Frequently Asked Questions
Uniform Addressing Basics
What is a Zip+4 Code and Why May It Change?
How do I know which municipality I live in?
How can I change my address with the Social Security Administration?
When will the new addresses be released?
Who do I need to inform of my address change?
When can I start using my new address?
Who will Marathon County inform of my address change?
Is there any way to get my new address provided to me early?
Does this change the legal status of my property?
Which municipalities will Uniform Addressing affect?
What is the Uniform Addressing System Project?
How much will the Uniform Address signs cost?
When will Uniform Address signs be installed/delivered?
Will I be charged for the new Uniform Address sign?
Who is directing this Uniform Addressing project?
Licenses / Permits / IDs / Passports
I have a concealed carry permit for the state of Wisconsin. Do I need to update my address on my permit?
Do I need to get a new driver’s license?
Will I have trouble voting in future elections if my ID has my old address on it instead of my new Uniform Address?
My driver license will be coming due just before I receive my new address. What should I do?
What if I’m driving in a municipality that isn’t participating in Uniform Addressing?
Who renamed the new roads?
What if I don't like my new road name?
Where can I check if my road name is changing?
Who determines which community keeps a duplicate/similar name?
Can I still use paper maps, atlases, plat books, and other directional guides featuring the former road names and addresses?
What will happen to my decorative stone address?
What will the Uniform Address signs look like, and where will they be installed?
How do I correctly post my new address?
What will happen to my old address sign? Can I keep it?
Do I need to be present during sign installation?
Address Sign Maintenance & Compliance
What if I refuse to comply with the new Uniform Addressing ordinance?
What if I remove my new Uniform Address sign after it’s installed?
What if bushes obstruct the new sign? Will the municipality trim around the sign and then bill me?
What if my new sign gets damaged or goes missing?
Will people still be able to use online maps and GPS systems (e.g., Google Maps, MapQuest, Garmin devices) to find my home?
Will I be able to match an old address to the new one?
Why adopt Uniform Addressing? Can’t you find pretty much anything with a GPS?
I have a database of clients, customers, and/or other businesses and contractors whom I work with. Will I have to update my database with the new addresses?
Will adjoining counties have access to the new addressing system data?
Why isn’t my new address being recognized by some online businesses yet?
Communication & Education
How will I be notified of my address?
How are the voices in the participating communities heard?
What if I lost or accidentally tossed out my announcement postcard or Official Notice? Where can I check if my address will be changing?
Who approved this Uniform Addressing project?
If this is a “911” address, why does it have to change my mailing address?
Can you create the address system as simple as possible?
How will the Post Office handle such a large change?
How will Diggers Hotline be involved?
How will implementation coordinate with emergency response systems?
Is Rib Mountain out of Uniform Addressing?
Who will pay for this?
Why do addresses in Marathon County need to change?
Why change addresses in Marathon County now?
How does my address relate to the 911 System?
What if I accidentally give Emergency Medical Services (EMS) my old address during an emergency situation? Will they be able to find my home?
How do I get a new Town (Rural) site address assigned for a house I’m building BEFORE my Uniform Address sign is installed/delivered?