Change of Address Checklist: Who to Notify First

Jun 6, 2012

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There are so many things to take care of when you move—packing, reserving a truck, and coordinating moving help. Changing your address may be the last thing on your mind. But this list will help you prioritize which companies to notify prior to your move and which ones can wait until after.

The first and most important change of address you’ll want to make is with the United States Postal Service. You can do this online or at at a nearby post office.

Prior to Moving

These companies will need to know about your change of address prior to your move so that they can transfer your services to your new home. Change of Address - Before You Move

  • Electric/Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Trash/Waste
  • Telephone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pest control
  • Home security

After Moving

Government Agencies

You’ll want to make sure you change your address with these important government agencies.

Change of Address - Government Agencies

Financial Institutions 

Although it would be nice to move and not tell your credit card company where to find you, it’s probably in your best interest—and the best interest of your credit score—to notify the following financial institutions.

  • Banks/Credit unions including credit card companies
  • Investment brokers
  • Lenders (automotive, home, personal, etc.)
  • Credit reporting agencies

Change of Address - Financial Institutions

Rest of the World

Now that the government and bill collectors know where to find you, you’ll want to make sure that the rest of the world knows, too.

  • Medical (doctor, dentist, optometrist, pharmacy, insurance company, etc.)
  • Automotive insurance company
  • Professional associations/Clubs/Church
  • Licensing/Certification boards
  • Schools/Daycare
  • Magazine/Newspaper subscriptions
  • Friends and family


Change of Address - Rest of the World
Who else should you notify when you change your address? Tell us in the comments section below!

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