Character Limits for Labels | Overview

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.

Special characters, such as ñ é í ó ú ü ¿ ¡, cannot be used. These characters will need to be removed and replaced with the Roman alphabet (a, b, c, d, etc.)

To allow for additional space, we recommend abbreviating when you can. Using Google Translate can be a great tool in factoring what changes can be made.

Each carrier has their own character limits. This article covers carrier limits for:

  • USPS

  • UPS

  • FedEx

Character Limits for USPS Labels

Ship From - USPS Character Limits

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 - USPS Character Limits

Field

Maximum Character Count

Name (First and Last combined)

47

Company Name

47

Address line 1 (Format w/ order number)

44

Address line 2 (Format w/ other label option. Learn how to customize the label.)

42

City

50

State

50

SKU (on List Order Items Labels)

100

Ship To - International - USPS Character Limits

Field

Maximum Character Count

Name (Only first and last name)

34

Name (Combined first, last and company name)

33

Address line 1 ( PS Form 2976)

47

Address line 1 (PS Form 2976-A, PS Form 2976-B)

27

Address line 2 (PS Form 2976)

47

Address line 2 (PS Form 2976-A, PS Form 2976-B)

27

City

27

Province

27

The product description on customs form*

50

SKU (on USPS shipment labels generated by Stamps.com)

20

Note

In the case of long descriptions, the information may appear truncated. However, as long as character count is within max limits, USPS is receiving the full product description.

Tips for Abbreviating USPS Shipping Addresses

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 repurchase it. When you repurchase, 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

Character Limits for UPS Labels

Character limits for UPS Labels:

Field

Maximum Character Count

First/Last Name

35

Company

35

Address Line 1

35

Address Line 2

35

City

30

State/Province

30

Email Address

50

Character Limits for FedEx Labels

Ship From - FedEx Character Limits

Field

Maximum Character Count

Name (first and last combined)

35

Company name

30

Address Line 1

30

Address Line

30

City

30

State

30

Ship To - Domestic - FedEx Character Limits

Field

Maximum Character Count

Name (first and last combined)

35

Company name

30

Address Line 1

30

Address Line 2

30

City

30

State

30

Order number

40

Phone number

15

Ship To - International - FedEx Character Limits

Field

Maximum Character Count

Name (First and Last combined)

35

Company name

35

Address line 1

35

Address line 2

35

City

35

Province

35

Product description on the customs form

35

Phone number

15

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