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Old 01-25-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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After move: officially change mailing address?

We moved a month ago and now I want to officially notify the post office of the change (still picking up remaining mail at the old address periodically).

I went online to do this and there seems to be a host of masquerading web sites that make you think you are on the "official" USPS site and these sites attempt to get you to provide A CREDIT CARD for a service charge of $15.99 on up.

So, I "think" I went to the official PO site and started the process. It looks like the USPS is sending me to a site called "https://moversguide.usps.com/" and it wants my CC info to charge me $1.00 to verify my identity.

Does anyone here know if this site is legitimate? Maybe it's just easier to go to the local PO and do this manually?

Any experience or advice?
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I've changed address several times and it doesn't cost anything on the official post office site usps.com

https://www.usps.com/

May have changed since the last time a couple of years ago or I may have forgotten about any charges.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's the same site I am on now and after you fill in all the change info, they want a $1.00 charge card verification. I guess it's to prevent identity theft, etc.
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We moved a month ago and now I want to officially notify the post office of the change (still picking up remaining mail at the old address periodically).

I went online to do this and there seems to be a host of masquerading web sites that make you think you are on the "official" USPS site and these sites attempt to get you to provide A CREDIT CARD for a service charge of $15.99 on up.

So, I "think" I went to the official PO site and started the process. It looks like the USPS is sending me to a site called "" and it wants my CC info to charge me $1.00 to verify my identity.

Does anyone here know if this site is legitimate? Maybe it's just easier to go to the local PO and do this manually?

Any experience or advice?
The "https://moversguide.usps.com" site is the one we used to successfully change our address 2 years ago. We did have to pay the $1.00 with a CC to verify our identity.
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I just ran through the process and can confirm that it will confirm your identity by charging $1 to a credit card in your name registered at the address you are forwarding mail from. Seems like a good security feature to me. If you do it at a post office you will need a drivers license to validate, I expect.
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Wow! I just completed this (I think?).

USPS sent me to a site that damn near insisted I receive catalogs and coupons as part of the completion of the address change. I could not move forward without selecting something to have mailed to me. So I closed the browser page never actually getting confirmation I actually changed my address.

I guess the USPS is desperate to have junk mail come to my new address.
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Wow! I just completed this (I think?).

USPS sent me to a site that damn near insisted I receive catalogs and coupons as part of the completion of the address change. I could not move forward without selecting something to have mailed to me. So I closed the browser page never actually getting confirmation I actually changed my address.

I guess the USPS is desperate to have junk mail come to my new address.
I have an email address I use for situations like this instead of using my normal email address.
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The "https://moversguide.usps.com" site is the one we used to successfully change our address 2 years ago. We did have to pay the $1.00 with a CC to verify our identity.
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I have an email address I use for situations like this instead of using my normal email address.
Good idea...I never thought about that. I could have used my Yahoo one. I suppose now I will be flooded with junk e-mail and new postal junk mail. Good thing Gmail has a great spam filter.
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Thanks, that's the same site I am on now and after you fill in all the change info, they want a $1.00 charge card verification. I guess it's to prevent identity theft, etc.
Right. Your credit card billing address has to match the old or new address.

This charge is to do it on line. You can do it the old way - go to the post office and fill out the form - and not incur the $1 fee.
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