Getting ready for a military PCS move is incredibly stressful for many families. If you’ve ever checked out the Holmes and Rahe Stress scale, you can see that moving even within the same city is considered fairly stressful. One thing that can help reduce stress during a military PCS move is keeping important documents in order and current.
I always like to keep a file folder locked up that contains all of these documents in one easy-access place. In an emergency, a deployment, a PCS move–those documents are all right there at your finger-tips and there is no stress wasted trying to find things at the last minute.
Here are 20 important documents that are always important for military families to keep on hand for a stress-free PCS (and psst…there is a free printable checklist at the end of this post!)
- PCS orders (original and several copies)
- Overseas area clearance/dependent entry approval (original and several copies, if applicable)
- Family care plan
- Passports (one for each person traveling, if applicable)
- Identification card for each person (if applicable)
- Current drivers’ licenses or permits
- Immunization records for service members and each family member traveling
- Medical and dental records
- Original birth certificates
- Naturalization paperwork (if applicable)
- Social security cards (including children)
- Marriage licenses and/or divorce decrees
- All education documentation (including kids school transcripts)
- Deeds and titles to all real estate and other property
- Shipping and storage documents for your household goods
- Insurance policies
- Adoption papers (if applicable)
- Wills and power of attorney documents
- State and federal income tax returns
- Exceptional Family member program (if applicable)
Want more on military life?
- Best Moving Overseas Checklist for Military Families (FREE printable checklist)
- Military Overseas Moves: 7 Major Mistakes to Avoid
- Preparing Emotionally for a PCS
- The Hidden Costs of PCS Moves
Any important documents you would hand-carry during a military PCS move? Let’s chat in the comments!
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