The United States postal system is an incredible public service. For only $0.55, one can send a letter anywhere in the United States to arrive in 1-3 days! The first $0.55 covers up to 1 ounce. After that, add $0.15 per ounce up to 3.5 ounces. If you're wondering "How many stamps do I need?" check out our handy visual guide below.
At this time, mail to the United States is
You can track updates on the USPS website. Please note that while first-class mail leters are not experiencing Covid-related delays, other types of mail such as first-class mail packages and Priority Mail are experiencing delays.
We monitor for updates daily and will update this page accordingly.
How many stamps for a postcard?
If you're sending a postcard to the United States you'll need one
Postcard Stamp for $0.35. You can also overpay using one Forever Stamp for $0.55.
Make sure your postcard is:
Rectangular (it can't be a square or round)
At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick
Your envelope must be a minimum 5” x 3.5”, maximum 11.5” x 6+⅛”, and no thicker than 1/4".
Make sure your envelope is of uniform thickness, rectangular, and bendable. Otherwise, you may have a "non-machinable" envelope and add $0.15 of extra postage. Check out the full list of non-machinable characteristics.
Square envelopes must be a minimum of 5". Square envelopes are considered non-machinable so add the extra $0.21.
If you're sending printed photos, check out our guide on how many stamps are needed to mail 4x6 photos — no scale needed!
Where to buy stamps
You can buy stamps at your local USPS post office and online at USPS.com — shipping is just over $1 for a sheet of stamps. Walmart and Amazon also carry stamps, as well as many local banks. Stamps from Amazon aren't a very good deal at $16.18 for a sheet of 20 which you can get for $5.18 less direct from the USPS.
We check postage rate changes weekly. Announced in October 2020, the next price increase is January 21, 2021 and applies to domestic first-class mail only. Additional ounces will increase from $0.15 to $0.20. Metered mail and postcards will increase by 1 cent. There is no change to 1 oz letters and flats.
The previous rate change was on January 26, 2020. Rates for domestic letters under 3.5 ounces remained the same. Rates for flats (large envelopes) and all global first-class mail increased. Global forever stamps went from $1.15 to $1.20. (Your old, round global stamps are also forever stamps now worth $1.20.) In addition, rates on additional ounces for flats (large envelopes) went up by $0.05 per additional ounce for domestic flats and changed for international flats as well. Additional ounces for all international first-class mail changed with the base increase from $1.15 to $1.20.
Where to apply stamps on a letter
Stamps go in the upper-right corner of a letter, ideally all in one row. However, the post office will accept your letter even if your stamps go to a second or third line.
Delivery times for letters to the United States
Mail send with stamps isn't tracked and delivery times are not guaranteed, however the typical delivery time is 1-3 days.
Sending more than 3.5 ounces to the United States or sending large envelopes to the United States
Below are the rates for sending a large envelope ("flat") to the United States. The maximum weight for a standard letter is 3.5 ounces, so use a flat if you're sending more than 3.5 ounces. The base rate for the United States is $1.00. Extra ounces cost more and the maximum weight is 13 ounces.
The rates below are sourced directly from the USPS.
Note you can't use a bubble envelope as bubble envelopes are typically more than 1/4" thick. Bubble envelopes are usually considered a "package / thick envelope" by the USPS. You can purchase a label on PayPal and print at home or visit your local post office.
How many stamps do I need for a large envelope (flats) to the United States?
The number of stamps you'll need depends on the weight. First weigh your envelope using a kitchen scale then add the correct number of stamps, rounding up to the nearest ounce.
Sending on or after January 26, 2021? Be sure to add an additional $0.05 postage for each additional ounce. The additional ounce rate will increase from $0.15 to $0.20.
1 ounce ($1.00)
One Domestic Forever stamp, one 35¢ Postcard stamp, and one 10¢ stamp ($1.00)
Or you can overpay by $0.10 using two Domestic Forever stamps ($1.10)
2 ounces ($1.20)
Two Domestic Forever stamps, and one 10¢ stamp ($1.20)
Or you can overpay by $0.45 using three Domestic Forever stamps ($1.65)