How to address your mail
When we can read your mail easily this helps us achieve the fastest delivery times.
Follow these guidelines to address and format your mail best for fast delivery in the UK and overseas.
Sending mail within the UK
Here is an example of the best way to write a UK address:
Miss S Pollard
1 Chapel Hill
Use a full and accurate address with a town and a postcode.
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- The name and address go on the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope or parcel.
- Leave a generous margin around the address.
- Place the correct postage on the top right.
- Use a clear and easy to read hand writing (or font if you are printing the address).
- Left align the text (no centred or 'stepped' lines).
- No commas or full stops.
Use a pen or ink that is clear against the colour of the envelope or parcel.
Tip - stick on a white label with black ink.
Write or print the name of the person (or people) you are sending to on the first line, above the address. It's best to include their surname as well as their first name.
You can add a line for an organisation name.
Use a line for the property number and street name.
If the property has a full name, this can take up one line and drop the street name onto the next line.
Next line can be used to name the local area or village name.
Next line should be for the town. Write the name of the town in capital (upper case) letters.
- No need to include a county name.
The final line should be the UK postcode, again in capital letters.
A return address is an address we can send the mail back to, in case we were prevented from delivering it.
Write the words 'return address' on the back of the envelope and underneath that, the actual return address.
Sending mail to an international destination
The advice for positioning the address, the text, colour and line order, are the same as for sending mail within the UK. Just add the country name to the final line.
- Remember to write the destination country in upper case (capital) letters on the last line.
Here is an example of the typical way to write an address to an international destination.
Av das A’Augsa Livres
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