Change of address checklist (2022)

Congratulations, you're moving house and it's time to spread the word! But who exactly do you need to tell about a change of address?
It's not just your friends and family who need to know when you move. There's a long list of other organisations and companies that need to know your new address. That's why we created this checklist - so you can keep track of who you have and haven't told about your new address.

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    • Employer - Your employer needs to know of a change of address so they can update your contact details, but more importantly they need to know for your payroll.
    • Inland Revenue - One of the most important places that needs to know when you change address is Inland Revenue. They'll need to know for your taxes and you can find out how to update this information on
    • National Insurance - Your National Insurance (NI) number is frequently used by the government to help identify you and is required by the DVLA, HMRC and your employer. That means it's extremely important to update your national insurance information. You can find the phone number and opening times online, but you'll need your NI number ready to fully change your information.
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    • Council Tax - To update your Council Tax address, you'll need to visit the relevant site for your move. For example, if you're moving to or from Harrow, you'll need to visit Each site has their own form for changing your address.
    • Electoral Roll - When you change address, you'll need to re-register on the Electoral Roll for your new area with your updated details. This can be done by visiting
    • Department of Work and Pensions - If you're receiving money from the government then you'll need to change your address information with the Department of Work and Pensions as well. This can be done over the phone by calling the relevant helpline. The numbers that you'll need to call can be found here.


    When you're moving longer distances, you'll want to remember to cancel subscriptions to local gyms or clubs that you won't be going to anymore. You can either do that over the phone or when you visit them for the last time before your move.
    The other thing you'll want to do is contact any postal subscriptions you have and let them know when you'll be moving to your new address so they can start sending things to your new home. You can do this after you've moved if you've set up a temporary postal redirect (see utilities section to learn more).

    • Health Club/Gym
    • Newspaper/ Magazine subscriptions
    • Clubs & societies
    • Cable/ Satellite - You should let them know of your change of address for billing purposes and so they can update your contact information. It's also worth checking whether your new home will require a new satelite dish or cable to be installed before you update this information. Otherwise you'll be paying for a sevices that you can't use.
    • Phone - For landlines, you'll need to inform the phone company that you are changing address as you'll receive a new phone number for the home that you move to - this can normally be done at the same time as your broadband. For your mobile you will need to update your address so that they can send the bill to the correct location and you can do that by contacting your provider over the phone or visiting one of their stores.
    • Broadband - You may also want to cancel your broadband subscription as you will most likely be able to get a better deal when you move to your new home and you will have to call them to move your deal to the new property regardless.
    • TV Licence - Yorur TV licence won't be valid when you move to a new property so you will have to change this information on the TV Licensing website. This can be done up to 3 months in advance of your move.
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    Vehicle related

    • DVLA: Update your driving licence - Your driver's licence will need to be updated with your new address as soon as possible. This can be done on the DVLA website for free and they should send you an updated licence (which normally arrives in around 2-4 weeks).
    • Vehicle Breakdown Cover - You can change your information for breakdown coverage on your providers website. This is particularly important for providers who charge different rates based on area and for knowing where they may need to take you to in the event of a breakdown.
    • Car Insurance - You'll need to inform your car insurance provider about your change of address too. This is for both your insurance payments and your contact information in case of an accident. Unfortunately there may be a change in your payment rate depending on where you live so you may see your prices go up (or down) when you change address. You can change your information either online if you've registered your account or over the phone if you haven't.
    • V5C Vehicle Log Book - Remember to update your V5C for your vehicle tax. Forgetting to update this information may result in a fine of up to £1000, so it's not something you'd want to forget about. You can do this either by post or online, click here for more information about changing your V5C address.
    • Schools - If you have children you should let their schools know that you are going to be moving house so they can update your contact informaton. This is also a good idea because moving home can be stressful for your children so it's important to keep their school up to date.
    • University - Private schools and universities will also need to know your address so that they can send over the tuition fees for each semester or year, so it's doubly important to provide them with your new adddress if you're going to continue using them after the move.


    When you have a change of address, you may also have to change doctors. This means that your doctor will have to forward your medical information to your new doctor (this also happens with dentists, opticians and your pet's information with vets). If you have a check-up before you move, it's worth getting their contact information and letting them know when you'll be moving, you can then pass your new doctor's information to your old doctor (or vice versa).

    • Dentist
    • Doctor
    • Optician
    • Vet
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    Most insurers will need to know when you move to a new home because they take your postcode into account when they work out your premium and cost of cover. If you live in an area that is considered slightly more 'risky' then your insurance is likely to increase (likewise, if you move to a less 'risky' area it will go down).

    However, some insurance policies aren't reliant on where you live and will only need your new address so they can update your contact information and to change where they send your bills. To inform your insurers of a change of address, you'll need to either visit each of their websites or call them all up and arrange a change of address update.

    • Health insurance
    • Home/Contents Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Pet Insurance


    If you hire anyone to help maintain your property, you should cancel their services before you move to your new address. If you're moving to somewhere that's not too far away, you might be able to hire them to help at your new property - just don't forget to tell them your new address.

    It's also worth updating your contact address with anyone else that might need to send you something through the post such as accountants, soclitiors or tenants. Normally post from these people will be important and, potentially, private so you won't want to become lost in the post after you move to your new home.

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    • Cleaner
    • Gardener
    • Window Cleaner
    • Accountant
    • Solicitor
    • Banks orBuilding societies - You should let your bank or building society know about your change of address as close to your move date as possible. Your place of residence is an important factor for proving your identity and forgetting to update this information might put you at risk of identity theft. You can update your information on your bank's website if you have an online bank account or you can visit them in person.
    • Premium Bonds - Don't forget to update your address for any Premium Bonds that you've invested in, otherwise you won't be able to receive any potential winnings. You can do this on their website if you're registered or by phone if you're not.
    • Pension - If you're on a private pension plan, you can update your pension information by contacting your provider by phone or email. If you're on a State Pension, you can contact them on 's pension page.
    • Loan companies - If you have taken out any loans then you'll need to let them know about your change of address and the date that you'll be moving. This can be done by contacting them directly, over the phone or by email.
    • Credit card/ Debitcard companies - While you're changing your address at the bank you my also want to get your address changed for your credit/ debit card. Charges to your credit card will require your actual address not only for the bill, but as an additional identification step.
    • Store Cards - It's also a good idea to change your address for any cards you hold with specific stores as they will use that order for deliveries. For example if you use a Tesco store card to do you weekly shop, if you haven't updated your address, they might send your shopping to your old house instead. You can update this information online, in store or over the phone.


    • Electricity - It takes up to 48 hours for your energy provider to update your information, so make sure you do this well in advance of your move. Depending on the type of account you have, you may be charged for ending early, if this is the case you should check to see if they'll allow you to move the deal to your new property.
    • Gas - Make sure your provider knows what date you're moving and then take a reading of your gas and electricity on the day you leave to send to them. This will stop you from being charged for gas and electrcity that you haven't used. This may also be a good time to compare providers as you may be able to get a better deal elsewhere.
    • Water - This is similar to your gas and electricity in that you should let your water provider know that you're going to be moving and won't be using water beyond a certain date.
    • Royal Mail: Redirect post - When you move, there's not always time to change your mailing address for everything, so you can set up a postal redirect to give you a little extra time. This means that any post sent to you at your old address will be redirected and delivered to your new address and you can apply for it up to 3 months before the date of your move (although it does take 10 days to implement). The redirect is only temporary so you can't rely on it forever and it's via Royal Mail so you will still need to contact everyone who sends you the post to update them. You can set up a redirect with Royal Mail on their website.
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    Who do I need to notify when I move house UK? ›

    Before you move, you'll want to notify a range of companies of your plans. You'll likely need to update addresses, cancel bills or close accounts.
    Before you move
    • Energy, water and internet providers. ...
    • DVLA. ...
    • Local councils. ...
    • Employer and pension provider. ...
    • Banks, lenders and building societies. ...
    • Television licence.

    What do I need to change when moving house UK? ›

    How do I make a moving checklist? ›

    And if you haven't disposed of things you won't be bringing with you, you'll have to take care of them now.
    1. Buy moving insurance. ...
    2. Get rid of perishable items. ...
    3. Settle your local memberships. ...
    4. Gather all your records. ...
    5. Notify your insurance company. ...
    6. Find an internet provider. ...
    7. Find a new doctor, dentist, and vet. ...
    8. Plan your route.
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    What do I need to do once Ive moved house? ›

    Pay for bills, let friends and family know you're moving
    1. Your work.
    2. Your bank, insurance, pension and credit card companies.
    3. The council, electoral roll.
    4. TV Licensing.
    5. Doctor and dentist.
    6. DVLA.
    7. National Insurance / DSS offices.

    Do I need to notify HMRC of change of address? ›

    You need to tell HMRC if you've changed your name or address. How you contact HM Revenue and Customs ( HMRC ) to update your name or address depends on your situation. You'll also need to change your business records if you run a business.

    Do I need to tell the DVLA if I move house? ›

    You must update your driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C), Direct Debit for vehicle tax and other details when you move home. You do not need to tell us if you move temporarily (for example you're living away at university) if we can still contact you at your permanent address.

    When should I change my bank address when I move? ›

    Complete an online change of address at least a week before moving day — any later, and there may be a gap between when you move and when your mail forwarding can begin.

    Do I need to notify local council when I move? ›

    Your local council at both your old and new home will need to be notified of the change 14 days before your move.

    Do I need to tell my bank if I move house? ›

    You will also need to inform any financial providers of your new address. This means contacting your: Bank – Your address is part of your security checks, so it's important to keep this information correct.

    Do you need a solicitor when moving house? ›

    Your solicitor helps to oversee the legal process of the sale so that ownership is lawfully transferred to you. It's true that you're not legally required to use a solicitor when buying or selling a home, but these days, it's virtually impossible not to use one.

    What are 4 things you should do before you move in? ›

    Moving Checklist
    • Make an inventory of everything to be moved. ...
    • Sort out and donate any unwanted clothing or furniture. ...
    • Have a garage sale or list them online to get rid of unwanted items. ...
    • Start collecting moving supplies like boxes and newspaper for wrapping. ...
    • Submit a change of address form to your post office.

    What should be packed last when moving? ›

    Keep these items handy on moving day
    • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, razors, etc.)
    • First-aid kit.
    • Aspirin or pain reliever.
    • Medications and eyeglasses.
    • Box cutter or knife.
    • Tape and dispenser.
    • Work gloves.
    • Scissors.
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    How many days before moving Should you start packing? ›

    You should start packing for your move at least 3 weeks prior to your anticipated move date. The actual moving preparation process should start at least 6-8 weeks before your move. The earlier you start the packing process, the easier it will be when your move date approaches.

    Should I get rid of everything before I move? ›

    If you're planning a move, you might want to consider taking the plunge to pare down your belongings. Not only can a large declutter before moving save you time and energy on both ends of your move; it can also help save you money. Why? The more stuff you have, the more it costs to move it.

    What order should I move my house in? ›

    What rooms to pack first when moving
    1. Remember: the storage areas in your home should be the first rooms to sort and pack. GARAGE. ...
    2. BASEMENT and ATTIC. ...
    3. CLOSETS. ...
    4. SPARE ROOMS. ...
    5. KITCHEN. ...
    6. LIVING ROOM. ...
    7. KIDS' ROOM. ...
    8. Don't pack up your bedroom too early.
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    Do I need to tell HMRC if I move? ›

    You need to tell HMRC if you've changed your name or address. How you contact HM Revenue and Customs ( HMRC ) to update your name or address depends on your situation. You'll also need to change your business records if you run a business.

    Do I tell DVLA before or after I move? ›

    You must update your driving licence, vehicle log book (V5C), Direct Debit for vehicle tax and other details when you move home. You do not need to tell us if you move temporarily (for example you're living away at university) if we can still contact you at your permanent address.

    Do I need to notify the IRS of an address change? ›

    It's the best way to ensure that you receive your tax refunds or any other important correspondence from the IRS. You should also notify the IRS if you make estimated tax payments and you change your address during the year. You can write the IRS center where you file your return or use Form 8822.

    How do I change my address details with HMRC? ›

    0300 200 3100

    the official HMRC app. your personal tax account or business tax account using HMRC online services.

    How does HMRC check residency? ›

    Self-assessment tax records that contain income from self-employment show evidence of 12 months' UK residence for each record found. This evidence covers from April to March for each year. Self-assessment tax data will only show evidence of UK residence for the periods in which you've submitted a tax return to HMRC.

    Does HMRC update address automatically? ›

    Once you have changed it, some of the HMRC systems will automatically update. If you change it on a self-assessment tax return or your digital tax account it should update the address for your national insurance, income tax, and child benefits, tax credits, state pension, and other things that are linked to it.

    What happens if you don't change your address with HMRC? ›

    If you don't notify HMRC of your change of address, you may miss important correspondence from them. This could lead to problems with your taxes, such as missing the deadline to file a return or pay a tax bill. In severe cases, you may be fined for failing to notify HMRC of a change of address.

    How many days in advance should you change your address when moving? ›

    Whether you're moving permanently or temporarily, we recommend changing your address at least two weeks before Moving Day. This will give USPS enough time to send you the Move Validation Letter before the trucks arrive.

    Who all needs to be notified when you move? ›

    This change of address checklist will help you figure out who to notify when you need to change your address.
    • The U.S. Postal Service.
    • Tax agencies.
    • Social Security Administration.
    • Department of motor vehicles.
    • Gas and electric companies.
    • Phone, cable and internet providers.
    • Other utilities.
    • Homeowners or renters insurance.
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    Is it illegal to have the wrong address on your driving licence? ›

    Having the wrong details on your licence is an offence. If DVLA has the wrong address for a vehicle registered to you & that vehicle is caught speeding (or committing another offence) the Notice asking the registered keeper for the vehicle to identify the driver will go to an out of date address.

    How does IRS know if you moved? ›

    1019 (1988), the United States Tax Court held that where the Taxpayer had filed a return showing a new address, the IRS should search its computer system for that address before sending the Taxpayer critical correspondence such as a Notice of Deficiency, determining an additional amount of tax and giving the Taxpayer ...

    Does IRS care about address? ›

    You need to keep the address the IRS has on file for you current. This means if you move, you should let the IRS know as soon as possible. If you filed taxes and then moved, you need to file a change of address with the IRS in case there is anything wrong with your return and they need to contact you.

    How does IRS know your address? ›

    The IRS uses the address from the last federal tax return that you filed.

    Can I notify DWP of change of address online? ›

    Yes, log in to your Online Account and click on 'Personal Details' – you can update your address here. You'll receive an email to confirm the address has been updated, and you'll receive a letter at both your new and old address to confirm the change. We can't update an address via email due to data protection rules.

    How do I update my address with revenue? ›

    If you need to update your address, you can do this through myAccount by: signing into myAccount. clicking on 'My Profile' and then 'My Details' selecting 'Edit' in 'Contact details'.

    Do I need to change my address on my car tax? ›

    You won't need to change your car tax when you move house but by informing the DVLA of your new address they'll be able to contact you the next time it needs to be renewed.


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