The accuracy of the
address affects the speed and handling of your mail.
Print or type your address in the
upper left corner on the front of
Place labels for extra services
above the delivery address and to
the right of the return address, or
to the left of the postage.
Use stamps, a postage meter, or a
PC Postage system to affix the correct
amount. You can calculate postage
online at pe.usps.com.
Name of Organization
Use a Post Office box
or street address, but
not both. If the address
also has a directional
(for instance, NW for
Northwest), be sure to
use it. There may be more
than one Main Street.
Apartment or Suite Number
The correct apartment or suite
number helps to ensure delivery to
the right location.
City, State, and ZIP Code
To find the correct spelling of a
city name or to find a ZIP Code,
visit www.usps.com or call
1·800·ASK·USPS. Using the correct
ZIP Code helps to direct your
mail more efficiently and accurately.
Letters, bills, greeting cards, and other documents can be
sent in standard white, manila, or
recycled paper envelopes. Items
needing extra protection can be
sent in bubble-lined, padded paper,
or waterproof envelopes. These
envelopes, along with stationery
and prepaid First-Class Mail
postcards and envelopes, can be
purchased at the Post Office.
Express Mail and Priority Mail envelopes are available at
your Post Office or visit www.usps.com/shop for items sent using either
of these services. You must use
the USPS-produced address label
for Express Mail.
Online Shipping Labels
Express Mail and Priority Mail
postage prices are lower when you
pay for and print your postage online using
Click-N-Ship. Delivery Confirmation
is provided free for all domestic
Priority Mail sent with Click-N-Ship
postage. Most international postage
may be purchased online for Global
Express Guaranteed, Express
Mail International, and Priority
Mail International. You will save on
International shipments when
printing and paying for postage
using Click-N-Ship. You can arrange
for free Carrier Pickup online.
Learn more about Click-N-Ship at
Print the delivery and return
addresses on the same side of your
envelope or card. The addresses
should be written parallel to the
Type or print clearly with a pen or
permanent marker so the address
is legible from an arm’s length away.
Do not use commas or periods.
A return address is required on
For Express Mail, you must use
a USPS-produced address label provided by the
Military addresses must show the
full name with middle name or
initial and the PSC number, unit
number, or ship name. Replace the
city name with APO, FPO or DPO,
and the state with AA, AE, or AP, and
use a special ZIP Code.
A list of commonly used state, street, and other abbreviations is