Addressing Tips

 

Avoid delays or returned mail with correct address information, placement, and abbreviations.

Addressing Envelopes and Packages

Make sure it’s accurate…
Using a complete and correct address is the best way to get it there fast. Use ZIP Code™ + 4 when you can. 
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… in the right place…
Print the delivery and return addresses on the same side of your envelope or card, parallel to the longest edge.

… and easy to read.
Print or type clearly with a pen or permanent marker so the address is legible from an arm’s length away. Avoid commas, periods, or other punctuation—it helps your mailpiece speed through our processing equipment.

How To Address An Envelope

Illustration of The address, return address, and postage all on the same side of the envelope.Placement
The address, return address, and postage should all be on the same side of the envelope. (If it’s improperly addressed, it might get returned to you.)

Illustraton of Print or type your address in the upper-left corner on the front of the envelope.Return Address
Print or type your address in the upper-left corner on the front of the envelope.

Illustration of Printing or typing clearly the delivery address parallel to the longest side of the envelope.Delivery Address
Print or type clearly the delivery address parallel to the longest side of the envelope.

Illustration of using a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.Postage
Use a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.

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How To Address A Package

Illustration of The address, return address, and postage all on the same side of the package.Placement
The address, return address, and postage should all be on the same side of the package. (If it’s improperly addressed, it might get returned to you.)

Illustration of Printing or typing your address in the upper left corner of the labelReturn Address
Print or type your address in the upper left corner of the label.

Illustration of Clearly marking on the outside of the package if the item is fragile, liquid, or perishable.Special Handling
Clearly mark on the outside of the package if the item is fragile, liquid, or perishable.

Illustration of using a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.Postage
Use a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.

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Ship Online. Print a label with postage. Image of a printer with shipping label and box.