Hereís how to address your mail for faster delivery

Hereís how to address your mail for faster delivery


The US Postal Service is driven by Bar Code on the Big Pitney-Bowes Machines (The Machine).

These machines sort the mail into bundles, which the postman carries down one side of the street, or maybe into an apartment complex.The postmen donít have to think anymore!!!If an item isnít on their Route, they resubmit it to the system, or put it in an undeliverable bin where, when somebody has some time theyíll see if they can figure where itís supposed to go.


1) The bottom 5/8" of a letter is a reserved space for this Bar Code.

†††† If there is some writing or marks in this area, it will most likely be rejected by The Machine.

†††† If returning the letter or it came to the wrong address, itís advisable to Black out the Bar Code.


2) These machines and the postmen read the address from the Bottom Up.

††† The bottom address line is supposed to be City (State Code) Zip

††† The next line up is the (street address and APT or STE) or PO BOX

††† The next line up is the Persons Name or Company Name

††† When an attention line is necessary, always put it first.


3) The preferred Font is GOTHIC and ALL CHARACTERS MUST BE CAPITALIZED, except the Return

†††† Address.No punctuation is allowed, i.e.: comma or period.

†††† If these standards arenít adhered to, the letter cannot be processed by The Machine.In this case it goes down

†††† another isle and is displayed on a postal workers screen, in Rancho Cucamonga.This worker reads it and

†††† keys it in.When this happens a Pink Bar Code is printed on the bottom of the back side of the letter.


4) Your Return Address, you donít want it to be Postally correct because The Machine may pick that one up

†††† instead of where you wanted it to go, and be delivered to you.


5) You can visit the Postmasters Web site and find out the correct ďFull Address in Standard FormatĒ.

††††† then pic ďFind a Zip CodeĒ or

††††† Another handy feature on the bottom right is: Yellow Page and White Page lookup nationwide.


Zip Codes: Five Numbers dash ď-ď Four Numbers, the -4 numbers is the bundle that the postman carries down one side of the street or on the 1st or 2nd floor of an apartment complex.If your not sure about the -4, donít use it.


Sometimes thereís another Code after the Zip Code.This is the Carrier Route which consists of 2 Alpha and 2 Numeric, ie ďAB12", or just 2 numeric.†† This isnít of concern to you.


Correct Abreviations:

State Codes: two capital letters, and Country Codes: three capital letters.


Street Addressí: AVE(Avenue), BLVD(Boulevard), CIR(Circle), CMN(Common). CT(Court), DR(Drive),LN(Lane), PKWY(Parkway), PL(Place), RD(Road), ST(Street), TER(Terrace), WAY(Way)

APT(Apartment), LOT(trailer park), RM(Room), {SP(Space)(trailer park)}, STE(Suite), TRL(Trail), UNIT(Unit)



PO BOX (Post Office Box), PMB(Private Mail Box)

N(North), S(South), E(East), W(West), NE(North East), NW(North West), SE(South East), SW(South West)


Please type or print address clearly in the middle of a white envelope, using black ink. And, for fastest processing, use the printed reply envelopes provided in your bills for making payments.