When you mail a card, do you have to include the return address?


Quick Answer

The United States Postal Service does not require a return address on most pieces of First-Class Mail. Several exceptions to this postal rule exist, however. Most of these apply to official mail, registered letters and all packages sent via Priority or Express Mail.

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The USPS relies on the return address if a delivery is unable to reach its intended recipient. The USPS destroys pieces of mail that do not reach their destination and do not have a legible return address printed on the package. If a sender chooses to use a return address, it should contain both the sender's name and full address.

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