How to Address & Stamp a Letter

Review your letter before addressing the envelope.
Review your letter before addressing the envelope. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A letter with insufficient postage or a wrong address will not be delivered. Neither will one with an incorrect ZIP code. Follow the basic rules when you address and stamp a letter. Write the address with a non-drip ink pen to ensure ink does not run if it is exposed to inclement weather. Always include your return address in case the U.S. Postal Service needs to return an undeliverable letter to you. Add the proper ZIP code to the letter to ensure delivery.

Things You'll Need

  • Envelope
  • Ink pen
  • Stamp

Fold your letter into thirds. Insert it into the envelope. Lick the flap to seal.

Write the recipient's name legibly in the middle of the front of the envelope and put their street address underneath the name. Write the city, state and ZIP code underneath the street address.

Write your name on the top left-hand corner of the front of the envelope. Underneath write your street address and on a third line, write your city, state and ZIP code.

Remove the adhesive backing off the stamp. Press the stamp to the top right corner of the envelope.

Place your letter in your mailbox for the letter carrier to pick it up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rain might cause ink to smear so use non-drip pens.

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