Stamp Announcement 18-27: Honoring First Responders Stamp


On September 13, 2018, in Missoula, MT, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Honoring First Responders stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps (Item 478100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 13, 2018.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes the men and women — firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service professionals — who respond to critical situations with skill, dedication, and uncommon bravery. First responders are found throughout society, from small townships to the federal government, and their ranks often include a wide range of law enforcement professionals and public safety personnel. The digital illustration on this stamp is a symbolic scene that shows three first responders in profile as they race into action. Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create this stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 478100, Honoring First Responders (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Commemorative Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web, but must also check the amount they will receive in their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Honoring First Responders Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by January 13, 2019.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Honoring First Responders Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

September 13, 2018, Missoula, MT 59801

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Ricky Altizer


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Brian Stauffer, Novato, CA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

60,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x .84 in/ 36.068 x 21.336 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in/ 39.624 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.92 in/ 183.896 x 150.368 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

21.72 x 11.84 in/ 551.688 x 300.736 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in four corners of pane


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