Who to notify your change of address in India? The complete checklist
Relocating is not just the process of moving your things to another location. You have to notify your change of address to some organizations and individuals. If you felt lazy on this matter and moved to a new location without any notification, you are the one who is going to waste your valuable time in traveling for address issues.
Especially in countries like India, you must keep the credentials prepared to avoid hassles during urgencies.
Here I have created a checklist, to which you must notify the change of address before or immediately after moving.
1. Your Workplace
If your relocation is official, you don’t have to worry about this. But if you are moving for your personal reason, speak to your employer regarding your move and try to get a transfer if your organization has a branch in your destined city, or inform your resignation in advance.
This provides ample time to your employer to process your transfer request, or give proper notice until they chose someone for your position.
2. Banks and other financial firms
For proper communication from the bank or other financial firms, you must properly notify them of your change of address, and make sure to get acknowledgement. By doing this you can avoid missing proper communication either it’s a credit card statement or a legal notification of any disputes.
Imagine if you receive your account balance or any refunds through a cheque, and it returned to the bank due to the wrong address. Getting a reissued cheque is a cumbersome process! So don’t ignore it.
3. Your Voter ID and Aadhaar Card
It’s important to maintain the current address in your government authorized ID cards. For Aadhaar card, you can change your address online, providing some necessary proofs like electricity bill (first month’s bill of your new residence), gas bookings, and local bank transactions. You just have scanned and upload the documents online through “http://uidai.gov.in“ and select “Update your Aadhaar data”.
For Voter ID; you have to keep ready current address proofs like rental agreement, or gas booking, and approach the concerned officials and get a receipt of the same.
4. PAN Card
Pan car is essential when it comes to financial transactions like banking, taxes, etc. For opening an account in bank, you need the local address on your PAN card. Address can be changed online by visiting the official website “https://www.tin-nsdl.com/faqs/pan/faq-pan-reqfornewpan.html“, and submitting scanned documents of identity proofs and new address proofs like gas bookings, electricity bill, rental agreement, etc.
5. Indian Passport
Passport is highly secured and authorized ID proof in India. Most organization demand a passport as an ID proof to check your authenticity. This can be done only after changing your residential address in Voter ID, Driving License or PAN card. All you have to do is to approach any of your nearest passport office and submit any of the mentioned proofs.
6. Driving License
This is an essential ID proof that can even support the change of address in your passport. You can swear as self affidavit or declaration according to the jurisdiction, and submit it to the current local RTO office and follow the procedure. You may need half a day to complete this process.
7. Educational Institutions
Keeping your last educational institution informed with your change of address is a good thing. They can be able to be in touch with you in case of any alumni meetings, or any other vital communications and references.
8. Utilities and Delivery Vendors
If your relocation is within the city, you should notify the same to your local vendors like LPG cylinder suppliers, grocery store, and others.
9. Post Office
This can be quite useful. Letting the post office know about your change of address will make them redirect the posts to your new address even the delivery address stated towards your old address with your name.
If it’s Temporary
For temporary relocation, you don’t have to change everything. You can get the basic things like sim cards and other stuff through local reference.
It’s always better to be prepared instead of stressing yourself. Do remember to notify your change of address to the above mentioned.
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