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Old 07-20-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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Default How long in advance to notify USPS for change of address for mail forwarding?

I am going to move soon.

I wonder how early in advance to tell USPS for change of address and mail forwarding? In other words, how long does USPS take to actually forward mails from my old address to my new one after I tell them to do so?

Does it take effect after the same length of time when doing it on USPS website and doing it in the local office?

My current post office is the one in hampden。

Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Does it take effect after the same length of time when doing it on USPS website and doing it in the local office?
I can't generalize, but when I moved out of 20902, it was very fast. I had mail forwarded to the new place in 4-5 days. My husband did not trust the post-card and so he did it on the web-site. I can't tell which was faster.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD / NY
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I am going to move soon.

I wonder how early in advance to tell USPS for change of address and mail forwarding? In other words, how long does USPS take to actually forward mails from my old address to my new one after I tell them to do so?

Does it take effect after the same length of time when doing it on USPS website and doing it in the local office?

My current post office is the one in hampden。

Thanks!
You can complete the form online now, and, then list the date for the mail to be forwarded in the near future, i.e., August 1. I completed my form online last year, and, requested them to start forwarding my mail a few days in advance of the timeframe I was to move in to my new apartment, just to be safe. Everything worked out fine, mail was there by the time I arrived.

In my experience in Baltimore, (having moved a few times to different neighborhoods), some post offices are a bit more efficient than others--give yourself a few days wiggle room and you'll be fine.
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