What Is the Format for Addresses in the United States?


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Addresses in the United States should be formatted into three or four lines: name; company name; street address; city, state and zip code. The United States Postal Service offers detailed guidelines and tips on their Business Mail 101 web page.

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What Is the Format for Addresses in the United States?
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Whether through the United States Postal Service, FedEx or UPS, mailing items requires a standardized method of labeling the packages for efficiency of delivery. Place the mailing address in the middle of the envelope or package in clearly readable writing on the same side as the postage. Avoid using fancy or hard-to read-fonts, and write with all capital letters.

Always include a return address on mailed items in the upper left-hand corner. Format the mailing and return address in the same manner.

The United States Postal Service's mechanized mail sorting reads addresses from bottom to top for broad to narrow sorting. Include cardinal directions on addresses since multiples of an address can exist in the same city. Indicate on the outside of an envelope if items are included that should not be bent, like photos, so these can be hand sorted instead of machine sorted. When taping a printed label, cover the entire label with tape to avoid moisture damage.

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