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How to Address an Envelope to Someone's Attention

Updated March 23, 2017

Addressing an envelope may seem like a simple task, but a small mistake might mean your letter is not received by the intended recipient. If you are writing a letter to an individual at a large organisation such as a company or a school, it's important to address the envelope to their attention. The United States Postal Services recommends that you do this with an "Attention" line, which should be the first line of the address.

Write "Attn" and the recipient's name on the centre of the envelope. For example: "Attn Jane Smith."

Write the organisation name below the recipient's name, such as "Hartford Bank" or "Green Elementary School."

Write the street address of the organisation below its name, such as "123 Black St."

Write the city, state abbreviation and zip code below the street address, such as "Hartwood, WA 98001."

Tip

You can write the recipient's name larger than the rest of the address, so it stands out.

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