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What are the character limits for USPS labels?

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To ensure all of the information you need gets printed on your label, make sure you understand the character limits for each carrier's label. 

Ship From:

Field Maximum character count
Name (First and Last combined) 46
Company name 46
Address line 1 46
Address line 2 46
City 50
State 50

 

Ship To (Domestic):

Field Maximum character count
Name (First and Last combined) 47
Company name 47
Address line 1
&
Address line 2
Format w/ order number 44
Format w/ other label option (learn more) 42
City 50
State 50
SKU (on List Order Items labels) 100
* NOTE: The 'Order Number' label option is the default label option and the 'List Order Items (SKU)', 'List Order Items (Item Name)', and 'Carrier Note' are the non-default label options. Learn more.

Ship To (International):

Field Maximum character count
Name (First and Last combined) 35
Company name 35 
Address line 1  PS Form 2976 47
PS Form 2976-A
PS Form 2976-B
27
Address line 2  PS Form 2976 47
PS Form 2976-A
PS Form 2976-B 
27
City 27
Province 27
Product description on customs form * 50
* NOTE: in the case of longer descriptions, the information may appear truncated. However, as long as character count is within max limits, USPS is receiving the full product description.

Tips:  

Keep in mind that not all characters have the same "width". There are instances where the to/from address is cut off, even though the address fits within the character requirements. In these instances, please cancel the label, and rebuy it. When you re-buy, make sure to abbreviate the field wherever possible.

If you are having trouble meeting the character requirements, we recommend you abbreviate where possible.  Here are some suggested abbreviations:

N North Rd Road
S South St Street
E East Ct Court
W West Ln Lane

 


Related articles:

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What is the difference between duplicating and reprinting a label?
How to: Print a shipping label

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