5. Financial institutions
Protect yourself from identity theft by giving your new address to your bank, credit card companies and any other financial institutions you use. Mail theft is one of the most common ways identity theft occurs, so the best way to prevent sensitive information from being exposed through the mail is to keep your updated address on file.
Here are some financial institutions you won’t want to miss:
- Credit card company or companies
- Tax preparation services
Many of these financial institutions now allow you to update your address instantly online using their secured network.
In most states, you must update the DMV of an address change within 30 days of the move, even if you’re moving within city limits. If you are moving out of state lines with a licensed vehicle typically a vehicle registration update is also required.
Here are some documents you can update while you’re at the DMV:
- Drivers license
- Vehicle registration
- Voters registration
Save yourself time by making an appointment and bringing required documents with you.
7. Social Security and other benefits
If you receive benefits from the government, such as Social Security, update your address as soon as you move to continue receiving these payments. The Social Security Administration has a free online form you can use to update your contact information.
You’ll need to update your address on file if you receive any of the following:
- Survivor Benefits
- Supplemental Security Income
Even if you receive benefits via direct deposit, the SSA states on their website that they will stop your benefits if they can’t contact you by mail.
You’ll need to change your address with all of your utility companies to get water and electricity at your new place. You should do this at least one month before a move to make sure you can get necessary services turned on in time.
Some common utility bills include:
Depending on your location, you may be able to simply transfer most or all of your utility services via phone or online. If you are moving across city or state lines, or transitioning from a home to apartment (or vice versa) you’ll likely need to cancel utility services in your old city and start new accounts with your new local utility company.
9. Cable and internet
In addition to utilities, don’t forget about add-ons such as cable and internet (if your house is equipped with these features). If you work from home or want to stream instantly, you’ll need both your cable and internet connection transferred over to your new address before you move in, or on the day of. This may require a professional appointment so we recommend calling two to three weeks before your move date.