(Closed) Mailing without return address?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What does he mean you “can’t” mail anything without a return address? I’ve posted heaps of things without a return address. I’ll only include a return address if a) it’s important (e.g. a cheque) or, b) if I’m expecting a reply from the recipient and they may not know my address.

There is certainly no rule that says you must include a return address on all your mail.

Post # 5
3968 posts
Honey bee

Technically, it’s true.  I learned this after my invites went out (and there was no return address on my RSVP cards – but, I received all of them)

 From USPS website:

1.5.3 Required Use of Return Addresses

The sender’s domestic return address must appear legibly on:

a.Mail of any class bearing a printed ancillary service request or an ancillaryservice request embedded within an Intelligent Mail barcode.

b.Official mail.

c.Mail paid with precanceled stamps (except Standard Mail pieces weighing13 ounces or less and bearing a mailer’s postmark in accordance with604.3.4).

d.Matter bearing a company permit imprint.

e.Priority Mail (including Critical Mail).

f.Periodicals in envelopes or wrappers.

g.Package Services (except unendorsed Bound Printed Matter).

h.Parcel Select (including Parcel Select Regional Ground).

i.Registered Mail.

j.Insured mail.

k.Collect on delivery (COD) mail.

l.Certified Mail if a return receipt is requested.

m.Express Mail if a return receipt is requested. The return address on the Express Mail label meets this standard.

n.Detached addressed labels (DALs



Post # 6
507 posts
Busy bee

I’m pretty sure you can, technically (in Canada, anyways).  If it was me, though, I probably would try to squeeze a return address on somehow.  One of our save the dates actually came back to us – my cousin had given us the wrong address.  If we hadn’t put the return address on there, we would have never known they didn’t receive it.

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