How to Complete a Post Office Change of Address Online

Visit the USPS website to avoid going to the post office

A wall of post office boxes

Ovido Ferreria/Eyeme/Getty Images

If you're moving, you don't have to make a trip to the post office to set up mail forwarding. It's now possible to complete a post office change of address online. You can also track packages and buy stamps on the USPS website.

Instructions in this article apply to the official website of the US Postal Service, USPS.com.

Change of Address Services at USPS.com

The USPS offers three types of mail forwarding:

  • Temporary Change of Address: Receive first class mail and periodicals at a different address for up to 60 days. Some packages and marketing materials are excluded.
  • Permanent Change of Address: Receive first class mail from an old address for 12 months and periodicals for 60 days. Some packages and marketing materials are excluded.
  • Premium Forwarding Service (PFS-Residential): Receive all mail from a residence in a single weekly shipment for up to 12 months.

Changing your address with the postal service online doesn't grantee you'll get all of your mail at your new residence. The USPS will eventually stop forwarding mail with your old address on it, so you must also change your address with other services you regularly get mail from, including your bank. Any packages shipped through FedEx or UPS will still go to whichever address the sender provided.

The USPS charges a $1 fee for online address changes. You'll need a valid credit card to complete the process.

How to Change Your Post Office Address Online

To set up temporary or permanent mail forwarding on the USPS website:

  1. Go to https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/ and select Get Started.

    Go to https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/ and select Get Started.
  2. Choose your type of address.

    Select the type of address on the USPS website.
  3. Enter your personal information.

    Enter your personal information on the USPS website.
  4. Select Permanent or Temporary, then select a start date for mail forwarding.

    Select Permanent or Temporary, then select a start date for mail forwarding on the USPS website.
  5. Enter your old address.

    Enter your old address on the USPS website.
  6. Enter the new address.

    Enter the new address on the USPS website.
  7. If your new residence was built in the past six months, check the box at the end of the form, then select Next.

    If your new residence was built in the past six months, check the box at the end of the form, then select Next.
  8. Review and confirm the information you provided.

    Review and confirm the information you provided on the USPS website.
  9. Opt into informed delivery to recieve daily emails about your incoming mail, or leave the checkbox blank and select Next.

    Opt into informed delivery to recieve daily emails about your incoming mail, or leave the checkbox blank and select Next.
  10. You'll be asked to provide a billing address for your payment method. You can choose either address you already provided, or you can enter a new one.

    You will be asked to provide a billing address for your payment method on the USPS website.

    If your billing address is different from your old or new address, your mail forwarding date may be pushed back a few days so that the USPS can verfiy your identity.

  11. Indicate whether the information you provided is your own, or if you're helping someone else change their address.

    Indicate whether the information you provided is your own, or if you're helping someone else change their address.
  12. Complete the CAPTCHA and select Next.

    Complete the CAPTCHA and select Next on the USPS website.
  13. Enter your payment method information.

    Enter your payment method information on the USPS website.
  14. Verify that the information you provided is correct and select Next.

    Verify that the information you provided is correct and select Next on the USPS website.
  15. You can choose to recieve a variety coupons to help with your move, or just select Continue.

    You can choose to recieve a variety coupons to help with your move on the USPS website, or just select Continue.
  16. Select the checkbox to update your voter registration, then select Continue.

    Select the checkbox to update your voter registration, then select Continue.
  17. Check your email to find an email from USPS.com confirming your address change.

    Check your email to find an email from USPS.com confirming your address change.

What Else Can You Do at USPS.com?

In addition to changing your address online, you can do many other things at the USPS website including:

  • Track packages
  • Purchase stamps
  • Set up a post office box
  • Apply for a passport
  • Print shipping labels
In addition to changing your address online, you can do many other things at the USPS website.