Planning a long trip requires more extensive preparations than a short vacation. During extended periods of time away, travelers often have their mail forwarded to ensure receipt of important documents and bills and to prevent an excessive backlog of correspondence. Arranged through the United States Postal Service (USPS) after submitting a temporary change of address order, mail forwarding redirects posted items to a different address for a specified length of time. If something comes up and unexpectedly cuts a trip short, have mail forwarding canceled and directed back to the primary, original mailing address.
Visit the official website of the USPS to access the Change of Address form. From the USPS homepage, pull down the “Receiving Mail” menu under the “Products and Services” category. Within the menu, click on “Change Your Address.” Wait until navigated to the “Official Change of Address Form.”
Scroll down and locate the bar near the bottom of the page that reads, “Need to view, update or cancel a Change of Address order you already submitted?” Click the link to be navigated to the “View, Update or Cancel” section of the form.
Enter the Zip code of the forwarding address and confirmation code that was issued when the mail-forwarding request was made. Locate the codes from a request made online in the confirmation email. Locate the code from a paper form submitted personally to a post office on the confirmation document mailed to the forwarding address. Click the “Submit” button.
Choose to cancel the change of address order. Print the confirmation information for the cancellation to have on record.
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