if you click on the button. Bottom row, left-hand side, “Change My Address” tool.

Fill out your contact information, answer a few questions and enter your old and new addresses in the official change of address form by clicking this link.

You can use a single “lump” Change of Address form if you have a large family with the same last name.

Otherwise, each member of your household with a different last name will have to fill out a separate application.

If you’d rather not change your address online, you can fill out a PS Form 3575 at your local post office instead.

If you’re moving in the next two weeks, MyMove recommends submitting your address change.

USPS will have all of your information up to date by the time you arrive at your new address.

A Move Validation Letter and a Customer Notification Letter with a Welcome Kit will be sent to your old address by USPS.

Is USPS Required to Alert Senders When Their Addresses Have Changed?

Some mailers will be notified by the USPS if their address has changed, according to a letter carrier who has worked for the postal service for 30 years.

However, it’s probably best to assume that most mailers won’t be willing to pay for this additional service.

As a result, the United States Postal Service (USPS) does not notify the sender of a change of address; rather, the mover is responsible for informing all relevant parties of their new location.

How long does it take to move?

The US Postal Service’s Change of Address tool is only meant to be used for a short period of time. For a full year, you’ll receive First-Class mail in this manner.

Different kinds of mail have different delivery times.

Additionally, Priority Mail Express and Retail Ground will be sent to you for a year; however, magazines are only valid for 60 days.

Adverts and catalogs are not forwarded at all, so you won’t receive them (although they always seem to find us).

Specifying forwarding instructions with the US Postal Service is required if you want to keep receiving a particular piece of marketing mail at your new address.

What happens if you fail to notify the United States Postal Service (USPS) of your new address?

You may have forgotten about the Change of Address because of all the other things going on during a move.

The postal carrier will bring your mail back to the post office and leave you a notice if your mailbox is overflowing and no one is collecting the mail.

Ten days later, if you haven’t claimed the item, what can be sent back and what can’t get sent back or forwarded are thrown out.

For what reason did you have to pay $40 in order to move your address?

Fraudulent claims of an address change are on the rise. Changes to your mailing address must be made through the US Postal Service, and the fee is $1.10.

Fraudulent activity goes beyond that.

Scam sites pop up when people search for “Change my address” or similar terms. The sites’ titles are misleading, like this one:

Notice how the one result has even titled itself “USPSChange of Address,” in order to fool the reader into thinking it’s affiliated with the post office (the URL indicates that it is not).

In some cases, sites like these may charge you $1 upfront, then use your credit card information to charge you $40-60 (or even more) later, depending on the site.

However, the United States Postal Service charges $60 for a Change of Address.

According to their site, the USPS does not issue multiple Change of Address confirmation letters, except in exceptional circumstances.

The additional letter costs $60 in these cases.

See also our related posts on whether USPS updates tracking, whether USPS delivers to door, and whether USPS sends text messages for more information. USPS does not send text messages.

Bottom Line

The US Postal Service’s Change of Address service costs just $1.10.

Because USPS can check your bank information against either your old or new address, the small fee acts as a deterrent to identity theft.

The BBB should be contacted if a site charges more than that or does not include USPS.com in the URL.

David Krug

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