US Postal state abbreviations

The US Postal Service suggests that state abbreviations should be used when addressing mail.

The USPS has developed a suggested 2-letter abbreviation for each of the 50 states and for the other territories in the USPS coverage area.

Here are the abbreviations:

  • ALABAMA:  AL
  • ALASKA:  AK
  • AMERICAN SAMOA:  AS
  • ARIZONA:   AZ
  • ARKANSAS:   AR
  • CALIFORNIA:   CA
  • COLORADO:   CO
  • CONNECTICUT:   CT
  • DELAWARE:   DE
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:   DC
  • FLORIDA:   FL
  • GEORGIA:   GA
  • GUAM:   GU
  • HAWAII:   HI
  • IDAHO:   ID
  • ILLINOIS:   IL
  • INDIANA:  IN
  • IOWA:   IA
  • KANSAS:   KS
  • KENTUCKY:   KY
  • LOUISIANA:   LA
  • MAINE:   ME
  • MARSHALL ISLANDS:   MH
  • MARYLAND:   MD
  • MASSACHUSETTS:   MA
  • MICHIGAN:   MI
  • MINNESOTA:   MN
  • MISSISSIPPI:   MS
  • MISSOURI:   MO
  • MONTANA:   MT
  • NEBRASKA:   NE
  • NEVADA:   NV
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE:   NH
  • NEW JERSEY:   NJ
  • NEW MEXICO:   NM
  • NEW YORK:   NY
  • NORTH CAROLINA:   NC
  • NORTH DAKOTA:   ND
  • NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS:   MP
  • OHIO:   OH
  • OKLAHOMA:   OK
  • OREGON:   OR
  • PALAU:   PW
  • PENNSYLVANIA:   PA
  • PUERTO RICO:   PR
  • RHODE ISLAND:   RI
  • SOUTH CAROLINA:   SC
  • SOUTH DAKOTA:   SD
  • TENNESSEE:   TN
  • TEXAS:   TX
  • UTAH:   UT
  • VERMONT:   VT
  • VIRGIN ISLANDS:  VI
  • VIRGINIA:  VA
  • WASHINGTON:  WA
  • WASHINGTON DC:   DC
  • WEST VIRGINIA:  WV
  • WISCONSIN:  WI
  • WYOMING:  WY

Tips for USPS addressing:

Most US mail is handled automatically, and the address on your mailing piece will most likely be scanned and ‘read’ electronically.
To ensure your mail is easy to scan, the USPS offers these suggestions when addressing your mailpiece:
  • use capital letters
  • don’t use any puctuation
  • allow two spaces between state and ZIP Code
Note: when you use our Postcard Magnets direct mail campaigns, we generally ensure your mailing list is formatted based on US Postal Service standards, to maximize delivery service.  For more information, please visit our site at magnetbyMail.com  .
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