What is it? Where do I find it? How can the U.S. postal service help me?
When you write a letter, you need to know where to send it. This is called the contact information for the person or business to whom you are writing.
For mailing a letter, contact information includes all of the following:
Where do I find an address?
For a friendly letter, you probably have the address of the person to whom you want to write. If not, get in touch with them and ask them where you should send their letter. Some people use post office boxes (P.O. Boxes) instead of street addresses - these are mail boxes located at the post office that you can rent if you do not want mail to come to your house, or if you want all your mail to be sent to one central location if you do not have a single street address.
For a business letter, you want the company's MAILING ADDRESS, which may be different than their location (or street address). Many companies have special locations just for receiving mail which may not be in their headquarters building. You can find addresses for businesses in many locations:
The United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a website at www.usps.com. This web site offers lots of services, from helping you find information to helping you ship letters and packages.
They can help you find a ZIP code if you have the other parts of the address.
They can help you find a state postal abbreviation or an abbreviation for "street", "avenue," and other thoroughfare titles.
You can also find out how much postage is, both by stamp prices (which change frequently) and by the weight of your letter or package (the more it weighs, the more it costs to send).