Forever Stamps to Be Around Forever

January 19, 2011 

Release No. 11-027 

Public acceptance of the Forever Stamp (Liberty Bell), first issued in 2007, has been so successful that the U.S. Postal Service has decided that all future one-ounce, commemorative first-class postage stamps will be “forever” stamps. The Postal Service is meeting the needs of customers who appreciate the convenience of knowing when they buy stamps, they’ll be good forever. Customers want to buy stamps and not have to worry about future price changes; now there is no need to purchase make-up stamps when prices change.

The Forever Stamp first went on sale in April 2007. Since then, 28 billion Forever Stamps have been sold. Starting on January 22, all new first-class mail commemorative stamps will be “forever” stamps. As the name suggests, “forever” stamps can be used to mail a one-ounce, first-class letter regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used and no matter how prices may change in the future.

“Forever” stamps are always sold at the same price as a regular first-class mail stamp. Currently, “forever” stamps are sold at 44 cents. The Postal Service developed the “forever” stamp as a customer convenience, to help consumers ease the transition during price changes. Commemorative stamps issued in the future will all be “forever” stamps.

“Forever” stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices nationwide, online at, and by phone at 800-STAMP-24.

Customers can use “forever” stamps for international mail, but since all international prices are higher than domestic prices, customers will need to attach additional postage. The value of the “forever” stamp is the domestic first-class mail letter price in effect on the day of use.

Stamp collectors will be pleased since a greater variety of stamps will be used on mail. The philatelic community can use the expansion of the “forever” stamp program as a springboard to excite others and get them interested in the world’s most popular stamp program.

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