Stamp selection process

The Postal Service welcomes suggestions for stamp subjects that celebrate the American experience. Any proposal that meets the established criteria will be considered. If you are interested in submitting an idea, please follow these four steps:

  1. Carefully consider the criteria for appropriate stamp subjects (See Stamp subject selection criteria.)
  2. Submit your proposal in writing by U.S. mail. (No in-person appeals, phone calls, or e-mails are accepted.)
  3. Include pertinent historical information and important dates associated with the subject in your proposal.
  4. Mail your suggestion (one topic per letter) to the address below:

    Stamp Development
    Attn: Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
    475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
    Washington, DC 20260-3501

Please note that due to the time required for research and approval, ideas for stamp subjects should be received at least three or more years prior to the proposed issuance year.

As of January 2018, no living persons will be honored on a stamp. Deceased individuals will be honored no earlier than three years after his or her death.

All suggestions that meet criteria are presented to the Committee at the next quarterly meeting. Each proposal is presented without attribution and receives the same level of consideration.

If the Committee decides not to recommend a subject for issuance as a stamp, the proposal can be submitted again for reconsideration following a three-year interval.

No credit or compensation is given for the submission of a stamp subject that is selected.