Envelopes, Boxes and Packaging
Letters, bills, greeting cards, and other documents can be sent in standard white, manila, or recycled paper envelopes. These envelopes, along with stationery and prepaid First-Class™ Mail postcards and envelopes, can be purchased at most post offices.
Addressing for Success
Print or type your recipient’s name, including organization name if applicable.
Print or type the recipient’s street address. Use a post office box or street address, but not both.
Be sure to use a specific directional (for instance, NW for Northwest), if it is included in the address. There may be more than one Main Street.
Print or type the apartment or suite number (if applicable). The correct apartment or suite number helps to ensure delivery to the right location.
Your return address lets the Postal Service and your recipients know where a mail piece originates. A return address is required in specific mailing circumstances. However, to ensure the proper handling of any return mail, it is recommended a return address be placed on your mail piece.
Preparing your envelope or package’s return address:
Print or type your return address in the upper left corner on the front of the envelope or package.
Print the delivery and return addresses on the same side of your envelope or card.
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.
If you are using a Priority Mail product, print or type your return address in the ‘From’ space of the box or USPS-provided address label.
Need a Label?
If you are not at a Post Office, you can print and pay for your Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail postage labels online using http://www.shipgooder.com.
International labels with postage may be purchased online for Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International, and First-Class Package International Service using Click-N-Ship. Some items may require Customs forms.
Need to follow the progress of your package? USPS Tracking is provided free for domestic priority mail items with a tracking number. You can elect to have updates sent by email or text message.
You can also set delivery instructions for incoming packages with tracking numbers using your free My ShipGooder account.
In addition, you can arrange for free package pickup online for most packages.
Sending to a military address? Military addresses must show the full name with middle name or initial.
The delivery line (the second line from the bottom in the address) must show the word “UNIT”, “CMR” or “PSC” and number; and box number assigned.
Replace the city name with APO, FPO or DPO, and the state with AA, AE, or AP. Be sure to include the ZIP+4 Code.
Military mail that is sent to overseas stations may require Customs forms. Please see Military Guidelines.
City, State, and ZIP Code
Using the correct ZIP Code helps to direct your mail efficiently and accurately. ZIP Codes are a snap to look up online or with our mobile app. Simply visit ShipGooder.com on your mobile device.
Once there, you can find the correct spelling of a city name and other abbreviations for commonly used state and street names.
Remember, employees at your local post office are happy to assist you with your shipping needs.