Moving? Remember to Change Your Address for These Services
Changing Your Address Made Easy
Changing your address is one of those tedious little tasks that you have to do every time you move. We have a general list of all of the places that you’ll need to change your address when you move in our book Everything You Need to Know About Renting But Didn’t Know to Ask. For those of you who don’t have a copy yet (get one here), we’ve replicated that list:
- Your job
- Tax agencies
- Social Security Administration
- Phone, cable, and internet services
- Gas and electricity providers
- Insurance providers—including renters-insurance providers
- Subscriptions, such as magazines or food kits
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Bank/credit union, Paypal, Venmo
- Credit cards
- Google Maps, Apple Maps, autofill addresses
- Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft
- Voter registration
- All of your doctors and your dentist
- Lawyers and accountants
It’s best to sit down and get all of this address-changing business done in one shot, since so much of it can be done online. Unfortunately, because most of these services are based on your individual choices, only you can figure out exactly how to change your address––only you know who your doctor or your lawyer is, for example. However, some services will be of use to every American renter who moves, so we’ve listed the most relevant address-changing links below.
Government Services (incl. Post Office)
The federal government has a page with relevant address-changing links for the most commonly used government services. This includes the Post Office, which is definitely the first place you’ll want to change your address. Then you’ll be able to hit other important stops, like Social Security, your driver’s license, and voter registration.
You’ll want to change your address with all of the insurance you have, including car insurance, life insurance, health insurance, and of course, renters’ insurance. You’ll do this differently based on the insurance company you’ve chosen, but generally, you should be able to do it online. We’ve provided a few of the most commonly used rental insurance companies below and where you can change your address.
Lemonade: Lemonade has instructions on how to change your address here. You’ll download the Lemonade app, log in, and let their virtual assistant guide you through the process.
USAA: Once you’ve logged in, you can change your address under Personal Information in the My Profile and Preferences section of the USAA’s website.
StateFarm: If you have StateFarm, the process is similar to the one for USAA: you can log in and go to the Personal Information section of their website. More information on changing your address with StateFarm can be found here.
Bank/Credit Card Company
It’s essential that you update your address with your bank/credit card company as soon as you move, because you don’t want your account to freeze if your bank thinks that you’re committing fraud by having the wrong address down for you. You’ll also want to be billed correctly when you charge your cards. Fortunately, in most cases, it’s never been easier to do this online. If you’re old-school, though, you can go to your bank in person and have an agent change it for you.
Chase: Once you’ve logged into your Chase account, Chase has an online “Update Account” section where you can change your address.
Bank of America: Bank of America has provided their address-change instructions as part of their FAQ. You can sign into Online Banking and change your information from there.
CitiBank: If you’re with CitiBank, they’ve laid out their instructions for changing your address. They say that you’ll have to send them a letter with an authorized signature in order to change your address.
Google and Apple Maps
Google Maps: On Google Maps, generally, you’ll go into your Google Account and click “Personal Information,” where you’ll be able to update your home address (and your work one, too, if that’s changed.) If you’d like instructions specific to the device you’re using, Google offers instructions for iPhone/iPad, for a computer, and for Android.
Apple Maps: Apple offers its own set of address-changing instructions for Apple Maps.
We know it’s annoying, but we hope that this info makes things just a little bit easier! Remember, best to use our list, sit down, and get all of your address changes done in one sitting if possible. You’ll save yourself some confusion down the line, we can promise you that.