How to redirect your mail
When you move house or business there are a lot of bases to cover. Redirecting your mail however important and helpful it is doesn’t always come easily to mind. It is something you can quite easily forget about. However, whether you are prepared in advance or forgot all about it you can get Mail Redirected set up quickly.
Redirect Mail with the Royal Mail when you move house
The best place to start is the fantastic Royal Mail. There are three ways to arrange Mail Redirect with the Royal Mail. Online, by Post or by visiting your local Post Office.
The easiest and quickest way would be to use their online service. To start, set up an account with the Royal Mail. From here you will be able to set everything up. You will need the following details to open the account:
- The full address and postcode of both your old and new addresses.
- The full names and dates of birth of everyone whose mail needs redirecting.
- A valid credit or debit card. This must be in the name of the person applying and registered at either your old or new address.
PLEASE NOTE: There may be some security questions, for security purposes.
If you prefer to apply by post or in person just click here.
When should I set up Redirect Mail?
The best code of practice is to apply as soon as you know you are moving as long as it is within 6 months of your move date. If you have arrived to the party late you can apply 6 months after you moved. It takes around 5 working days for the application to be processed.
What will happen to my mail?
Your mail will be sent to your old Post sorting office before it is redirected. This will add a day on top of the expected delivery.
How much will it cost?
How long can I redirect my mail for?
- Minimum extension: 3 months
- Maximum extension: 12 months
- Maximum redirection period: 4 years
A few weeks before your redirection ends the Royal Mail will notify you and ask if you wish to extend.
Other options other than Royal Mail
There are other options other than the Royal Mail, however these should only be seen as stop gaps. The best rule of thumb is to keep things simple, do the business with the Royal Mail and get on with your new life in your new address! Good luck!
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