Mailing Your Letter or Package

Do you know the correct way to address an envelope or a package? Here are some tips:

  • Put the address in the center.
  • The name of the person to whom you are sending the letter goes on the first line.
  • Their street address goes on the second line.
  • The city or town, state, and zip code go on the third line.
  • Be sure to print clearly.
  • Put your name and address in the top left corner. This is the return address.
  • Don't forget the stamp!

    Mail the letter at your local post office or put it in a mailbox.


Photo: Mailboxes

United States Postal Service mailboxes can be found on many streets.

To send mail to other countries, keep these tips in mind:

· The full address should be typed or printed clearly in English on one side of the item.

· An address in a foreign language is permitted if the names of the city, province, and country are also indicated in English.
· The last line of the address must include only the complete country name (no abbreviations) written in uppercase letters. Example: MEXICO

· Foreign postal codes (numeric or alpha), if used, should be placed on the line above the destination country. Some countries prefer that the postal code follow the name, while others prefer that it precede the city or town name.

· Put your address in the top left corner - and include the zip code and USA

· If you have any questions, ask at the post office.

The United States Post Office offers several mailing services:

· Certified mail
· Priority mail
· Express mail
· Air mail· Registered mail
· First class
· Parcel post




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Last Updated On Wednesday February 19, 2003 8:03 AM