Where else will I forget to change my address after I move? #Moving#moving in together March 4 2016 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Betsy Johnson mailbox purse My cat and I just moved in with my boyfriend. Aside from the one time I moved from one apartment to another in the same building, this has been the easiest move ever. It's basically within the same zip code. (I don't get around much.) But by far the biggest annoyance about the move is changing my address. There are so many places that I keep realizing that I need to tell about my address change. Some of them made the move feel ultra-official, and some of them seem pointless until they really bite you in the ass later… Obviously the bank and credit cards. Amazon and/or your favorite shopping website — The first time I had something Primed to me, and it never showed up… yeah, oops. I quickly made it Amazon-official after that. Waze — If you're a Los Angeleno, you live and die by the Waze app. And the moment I changed my official home address on that little app, I felt a moment of happy chills. Car insurance policy — That one's a pain in the ass, because then they want to call and chat about it and possibly change your plan. Ugh. That one savings account that you forgot about — You obviously got your bank account switched over, because you want your billing and your shipping address to be the same when you're internet shopping, but don't forget about those other non-primary bank accounts. Your work — I'm not sure how long I let my paycheck continue to be sent to my apartment after I moved out, probably too long. USPS mail forwarder, which is a thing I didn't know existed until Ariel told me about it. Help! What other places am I forgetting to update my new address? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS A clever (and pretty!) way to keep cats away from breakables NEXT Put the fun back in funeral: I threw a surprise birthday funeral for my metamour Show/Hide comments [ 40 ] DMV/RMV This isn't changing your address, but make sure to register to vote at your new address! I found that I missed one or two address changes by way of a notice from those companies that they received an update of my address from USPS so definitely make sure to change your address with USPS. Reply On the plus side, if you do forget to change your address for your voter registration and live in the same general area, you can still vote- you just have to go a bit farther! Reply Not if you live in a vote-by-mail state, like Oregon! 🙂 Reply If you live in Canada and forget to update your address for an election (or are just on vacation or something), you can still vote anywhere theres a polling station – even if its a completely different province than your assigned station in a federal election. It will, however, be a bit of a hassle for everyone involved as the poll workers will have to take down all of your information to confirm your eligibility to vote, and then your vote has to get sent to the right station and be confirmed to not be a double and added to the count so your vote wont be immediately added. So just update your information once an elections been called to avoid all that, or if you're away from home, signing up to vote by mail can often even be done entirely online. Reply Your cell phone bill, if you still get paper statements. Definitely don't want the next rando looking at who you called. Reply I finally made a master list after having six addresses in about 7 years (not all may apply): Identity: drivers license/ID voter registration USPS change of address form Work: HR/Payroll Health insurance Resume Money: banks credit cards investments retirement account(s) from old jobs, etc. Utilities: Cell phone Landline Internet provider Cable company Electricity Water Gas/heat company Online: PayPal, Amazon, ebay, whatever your regular stops are Transit: car registration car insurance auto club bicycle registration transit passes Social: Family Friends College alumni offices Other clubs and organizations that mail you things Magazine subscriptions Reply Oh this is awesome. I totally forgot about Paypal and eBay! Reply Yes! I don't know how many times I lost online orders because it would revert the shipping address to an old paypal address instead of the one I'd entered with the site. Or vice versa depending on the move. Reply This is so helpful, Sue! Saving for future reference. Thank you! Reply I'm adding some ideas I've remembered and that others mentioned: Doctors' offices Gym-update/cancel membership Charities Library card Pet registration/vet/chip Reply Student loans! Reply Renter's/homeowner's insurance. Can you tell I've moved again? I keep finding things that didn't make the list. 🙂 Reply Animal Control. Completely forgot about this one because, frankly, who thinks about it? But my renewal for my dogs' licences didn't show up at my new address, completely forgot about it and ended up having to pay more because I didn't renew in time. Reply I'd add the microchip address to this pet related list. Reply Yes! This is so important. When we went to the shelter to get a new cat, they had a thirteen year old cat there whose microchip has two out of date phone numbers as the only contact information, so even though they tried to contact the owner, they couldn't. Maybe that's on purpose, but in any case, you don't want that to happen by accident. Reply My big list from my last move (and in preparation for my next one), in rough order of priority: – Bank – credit card – Electricity – Telephone – Water – Internet – TV License – insurance – My employer – OH employer (not so relevant to you, but if you're down as an emergency contact worth making sure no one is phoning your old flat!) – Publishers – HMRC – student loan – Council Tax – Voter registration – Doctors – Dentist – Driving licenses – library – Amazon – Paypal – Etsy – ebay – LibraryThing – wine club – online food shopping (never use, so now refer to some very old addresses!) – various loyalty cards – magazine subscription (good chance to cancel and then resubscribe for a cheaper 'new customer' offer!) – people! Reply Why is the wine club so far down on that list!? That would be hovering right around #2 for me. 😉 Reply If you order delivery online, make sure you change that address, too! Last thing you want is your move-in day pizza going to your old place. Reply AHHH!!! You motherfuckinggenius,you! Reply Also in Canada, you update it with the Canada Revenue Agency and on your Health card Reply Your online food delivery app! Also, I know that I'm one of like 7 twenty-somethings who still subscribes to magazines, but make sure you update those too. Reply Fun times… I change it with all the places I can think of and the post office. Then, when I get a forwarded letter from the old address with the yellow sticker from the post office, I make sure to call that place and change the address with them, too. There is always somewhere that you forget, or somewhere that you tell 3 times and they still send it to the wrong place. Also, if you friends or family like to send you mail or presents, make sure to tell them the new address, too. I used to send a mass email to people who send me regular mail saying that I moved and the new address and current/same cell phone #… But, I'm not sure if people still do this. Reply If you have to license pets where you live, contact the licensing bureau to update your address where you live. Also update your vet on your new address! Reply Opticians and DVLA for your car registration docs (V5 log book? The blue and red and yellow document) you need that updated for vehicle tax and (hopefully not) any speeding fines or similar. Other than that, MinaKelly's got all the UK ones that I can think of. Also, yes, you do need to do HMRC separately. My workplace pension was updated via HR but HMRC want you to tell them separately Reply If you do any charitable giving, don't forget to let your favorite nonprofits know! Also, I usually announce my new address to my family and friends via closed Facebook message. That way, I still get any christmas cards and wedding invites they are trying to send to me. I missed a RSVP date for a wedding because I forgot to tell the bride my address had changed. She was super gracious about it though and I was still able to attend! Reply "Charitable giving." This. Easy to forget about because I often only get a few pieces of mail from them per year and that post office forward service is only for a few months. But in January when I start looking for all my tax documents….. Reply Places I have forgotten to change my address and lived to regret my life decisions: – Ikea catalogue (Like, what even is living without it?) – Same for Uncommon Goods, Think Geek and American Science & Surplus – Maker's Mark Ambassador Program – Subscription boxes Reply Super timely! My huge house is finally breaking up after 4 years, so we're moving in a few weeks. The post office thing is my first move. As I'm doing my taxes I'll generate a list of financial places too. And register to vote. After that I like another lady face's strategy of paying attention to which mail has the forwarding sticker and doing that. I'll need to be careful with the online places that I don't just blindly check out with the same address! Luckily Amazon lets you change orders after they're placed. Reply Change/disable all your one click checkout accounts to prevent accidents! The post office in the UK so a mail forwarding service, I'm hoping that catches anything I miss next week Reply This is a very timely post! Mr SB and I are house hunting and may move this summer, depending on how things go. So I'll be bookmarking this for future reference since there's tons of good suggestions in this post! 🙂 Reply We're in the same boat. Hoping to be in a home of our own before next winter. I was pretty good about changing my address when I moved out of my parent's house and in with my now husband. He was not. We lived together for nearly three years before he changed his address on ANYTHING! So, I know I'll be taking the lead on this when we do finally find a house =P Reply As an aside, consider getting a post office box. It's not for everyone but if you anticipate moving around or if you're concerned about your physical address being out there for safety reasons it could be a good option – if you're okay remembering to go check it. A girl I knew got a PO box her freshman year of college, and that was a fricking GENIUS move. Where the rest of us were having to update addresses each year when we changed apartments, she still had almost everything going to the same place. In retrospect, I wish I had done that. Reply My parents have had a PO Box pretty my whole life and they're also good if you have any concerns about large packages being left unattended on a porch. We share our front porch with a business so people are on it all day long going in and out of the business. We have one of those dinky little metal mailboxes on the side of the house so nothing bigger than an envelope can fit in there. So I always use my parents' PO Box address when getting anything shipped to me. That way it says in the post office until I pick it up. Reply One of my credit cards had two different places to update an address on their website. I was getting normal mail from them so I didn't notice the problem – until I was supposed to receive a new card and never did. They had sent it to my (doubly) old address because that was still in their main address field. So check for weird things like that. I've moved a zillion times, and that was a first for me. Reply Oh god yes, things that have a "postal address", "billing address", "contact address", "misc address" and the rest drive me nuts. Especially online shopping, where you're likely to have a bunch of friends and family addresses in there too, and you'll suddenly find you've defaulted your billing to great auntie amy's when you deleted your old shipping address. Reply Groans, that time it took me like 5 or more emails to get that one place to stop calling me Mrs. Hotel City, because I had something shipped there (Hotel City, c/o my name….) with amazon, and then amazon gave this other place my "new address" when I ordered something from them through amazon………. Reply Don't forget your Dr/Dentist! Also your club memberships like Costco. Reply If you're registered with a bone marrow donation registry, or anything like that. This probably falls under charitable giving, which has been mentioned already, but this one is one that's SUPER easy to forget about, because normally, you don't ever hear from them. Reply If your dog or cat is microchipped, don't forget to change the address and phone number tied to that. So many chipped pets are not returned due to out dated information Also any past employers from that year that need to send you tax info in the spring. Reply One that I forgot about… Professional Licensure Boards. You only hear from them at renewal time, so if you move midway through the active cycle you might forget. I did until that mail came nearly too late with the yellow forwarding sticker. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.