3 STEPS ON HOW TO NOTIFY THE POST OFFICE OF A TEMPORARY CHANGE OF ADDRESS
According to research, in every seven people in the United States, one applies for a change of address every year. This usually brings up a challenge to the postal office taking care of all the requests while trying to maintain a high-quality repository for the current addresses. In order to request a change of address, the interested party can choose from three options; visiting the post office, applying via the internet or making a telephone call to the post office. Those contemplating a move should consider their options extra carefully, picking the option that best satisfies them. There are three major ways you can inform the post office of your intention to change address.
You can physically visit the post office and inform them of your intentions. It would require you to acquire a form PS 3575. The change of address process generally works well, and it saves on the verification fee as well as any inconveniences that may result from digital means. However, even though it is the easiest method available (especially if you just reside close to the post office), it has been noted that some improvements are needed in the way the hard copy requests are processed, authorized and validated. The Post Office employees are required to reject and return any orders that do not have a signature but in some instances unsigned forms find their way through and are approved. There have also been cases whereby there have been signature mismatches and whereby the employees sign the forms instead of the applicants. This has resulted in some customers being disgruntled and turning to alternative means of application.
Applying for a change in postal address can also be done via the internet. Using the digital alternative is a more convenient method and as a bonus, it is safer. An online application is also faster since all the credentials and any necessary information can be retrieved easily from the post office’s servers. For one to use the digital platform for a change of address, there is a service cost to be paid, though, at $1, it is very affordable. Visit the Postal Service website and fill out a Change of Address form. It is very important to indicate that it is a temporary move (not more than twelve months). After that, you are required to fill in your personal details, and a verification fee of $1 is required. This is used to verify your address information.
3. Via telephone
Change of address can also be made via telephone. Using the phone however mostly works in tandem with the other methods of application. This works via calling the post office’s hotline and requesting for a 3575 form, (the change of address form), to be mailed to your address. A verification fee is also required when making the change via phone to prevent fraud and identity theft. The filled in form can be mailed back to the post office or physically returned to the post office.