How Do I:??

How to Address an Envelope:

(Your Return
Address Here)
(Place stamp here)
[Name of Addressee]
[Street Number] [Street Name], [Apt.#]
[City], [State]  [5- or 9-digit zipcode


Where to Mail your Letter or Package:

A Mail Box

You may mail a letter or package under 16 oz. in a mailbox, a blue box found on many street corners around U.S. cities and towns. Each mail box should have pick up times clearly posted on top. When dropping in your letter, check to see it has gone down the chute.
! Packages over 16 oz. placed in a mailbox will not be sent. Bring the package to the post office or retail mailing shop instead. The clerk will process it for you.

The Post Office

In the larger cities, when you go to the Post Office you must take a number and wait in line. Post offices tend to be extremely crowded around Christmas. Try to go as early in the morning as possible. Post office branches open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. while main branches close at 6 p.m.

Buying Stamps

! The cost of a first-class postage stamp to mail a letter is currently 39 cents, although rates tend to change often.

Stamps are sold individually or in booklets of 10 ($3.90) or 20 ($7.80) or in rolls of 100 ($39.00)

You may buy stamps at the following locations:

  • online, if you have a PC. Link to the U.S. Postal Service website (http://www.usps.com) and click on "stamps online".
  • at your local post office
  • at some ATM (automated teller) machines
  • at some pharmacies and supermarkets
  • by mail
  • retail mailing stores (you may have to pay a surcharge for stamps and to mail packages through the USPS)

Postal Rates and Fees

The U.S. Postal Service's online postage calculator lets you determine the cost to mail a letter or package anywhere in the world as long as you know the weight of the package and the zip code of the package's origin and destination:


Alternatively, you may view text charts for both domestic and international rates.

If you don't know the weight of the letter or package to be mailed, you may go to your local Post Office and the postal clerk will weigh it for you.


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