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Postal Standards and Abbreviations

Postal Standards and Abbreviations

Standard Postal Abbreviations

Use the following drop-down boxes to look up state and other abbreviations.

State & U.S. Possession Abbreviation
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Note: U.S. Possessions, such as American Samoa, are considered Domestic (same postage as the states).
Address Abbreviation
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Guidelines & Standards for Address Data Entry

The table below lists the allowable forms of data entry. Our Postal Software converts all addresses to the Standard form in order to qualify mailings for lower postage.

Box Numbers Standard = BOX 59A
Acceptable Data Entry Format
BX 59A BOX 59A
Rural Routes Standard = RR 2 -or- RR 2 BOX 59A
Acceptable Data Entry Format
R 2
R2
RR2
RR 2
R R 2
R.R. 2
ROUTE 2
RTE 2
RT 2
RD 2
RD2
RFD 2
RURAL 2
RURAL ROUTE 2
Highway Contracts Standard = HC 3 -or HC 3 BOX 43
Acceptable Data Entry Format
CONTRACT 3
HGWY CONTRACT 3
HGWY CONT 3
H. C. 3
H.C. 3
H CONTRACT 3
H CONT 3
HCR 3
HC 3
HIGH CONTRACT 3
HIGHWAY CONT 3
HWY CONT 3
HY CONT 3
HY CONTRACT 3
HIGHWAY CONTRACT 3
HIGH CONT 3
STAR ROUTE 3
Post Office Boxes Standard = PO BOX 29
Acceptable Data Entry Format
P O BOX 29
BOX 29
P.O. BOX 29
BX 29
P BOX 29
P BX 29
PO BX 29
PO BOX 29
POST BX 29
POST OFFICE BOX 29
POSTOFFICE BOX 29
POST OFFICE BX 29
POSTOFFICE BX 29
POSTAL BOX 29
POSTAL BX 29
POST BOX 29
General Delivery Standard = GENERAL DELIVERY
Acceptable Data Entry Format
GENERAL DEL
GENERAL D
GEN DELIVERY
GEN DEL
GEN D
G DELIVERY
G DEL
GENERAL DELIVERY
County Roads Standard = COUNTY RD 20
Acceptable Data Entry Format
COUNTY RD 20
COUNTY HWY 20
COUNTY TRK 20
CTY RD 20
COUNTY TRUNK 20
COUNTY 20
State Roads Standard = STATE RD 20
Acceptable Data Entry Format
STATE 20
STATE HWY 20
ST RD 20
STATE ROAD 20
ST ROAD 20
STATE RD 20
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