Who to Notify When You Move

How do you decide who to notify when you move? Do you put in a change of address at the post office and hope that notification reaches everyone who needs to know? Do you send out postcards to everyone in your little black book? Won’t everyone find you anyway?¬†Even though the internet makes it easy to find people these days, much of the information available online is not correct. Make sure the important personal and business connections can find you!

Who really needs to know how to contact you?

Friends and Family

It is pretty easy to assume you will let family and friends know where you are moving. There are a bunch of ways to notify this group. Give them a phone call, text them or send them an email. Drop everyone in your address book a postcard. Do avoid posting your address and information on social networks that can be viewed by anyone, though.


If you owe money to someone, it is best you notify them when you move. If you miss payments because you did not receive a bill, it can cause your credit to take a hit. Before you move, notify your creditors where you will be moving and when. Don’t count on the mail to be forwarded in a timely manner, because it might not be.

Government Agencies

It goes without saying that at least one government agency will know your new whereabouts, because you are in the military. However, you need to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles, change your vehicle registrations and register to vote in your new location. If anyone in your family receives social security benefits, it will benefit you to keep contact information up-to-date.

Professional Service Providers

If you use a lawyer, accountant or see a specialist physician for a medical conditions; make sure you let them know where you are moving. It may mean they need to transfer records to another service provider or you may just need to let them know why you have disappeared. It is just courteous to the professional to inform them ahead of time.


If you are still subscribing to print magazines, don’t forget to let them know your new address. The magazines will probably catch up to you if you have your mail forwarded, but you won’t receive them in as timely a manner. You can usually make these changes online and never miss an issue!

Professional Organizations

If you belong to work-related organizations and receive professional journals or other correspondence, make sure you don’t forget these either. After all, your alumni association will need to contact you when it has its next telethon fundraiser!


About Peggy Crippen

I am a military wife, mom and writer. I love to help the military community by sharing my knowledge of life in a military family. I write, blog and spend time chasing my children around. In my spare time, I love to read and ride motorcycles.

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