Addressing Tips

 

Make sure your packages are delivered efficiently with correct address information, placement, and abbreviations.

Addressing Packages and Envelopes

Get the Address Right
Avoid delays or returned parcels by following our addressing guidelines:

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 package, 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 package speed through our processing equipment.

How To Address A Package

Illustration of The address, return address, and postage should all be on the same side of the package.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.)

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, placing it in the upper right corner of the package face.Postage
Use a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.

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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.)

Illustration of Printing or typing your address in the upper left corner of the label.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, placing it in the upper right corner of the envelope face.Postage
Use a stamp or printed postage in the correct amount.

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What should you mail it in?

Letters, Bills, Documents, Greeting Cards
Send these in standard white, manila, or recycled paper envelopes. If you need more protection, use bubble-lined, padded, or waterproof envelopes. Be sure to use durable envelopes and packing materials to prevent damage.
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Priority Mail Express™ and Priority Mail®
You can purchase Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail services online and at the Post Office™. If your package exceeds the maximum size (length + distance around largest point) of 108", it must be shipped by Standard Post™ at the Post Office. Standard Post isn’t available for online shipping.

Envelopes and boxes of various sizes are available at no additional charge at your Post Office and online for items sent using either of these services. You can only use the free supplies for these services.
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