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5 Big Changes Coming to the Post Office in 2024


Through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night, the U.S. Postal Service has delivered mail to Americans for nearly 250 years. That core task remains the same, but that doesn’t mean everything stays the same in 2024.

From the price of stamps to procedures for forwarding mail, here are five things that will be different at USPS this year. 

1. Stamp prices are going up

Like other businesses, the post office is passing along its increased costs to its customers. Effective Jan. 21, a first-class “Forever” stamp will increase 2 cents to 68 cents. Across the board, prices are increasing about 2 percent.

2. ID is required for forwarding mail

Aiming to clamp down on identity theft and protect customers’ information, the USPS is beefing up its procedures to verify your identity when you request a change of address. Now you must show ID either in person at your local post office or verify your identity online. A change of address request or COA has to be submitted 90 days before the date of your move and up to 30 days after your move. 


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