Change of Address Checklist for Your Next Move

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As often as my family changes addresses (for me it has been 5 in the past 7 years), I should be an expert. However, when we moved from Texas to California I assumed I had made all the necessary changes to our addresses but forgot the Amazon shipping address I normally used was not updated and sent all of our Christmas presents that year to our OLD address in Texas. MAJOR fail. Do not end up in a situation like me and have to explain to your spouse why we would be opening our presents after Christmas. Here is a simple list of all the places you should make sure to update with your new address after a move!


  • Post office: This is the first step to take to changing your address and will allow for 12 months of mail to be forwarded.

  • Banking:
    • Order new checks with your updated address
    • Make sure your credit card and debit card billing addresses are updated
  • Insurance (car, home, renters etc.)

  • Utilities
    • Water
    • Gas
    • Electricity
    • Internet (check for a military clause, for changing or cancelling with no penalty due to new orders)
    • Cable (check for a military clause)
  • Cell phone

  • Driver’s License
    Just because you are moving to a new state doesn’t mean you need a new driver’s license depending on where you claim residency; you just need to update the address on your current license. For example, I have a Texas license with a California address. More about the Residency relief act here.

  • Voter Registration: You want to ensure you receive your absentee ballots in a timely manner!

  • Family and Friends: Tell your friends and family- free change of address announcements

  • Magazine/Periodical subscriptions

  • Shopping/Coupons: Do you receive coupons in the mail? Update your shipping address for the major retailers you want coupons from.

  • Health Care providers: Ensure your old Doctor, Dentist even veterinarian have your new address in case you need records sent.

  • The default ship-to address in the “My Account” section of the online retailers you shop the most (Amazon, for example)


I also keep a document on my computer with a list of my previous addresses, (after so many they are hard to remember by heart) this is good to have for background checks and for your reference. It is also good to have a hard copy of this list in your PCS binder.


What have I missed? Do you have a lessons learned story (like mine) you can share in the comments?


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