Every so often, you may run into a situation where you’re trying to make a label for a recipient, and USPS doesn’t recognize the address. When this is the case, you won’t be able to buy a label, and you’re stuck! Sometimes, USPS won’t recognize an address because it’s a building that is no longer there. More often than not, however, it’s because it’s the address is a new development. This guide contains a couple of steps you can pass along to your recipient to get their address added to the USPS database, as well as what to do if you just need to submit a change of address with USPS.
Table of Contents
- Use the Postal Pro Tool on the USPS Website to Locate Your Nearest Address Management System Office
- How Long Does It Take for USPS to Recognize My Address?
- What If I Just Need to Change My Address with the Post Office?
Use the Postal Pro Tool on the USPS Website to Locate Your Nearest Address Management System Office
Getting USPS to recognize an address isn’t as easy as walking into your local Post Office and causing a riot. You’ll need to go through some back channels to get it done. The good news is that the public can submit address changes through the United States Address Management System (AMS). This is the same database that USPS uses!
The first step to getting an address added is to visit the USPS Postal Pro page. The purpose of this page is for you to find out where your nearest Address Management System Office is. Once you’re there, type in your zip code to find your nearest office. Then, the website will provide you with the contact information (address and phone number) of your local AMS office in charge of your zip code. Get in touch with them, and they’ll be able to help get your address added to the USPS database!
How Long Does It Take for USPS to Recognize My Address?
Unfortunately, there’s no concrete answer as to how long it will take USPS to get your address added to their database. In our experience, this can anywhere from a couple of weeks to up to a few months.
What If I Just Need to Change My Address with the Post Office?
Adding an address to the USPS database is entirely different from submitting a change of address with USPS. If you’re moving and need to submit a change of address with the Post Office, here are a couple of ways you can do that:
Option 1: Change Your Address on USPS.com
This is the easiest way to file a change of address with USPS directly, and you can do it anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Click here to begin the process on the USPS website.
Changing your address on the USPS website is a quick 5-step process, and the first step is providing your personal information, including a valid email address. Once you provide all of that, you’ll simply need to fill out the next required files to successfully file a change of address with USPS.
Note that USPS charges a processing fee of $1.o5. So, when it’s time to change your address, you’ll also need to provide a valid debit or credit card to pay for it.
Option 2: Change Your Address by Going into Your Local Post Office
Your second option to change your address is to visit your local Post Office and request a Mover’s Guide packet. Inside the packet, you’ll find PS Form 3575. Once you fill out this form, you can either give it to a postal worker behind the counter or drop it into the letter mail slot inside the Post Office. You should then receive a confirmation letter at your new address in five business days.
Unlike doing it online, this option is entirely free. However, it’s likely a bigger hassle to wait in those pesky lines just to change your address the old-school way. As you know, we avoid walking into the Post Office unless we absolutely have to. That’s why we always use shipping software to buy postage online in the first place!