USPS: 2-cent stamp increase on Jan. 21

Published 11:00 am Sunday, December 31, 2023

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The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of mailing services price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2024. The new rates include a 2-cent increase in the price of a First- Class Mail Forever stamp, from 66 cents to 68 cents.

The proposed adjustments, approved by the governors of the Postal Service, would raise mailing services product prices approximately 2 percent. If favorably reviewed by the commission, the price changes would include:

  • Letters (1 ounce): increase from 66 cents to 68 cents
  • Letters (metered 1 ounce): increase from 63 cents to 64 cents
  • Domestic Postcards: increase from 51 cents to 53 cents
  • International Postcards: increase from $1.50 to $1.55
  • International Letter (1 ounce): increase from $1.50 to $1.55

There will be no change to the additional-ounce price, which remains at 24 cents. The Postal Service is also seeking price adjustments for Special Services products including Certified Mail, Post Office Box rental fees, money order fees and the cost to purchase insurance when mailing an item.

“As inflationary pressures on operating expenses continue and the effects of a previously defective pricing model are still being felt, these price adjustments are needed to provide the Postal Service with much needed revenue to achieve the financial stability sought by its Delivering for America 10-year plan. The prices of the Postal Service remain among the most affordable in the world,” according to a USPS statement.

The PRC will review the changes before they are scheduled to take effect. The complete Postal Service price filing, with prices for all products, can be found on the PRC website under the Daily Listings section at The price tables are also available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at