Sunday, January 22, 2012

New U.S. postage rates today (2012)

Today is the day when the latest round of postage rate increases take effect. Don't ask me why the new rate starts on a Sunday, when there is no mail delivery or postmarks, because I have no idea. If anyone can answer that question, please, comment away! (Pictured above is the new 2012 international rate stamp, featuring Lancaster County, PA)

The new rates are as follows:

  • Letters within USA (up to 1 oz.) – 45 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards within USA – 32 cents
  • Letters and postcards to Canada or Mexico (up to 1 oz.) – 85 cents
  • Letters and postcards to other international destinations – $1.05

  • Source: Postal Service Adjusts Mailing Services Prices for 2012

    "Forever" stamps will reflect the current first-class rate. So, if you are using a numbered stamp, or a Zazzle-bought stamp etc and it says 44 cents, you'll need to make sure you add a 1-cent stamp. However, if you're using a Forever stamp, it becomes worth 45 cents so you don't need to add extra postage.

    All postage released at first-class rate in 2012 will be Forever, and all of the later releases in 2011 were Forever stamps. As much as I miss the numbers, and combining old/vintage stamps to provide the proper face value, I have to admit that the Forever designation is handy and a good value.

    Happy mailing!


    1. Oh My! Good thing my old Year of the Dragon stamps are 33 cents. They will work for my Lunar New Year postcard, just!


    2. I still remember when we had different rates for letters and postcards here in Spain. Nowadays it looks like nobody send cards anymore but a bunch of crazy people like us so the postage rate for letters and postcards is the same. Unfair.

      Happy Mailing!

    3. Alhana - our postage rate for international letters and postcards is the same, too.

    4. Christine H, I accidentally deleted your comment, so sorry! You said:

      "Thank you so much. Without your reminder I would have forgotten. Thankfully, the Post Office still seems to deliver my letters even on the rare occasions when I don't put enough postage on them."

      Incidentally, I went to my post office today and they STILL don't have these 1.05 stamps in yet. I also pre-ordered them, along with a bunch of other new releases... and still haven't received them. Argh.

    5. I am sorry you have not gotten yours yet (as of your posting) but I am glad it is not just me. Our local did not have them on the 23rd either and I have not yet gotten my pre order of them either or anything else for that matter.

      I have been having a small protest of not going to the PO again and waiting on my order but I may have to break that...if the PO will even have them yet.

    6. Its great, Now a days who are using post cards only few of them like me, are still making use of cards(whatever may be the charge)buts feels Good by posting the cards.

    7. The new Forever Stamps are very convenient. As far as the day they picked for effecting this increase in the postage rates, they may have thought it would bother customers less. For example, customers visiting the post-office on Monday may be informed of the increase on that day for the first time. The clerks will let them know that the change was effected on Sunday, not the very day they visited the service, so they won't feel very unlucky.