Each mail piece must have a clear space for the address, postage, postmarks and postal endorsements. Put the address on one side of the mail piece only.
The address must include: the name or identification of the recipient, followed by the delivery address (including number, street, directional and if any, apartment or suite number; or P.O. Box number; or route and box number), and on the last line, the city, state, and ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code. The attention line is the line above the recipient/firm name.
|Line 1:||Information / Attention||John Doe|
|Line 2:||Recipient / Firm Name||ABC Company|
|Line 3:||Complete Street, P.O. or Route Address||123 Ace ST. NE APT 4|
|Line 4:||City, State & ZIP Code||Ames, NY 10802-1551|
Print the delivery address in the middle of the envelope, with line 4 at least 3/4 from the bottom. Place the return address in the upper left corner. Postage will be placed in the upper right corner.
You should put a return address on all mail pieces; you must put your return address on:
- mail of any class requiring return or address correction
- Priority Mail
- Mail with Permit Imprints
- All Standard Mail
- Registered, Insured and C.O.D. mail
- Certified mail or Express Mail if a return receipt is requested
- Periodicals in envelopes or wrappers
- Official mail
The return address should not extend more than half the length of the mail pieces to the right and no lower than one-third of the height of the mail piece from the top.
Print forwarding, return, and address correction endorsements directly below the return address.