Congratulations! You're moving! The big day is finally here. Everything is packed and ready to go, and you can't wait to see what this new home has in store for you. Throughout the process of house hunting, negotiating, packing, and trying to keep up with your daily life, you may not have thought about who should know your address is changing. In order to ensure important information isn't being sent to your old home's new residents, check out this list of who should know about your change of residency.
1. The post office
The people who handle your mail should know where they're sending (or not sending) it to. Thankfully, changing your address with the post office can now be done online for the low price of $1. Head on over to the U.S Postal Service website to get started!
2. Your employer
I know you probably have your check directly deposited, but make sure your employer knows where to send important documents. Tax forms, account statements, and any other personal documents are not fun when they end up in the wrong hands. Make sure to tell your HR department that your mailing address has changed so you can have peace of mind knowing your records are safe.
While your agent should remind you to do this, it's important to make sure you're not paying for utilities you're not using. Talk to your water, electricity, gas, cable, and internet providers to ensure you're only paying your bills.
4. Banks, credit card issuers, and other financial institutions
In this day and age, financial institutions, such as banks, credit unions, and credit card companies, allow you to change your address online. It is crucial that this is done, as you do not want important financial information being sent to anyone except you.
5. The DMV
Whether you're new to Louisiana or have lived here your whole life, you only have a few days to notify the DMV of your new address. Check out the Louisiana DMV website to see what all you need and how to go about the process.
6. Insurance providers
Having the wrong address on any policy, be it health, life, dental, car, or homeowner's insurance, can cause problems when making a claim. To make your life easier in the future, make sure to alert all of your insurance providers that your address has changed.
7. The IRS
If your tax return or other tax information get sent to the wrong place, you could be in trouble. You can change your address with the IRS online, by mail, or over the phone.
8. Cellphone provider
Your residence determines the tax rate on your wireless bill. Get that updated with them ASAP- it could save you some money.
9. Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration often sends paper statements. These statements contain detailed information on your earnings and contributions you've paid through payroll taxes—information that should be kept private. You can submit a change-of-address application online or by calling 800-772-1213.
Also, don’t forget to update your address with Medicare, Medicaid, or any other government programs.
10. Voter registration
Voting is an important part of living in this country. If you want to be able to vote in upcoming elections, make sure your address is updated. In some states when you change your address at the DMV, your voter registration is updated as well. Contact the office of your registrar of voters to confirm.
11. Your doctor, dentist, and other health specialists
To avoid missing and falling behind on your medical bills, update your mailing address with all of your health care providers.
12. TSA Precheck/Global Entry
You may have a TSA Precheck or Global Entry pass that lets you take an express lane. To keep your membership valid, you'll have to update the address on your account by calling 855-347-8371 or submitting an update request online.
13. Shopping websites
If you like online shopping, chances are your address is store in all of your favorite online stores. Sending your beloved purchases there may be heartbreaking. Take a few minutes to update your address online so you can get those packages as quickly as possible.
14. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions
Missing the latest fashion or sports article is not fun! If you still have newspaper or magazine subscriptions, let them know where you want those sent.
15. Family and friends
Of course you want those closest to you to know you've moved! Let them know where to send Christmas cards, birthday money, wedding invitations, or the grandkids!