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How to Send a Letter or Postcard

Step 1: Choose Envelope or Postcard

When mailing a letter or postcard, postage cost depends on the size and shape of the mailpiece. You can save money mailing standard sizes that fit through automated mail-processing equipment.

Size & Weight Determine Price

All envelopes must be flat. If your envelope can’t fit through automated processing equipment it is considered nonmachinable and costs more to send. Nonmachinable items include lumpy or rigid envelopes, and those that have clasps, string, or buttons. Unusually shaped square or vertical envelopes will also cost more to send.



Step 2: Address Your Mail

Write or print your return address and the address you're mailing to clearly in the correct spots to make sure your mail is delivered on time.

Address Format

Envelopes with addresses that are unclear or written in the wrong place may not get delivered.

Print addresses neatly in capital letters. Use a pen or permanent marker. Do not use commas or periods. Include the ZIP+4® Code whenever possible.

Write Recipient Address

Write the recipient’s address in the bottom center of the envelope. Include the following on separate lines:

Recipient's full name or company name Full street address and apartment or suite number, if applicable City, State, and ZIP+4 Code

If the apartment or suite number cannot fit on the delivery address line above the city, state, and ZIP+4 Code, place it on a separate line immediately above the delivery address line.

Secondary Address Unit Examples

Write Sender Address

Write the sender’s address in the top-left corner. Include the following on separate lines:

Postal Addressing Standards

Example 1 :

A M C Bandara,

No 12, Hill Street,

Dehiwala. 10350

Example 2 :

A M C Kumara,

No 12, Hilaval Road,

Nugegoda. 10250

Step 3: Calculate & Apply Postage

How many stamps you need to mail your letter depends on where it's going, its size, and its weight. Requesting a Certified Mail Receipt or other proof of delivery will add to the price. The current price of a First-Class Mail® Forever® letter stamp is $0.55 and $0.36 for a postcard.

Step 4: Send Your Mail

Mailing your stamped envelope or postcard is easy. You can leave it for your mail carrier to pick up or drop it off in several locations.

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