How to Write the Return Address on an Envelope

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How to Write the Return Address on an Envelope
Writing the return address on an envelope is easy. (Black Grey and White Envelope Set image by Sophia Winters from Fotolia.com)

Writing the return address on an envelope is very easy, but also very important. You must write it in the correct area or else a number of things could happen. If you write your recipient's address where your return address should be, and your return address is written where your recipient's address should be, you will get your letter mailed back to you. If your return address is not legible, you will not get it back if your recipient's address is incorrect or your postage is wrong and cannot be mailed.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Envelope
  • Stamp
  • Ink

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Instructions

  1. 1

    On the side of the envelope that does not have the opening, find the top left corner. Make sure you do not write the address of the person you are mailing it to in this spot, otherwise, they will not receive your letter.

    How to Write the Return Address on an Envelope
    This is the wrong side of the envelope to write on. (letter size envelope image by Albo from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Write your name and full address, including address number, street name, city, state and postcode. If you only have a P.O. box address, write the full address. These should be divided into three lines. The first line would have your name. On the second line directly under the first line, write the address number and street name. Include an apartment or suite number if applicable. On the third line directly under the second line, write your city, followed by a comma, state or state abbreviation, then postcode. The following is a visual example:

    Bob Smith 123 Main St. Apt. #2 Citytown, NY 12345

    How to Write the Return Address on an Envelope
    This man's thumb is located where you need to write your return address on an envelope. (envelope image by Peter Baxter from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    If you are addressing an envelope to go to a different country, remember to write your country's name on a fourth line underneath the line with city, state and postcode. For the United States, you can write U.S.A.

    How to Write the Return Address on an Envelope
    Make sure to specify what country you are mailing to and from if the letter is to be mailed internationally. (Envelope and pen image by Svetlana Kashkina from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Write legibly.

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