The current value of the USPS Forever Postage Stamp is now: $0.49

The rate changed on January 22

Rate last validated March 17, 2017.

The price of a Forever Stamp (one ounce First Class stamp that auto-adjusts to the current postage rate) is $0.49. The last rate change occured on January 22, 2017.

The soonest I anticipate the next rate change occuring is January of 2018.

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Quick Reference: First Class STANDARD SIZE Rates for over One Ounce
Weight: Postage: Translates To:
2 oz. $0.70 1x Forever stamp + $0.21
3 oz. $0.91 1x Forever stamp + $0.42, or, simply 2x Forever Stamps (which results in a $.07 donation to the Post Office)

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Quick Reference: First Class OVERSIZED Letter Chart
Weight: Postage: Translates To:
1 oz. $0.98 Two Forever Stamps
2 oz. $1.19 Two Forever Stamps + $0.21
3 oz. $1.40 Two Forever Stamps + $0.42, or, three Forever Stamps (which results in a $.07 donation to the Post Office)
4 oz. $1.61 Three Forever Stamps + $0.14

Visit the United States Post Office web site for additional rules, regulations, and mailing options.

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Forever Stamp Historical Values
Date: Price
January 22, 2017 $0.49
April 10, 2016 $0.47
January 26, 2014 $0.49
January 27, 2013 $0.46
January 22, 2012 $0.45
May 11, 2009 $0.44
May 12, 2008 $0.42
April 12, 2007 $0.41
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Additional Questions and Answers about Postage Stamps and Rates

What is a Forever Stamp?

Forever Stamps are a special type of stamp created by the United States Post Office that will always be worth one First Class stamp. When they were initially created in 2007 a Forever Stamp cost only $0.41. Their value has increased since then and they are now worth significantly more. Remember how you used to have buy $0.01 or $0.02 stamps to cover postage cost increases? That is a thing of the past with Forever Stamps!

How much does it cost to mail a postcard?

In 2017 the cost to mail a standard size postcard is 34 cents ($0.34). The postcard can be no larger than 6 inches by 4.25 inches.

How much is a First Class Stamp?

The cost of a first class stamp varies, with the price being adjusted (typically once every year or so) by the Post Office. The current rate is $0.49 (see above for historical values). By purchasing a "Forever Stamp", the stamp's value will adjust to match whatever the then-current postage rate is for a one ounce stamp.

Does the Post Office Have an Online Postage Calculator?

Yes, they do. It's available here: USPS Postage Price Calculator. Keep in mind that the form looks complex due to all of the available options. But, what do you expect? It's a government-created web site :-) All kidding aside, it's the best way to find out postage rates and costs (assuming you enter all of your factors accurately).

How much do additional ounces cost when mailing a letter?

In 2017 the cost for each additional ounce of postage is 21 cents ($0.21).

Was the United States the first to issue Forever Stamps?

Forever Stamps are a type of "non-denominated postage". While I do not know for sure which country was first, I do know that the United Kingdom began issuing non-denominated postage stamps back in 1989. The United States Postal Service launched "Forever Stamps" in 2007. In addition, the USPS had been issuing generic stamps close to rate changes that could be used before and after the rate change starting back in the 1970's. The practice continued in more recent years with stamps that began with a letter: A, B, or C, and continued up through the letter H.

Where is the best place to buy postage?

You have quite a few options for puchasing postage online. The obvious option is to buy stamps directly from the Post Office. They do charge $1 for shipping/handling your order.

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You can also buy stamps from Amazon.com (which helps support this site). The Post Office is actually one of the stamp sellers at Amazon.com. If you buy stamps at Amazon.com you will likely pay a little bit more than if you bought them directly from the post office, but if you are a member of Amazon Prime (free trial available), you won't have to pay the $1 shipping and handling fee that the Post Office charges if you order directly from the USPS.

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