Whether you’re sending a thank you card or a letter, you can usually rely on the generally recommended standards for addressing your envelope. The simple procedures for addressing an envelope are as follows:
- Your name and mailing address are: In the upper left-hand corner, write your name and address. Your full name appears on the first line, your street address or post office box number appears on the second line, and your city, state, and zip code appear on the third line. The state might be written in its entirety or shortened form.
- Name and address of the recipient: The name and address of the recipient are written in the center of the envelope. The recipient’s complete name appears on the top line, followed by the recipient’s street address on the second line, and the recipient’s city, state, and zip code on the third line. The state might be written in its entirety or shortened form.
- The stamp is placed in the upper right-hand corner of an envelope for a normal 1-ounce letter or card. Check with the post office about the type and quantity of stamps you’ll need if you’re mailing an irregular-shaped, bulky envelope or an international letter.
You can add a title to the recipient’s complete name as an extra indication of respect, though it isn’t necessarily required on informal or non-business mail. Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, or Dr. are common titles. Mrs. Emma Smith is an example of a title.