What is a Forever Stamp / FAQ & Guide
What is a Forever Stamp?
The Forever Stamp is a nondenominated postal stamp, sold by the USPS for use on a first-class letter weighing one ounce or less. A Forever Stamp is sold at the current rate for first-class postage, but the stamp is valid for first-class postage now or at anytime in the future, regardless of the current price for first-class postage.
When will the Forever Stamp be available?
The Forever Stamp went on sale April 12, 2007.
How much does a Forever Stamp Cost?
Starting May 12, 2008, Forever Stamps sell for $0.42 each and sold in books of 20 for $8.40 and sheetlets of 18 for $7.56 at select ATMs. Coil rolls are not available. You may purchase them online, at your local post office, automated kiosks, convenience stores and select ATMs nationwide.
Why should I purchase a Forever Stamp?
Purchasing a Forever Stamp allows the consumer to use the stamp now or at anytime in the future, regardless of future increases in postage. Two of the attractions for purchasing this stamp, are 1) locking in the current rate of postage, hedging yourself against inflation and future postal rate increases, and 2) the convenience of avoiding having to purchase supplemental postage to offset older (denominated) stamps which are no longer valid due to increases in postage rates.
Are nondenominated stamps or “G” stamps Forever Stamps?
No. Nondenominated stamps, stamps without a price, are issued during transitional periods when the final approved price is unknown. The USPS has a guide where the denominational value of these stamps is listed. The denominational value of Forever Stamps are designed to be equivalent to the current first-class rate.
Are semipostal stamps Forever Stamps?
Semipostals, sometimes called charity or philanthropic stamps, are first-class stamps sold at a premium, with the difference in price donated to a particular charity. These stamps are valid for first-class mail regardless of any rate change. To date, the USPS has released three semipostals, the Breast Research Stamp, 911 Heroes Stamp and the Stop Family Violence Stamp.