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Address Standards for International Mail

Read about U.S. Postal Service (USPS) address standards for international mail.

When addressing international mail, use these USPS recommendations for destination and return addresses.

Destination address:

  • Use all capital letters.
  • Type or legibly write the address in English.
  • Use no more than 5 lines, including:
    1. Addressee's name
    2. Street address or P.O. box number
    3. City or town, principal subdivision such as province, state, or county, and postal code. In some countries, the postal code may precede the city or town.
    4. Country name

Samples:

MS JOYCE BROWNING
2045 ROYAL ROAD
LONDON WIP 6HQ
ENGLAND
MS JOYCE BROWNING
2045 ROYAL ROAD
06570 ST PAUL
FRANCE

Return address:

  • Sender's name
  • Department and phone number
  • University of California, San Diego
  • 9500 Gilman Dr., Dept. plus Mail Code
  • La Jolla, CA 92093 plus Mail Code

Sample:

JOHN E DOE
SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT 534-0000
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
9500 GILMAN DR DEPT 0533
LA JOLLA CA 92093-0533

  • Important: If your item requires a customs form, the return address on your mail and on the customs form must be identical.

For step-by-step mailing instructions, see How to Send USPS International Mail.