Forever Stamp Fact Sheet




  • The first Forever Stamp went on sale in April 2007 and it featured an image of the Liberty Bell.  In 2011, all first-class one ounce stamps became forever stamps with the exception of stamps in coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000.
  • As the name suggests, Forever Stamps can be used to mail a one-ounce 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.
  • The Postal Service developed the Forever Stamp for consumers ease of use during price changes. Forever Stamps are available for purchase at post offices nationwide, online at, and by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724). They are sold in sheets and booklets of 20.
  • 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.

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