To determine how many stamps to put on a large envelope, the sender must first weigh the envelope with the contents inside and measure it to be sure it conforms to USPS large envelope specifications. Next, the sender should type in the point of origin and destination on the USPS online postage price calculator. The calculator gives prices for various options of service based on security and speed.
As of September 2014, USPS defines large envelopes as those with minimum dimensions of 6 1/8 inches by 11 1/2 inches and maximum dimensions of 12 inches by 15 inches. The envelopes also must be a maximum of 3/4 inches thick. Mail sent to international destinations needs more postage than mail sent to domestic destinations.
Large envelopes can be sent via priority mail express, priority mail and first class mail as of September 2014. Priority mail express is quickest, and the base fee includes mail tracking and insurance for up to $100. Priority mail is faster than first class mail. For additional fees, more services can be added to the basic postage rate, including insurance against loss or damage for up to $5,000, USPS tracking, signature confirmation of delivery and certified mail. The most secure method of mailing is registered mail, which includes proof of mailing, confirmation of delivery or attempted delivery, and insurance up to $25,000 based on the value of the contents.Learn More
If the apartment complex has a resident manager or a rental office on site, an envelope without an apartment number in the address may be delivered there instead. Otherwise, an envelope without this information may be returned to the sender.Full Answer >
First day cover envelopes without stamps are virtually worthless as of 2014. The value of a first day cover derives from the value of the stamp and the cachet. Other factors that affect a first cover envelope's value are its overall appearance and the quality of the postmark.Full Answer >
The U.S. Postal Service divides mail into standard and non-standard sizes. An envelope is classified as non-standard if it exceeds 6 1/8 inches in height, 11 1/2 inches in length, 1/4 inch in thickness or if its length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.Full Answer >
The number of stamps needed for a manila envelope is determined by the size, weight and destination of the envelope. Once these details are calculated, the sender can type the information into the USPS online postage price calculator and choose one of the postal services, the prices of which vary based on speed and security.Full Answer >