How to Forward Your Mail

How to Forward Your Mail. Don't let people lose track of you when you move. Arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address.

Step 1

Obtain a change of address order form from your local post office or the U.S. Postal Service's Web site ( Do this about one month before you move.

Step 2

Complete the change of address order form and include a start date to forward your mail from your old address to your new one.

Step 3

Return the completed form to the postal service or leave it with your outgoing mail.

Step 4

Receive a confirmation letter from the U.S. Postal Service.

Step 5

Understand that the postal service will forward first-class, priority and express mail to your new address for 12 months at no charge and periodicals for 60 days at no charge.


You'll need to specifically request mail forwarding of your third-class mail, such as catalogs, books, and advertisements that weigh more than 16 ounces.


If you move outside your local area, you're responsible for forwarding charges for fourth-class parcel-post packages and for nonpriority mail items that weigh more than 16 ounces.

Things You'll Need

  • Change Of Address Order Forms

  • Pens