Postage rates go up May 12

Postage rates go up May 12

The cost of mailing a one-ounce, first-class letter will rise to 42 cents, a one-cent increase, on Monday, May 12.

Prices for other mailing services, such as standard mail, periodicals, package services (including single-piece parcel post), and special services also will change. (See chart below.)

The St. Thomas Post Office, located in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center, has new 42-cent, "forever" and one-cent stamps available for purchase.

“The Postal Service developed the 'forever' stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes,” Postmaster General John Potter said. “We encourage Americans to buy 'forever' stamps now for 41 cents, because like the name suggests, they are good forever.” The price goes up to 42 cents on May 12.

Prices for mailing services will be adjusted annually each May. The Postal Service plans to provide 90 days' notice before price changes.

An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation – 146 million homes and businesses. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.

Selected Prices & Services
Current New
(Effective May 12)
First-Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) 41¢ 42¢ First-Class Mail Letter (2 oz.) 58¢ 59¢ Postcard 26¢ 27¢ Large Envelope (2 oz.) 97¢ $1 Money Orders (up to $500) $1.05 $1.05 Certified Mail $2.65 $2.70 First-Class Mail International Letter
(1 oz. to Canada and Mexico)
69¢ 72¢ First-Class Mail International Letter
(1 oz. to other countries)
90¢ 94¢