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Old 02-19-2018, 03:48 PM
 
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I just filed a change of address at the USPS site and they charge you a dollar. Yes, you have to type in a credit or debit card number to change your address. It wasn't required a few years ago.

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Old 02-19-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Ma Bell used to charge 50 cents a month to keep your number unlisted. That's back when a half buck was actually money.

I'd suspect the USPS issue is not the money, but putting a tiny hurdle in the process and collecting valid identity to limit fraud, frequent changes, etc.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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It is to confirm your identity. Otherwise someone could prank you by filing a change in your name. Plus it does cover a small bit of the cost of processing the change and verification.

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Old 02-19-2018, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Change of address is free, if you go to your local post office.

In order to prevent scammers and identity theft losers from changing your address so they can continue to rip you off, USPS charges $1 for address verification on-line.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I just googled it and there are posts from yahoo answers from 2008 with people complaining about it. So it has been the case for at least 10 years, maybe longer. Sounds about right to me. I've worked in a property management office for 17 years, and I was going to guess it was about 10 years ago that people started complaining about it.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:48 PM
 
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USPS has to make money somehow.... there is a cost to changing your address and re-routing everything. Why shouldn't that cost be passed to you?
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I'd be happy to pay it, or more, if the change of address actually worked. I filed online for a change of address on behalf of an elderly relative over three weeks ago, and she still isn't getting her mail. The website says to expect the change to take place within 5-10 business days.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:17 PM
 
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I'd be happy to pay it, or more, if the change of address actually worked. I filed online for a change of address on behalf of an elderly relative over three weeks ago, and she still isn't getting her mail. The website says to expect the change to take place within 5-10 business days.
I agree. I had massive problems with mail forwarding by the Post Office. I visited the local office numerous times, but even so weeks later some of my mail was being delivered to the old address. Eventually I had a big problem that I did not know about. Computershare closed out one of my accounts and sent the check to the old address. I never got the check or even knew the account had been closed until years later when I received an audit notice from the IRS. I eventually got the replacement check but I still had to pay fines and late fees to the IRS.
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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USPS has to make money somehow.... there is a cost to changing your address and re-routing everything. Why shouldn't that cost be passed to you?

Well, I suppose they could charge higher postal rates to junk mailers.

Speaking of junk mailers -- here's an idea. When you put in a forwarding address, they don't forward junk mail. So, once every six months, change your address to the same address, but with one character different in the street spelling, to foil the computers. Send them your buck, and the junk mailers will be stymied until somebody sells them your new address.
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Old 02-19-2018, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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I just filed a change of address at the USPS site and they charge you a dollar. Yes, you have to type in a credit or debit card number to change your address. It wasn't required a few years ago.

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Our "fees" for changing or getting ANYTHING in Canada is usually starting at 25. and ramping up to....a drivers' abstract change in one province is 38. and climbing. Everyone wants a chunk out of you nowadays.
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