Transfer Request Letter and Email Examples

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At some point in your career, you may find yourself happily working for a companybut needing (or wanting) to transfer to another location. If your company is large enough for transferring to be an option, you may need to write a transfer request letter or email.

There are many valid reasons for wanting to relocate, and if you're satisfied in your job, the most logical place to begin a job search in your new city may be your current company.

It can be helpful to have a discussion with your manager or human resources department about the possibility of a transfer and what employment opportunities are available at the new location. That way, the company won't be surprised when they get your letter or email.

However, the company may ask for a formal written request. In this situation, you will need to write a job transfer request letter. (If you're interested in transferring to another department within the company you work for, use this job transfer letter instead.)

What to Write When You Want to Transfer

Your letter should be written as business correspondence, whether sent via post or email.

A written relocation transfer request letter should begin with your contact information, the date, and the contact information for your supervisor or human resources manager.

A written relocation transfer request letter should begin with your contact information, the date, and the contact information for your supervisor or human resources manager.

The subject of your email should include what you are requesting—either a transfer or relocation. For example, “Transfer Request - Firstname Lastname” would be an appropriate subject, letting the recipient know the content of the email and its level of importance.

Your letter should begin with a formal salutation, your purpose for writing, and evidence supporting why your request should be considered. Politely request the supervisor’s assistance in gaining a position at your preferred location. Be sure to express your appreciation for his or her help and, if you can, include some kind and complimentary sentiments for your colleagues at your current job.

Use an appropriate closing and, in the case of an email, follow your name with your email and cell phone number. Including a copy of your resume with your request is a good idea as well. Make sure you update your resume and tweak it to match the job description of your target position first.

Proofread all your documents carefully.

Before sending your letter and resume, proofread all your documents carefully.

Paying attention to the details shows that you’re interested in doing a good job, and it will make your supervisor more likely to help you with your request.

The more professionalism you present, the better your chances of having your transfer approved. Use these examples for requesting a transfer to a new company location as inspiration for your own letter.

Transfer Request Letter Sample

This is a transfer request letter example. Download the transfer request letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Transfer Request Letter Sample (Text Version)

Reggie Jones
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA, 12345

March 1, 20XX

Jennifer Lee
XYZ, Inc.
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Lee,

I am writing to request consideration for a transfer from my position at XYZ Inc. to a similar position at the XYZ office located in Dallas, Texas. My family has experienced some changes which necessitate the need for me to be in closer proximity to them.

I have enjoyed working here for the past seven years and appreciate the experience I have gained. I have held several positions at XYZ, which have given me an excellent overview of the company’s operations.

I am confident that my in-depth knowledge and strong communication skills would be an asset to the staff in Dallas. While I will regret leaving my colleagues here, I feel that I could contribute significantly to the company’s potential growth in Texas.

I am enclosing my updated resume for your review. Thank you for your consideration and assistance in this matter. If you need any additional information, please contact me.


Reggie Jones (signature hard copy letter)

Reggie Jones

Transfer Request Email Example

Subject: Application for Transfer

Dear Brenda,

I would like to respectfully inquire about the possibility of a transfer from Cassy’s in Anytown, NY to the Newcity, OH location. My spouse has received a job opportunity there, which would begin next month. I have enjoyed working here for the past six years, first as Assistant Manager, and in my recent promotion to Manager. I feel that I have been an asset in the Bridal Department and would like to continue my association with the company.

I am able to stay on for several weeks to help train someone to fill the position I will leave here in Anytown. I know several employees at the store who would make good candidates for the position and would be happy to share my thoughts with you.

My experience at Cassy’s has been very rewarding, and I would appreciate the opportunity to continue my career with the company.

I have attached a copy of my resume for your convenience. Your thoughtful consideration of my request is greatly appreciated.


Andy Lau, Manager

Tips for Getting a Transfer Approved

  • Talk to your boss or human resources manager about transfer options before you put in a formal request.
  • If you need to request a transfer in writing, write a letter highlighting why you're making the request.
  • Start with a professional letter sample or template, and tailor it to fit your own circumstances.
  • Use your letter to explain what you can offer the company at the new location.