Not quite.Mikerowaved wrote:Oh yeah, make sure you also blot out the words "Address Correction Requested" if they appear on your envelope. This instructs the Post Office to return the envelope to you with the new address label on it without forwarding it,
The U.S Postal Service has several kinds of ancillary endorsements.
Forwarding Service Requested is the default handing of first class mail whether or not this endorsement is printed on the envelope. If there is a change of address on file with the USPS, the mail piece is automatically forwarded for the first 12 months and is returned to senderwith the new address or reason for non-deliveryduring months 12-18 after an address change. This is likely what you want to have happen with mailed tax statements.
Return Service Requested if the address has changed, the mail piece is returned to the sender without forwarding. It usually has that yellow label with the new address on it. This is what a ward clerk would what to happen the rest of the time things (like checks) are mailed so that they get returned to you as soon as possible.
I usually try to send out a simple mailing one or two times per year with Return Service Requested. This is usually something basic like a one page printout of the current month's ward calendar. I do this to ping the address of members that we do not know whether they have moved or not. If the mail piece is returned, I usually have a forwarding address to move the records to. This helps clean up the membership list somewhat, especially if done prior to quarterly reports.
It also helps to have a Relief Society President, Elders Quorum President, and High Priests Group Leader that try to visit every new move-in within a month of records arriving in the ward.
Address Service Requested and Change Service Requested are something used only by those mailing thousands of mail pieces per day (like Verizon Wireless phone bills), since they provide separate notification (usually for a fee) of what the new address is, either in the form of a postcard or electronically.