How to Forward Your Mail with USPS
A step-by-step guide on how to use USPS services to forward your mail, including both standard and premium options.
Forwarding your mail with the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a straightforward process that can be done online or in person at your local post office. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step 1: Decide on the Type of Service
USPS offers two types of mail forwarding services: Standard Mail Forwarding and Premium Forwarding Service. Standard Mail Forwarding is free and lasts for 12 months, while Premium Forwarding Service is a paid service that offers more flexibility and control over when and where you receive mail.
Standard Mail Forwarding
- Visit the official USPS Change of Address page.
- Fill out the form, specifying whether the move is "Individual," "Family," or "Business."
- Verify your identity online or at a Post Office with a photo ID.
- Pay the $1.10 identity verification fee.
- USPS will email you a confirmation code. Use this code if you need to modify or cancel your request.
- A welcome kit with coupons from USPS partners will arrive at your new address.
- Mail will be rerouted to your new address piece by piece.
Premium Forwarding Service
- Visit the Premium Forwarding Service Residential page.
- Create or log in to your free USPS.com account.
- Complete the form. You will see a total for the whole forwarding period, but you will only be charged the weekly fee. You can remove or add weeks to your request if your plans change.
- With Premium Forwarding Service Residential (PFS-Residential), your mail is packed up at your local Post Office™ facility and forwarded weekly by Priority Mail.
In-Person Mail Forwarding
- Visit your local Post Office location with an acceptable photo ID.
- Request a free Mover's Guide packet.
- Fill out the PS Form 3575 found inside the packet, and give it to the retail associate. They will use your photo ID to verify your identity, then process your change of address request.
Remember, the USPS is there to help make your move smoother. If you have any issues or questions, don't hesitate to contact them for assistance.