The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved price changes for Mailing Services products effective January 22, 2017. The new prices, include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

First Class Mail:

Mail Type Old Rate New Rate
Letters up to 1 oz $0.47 $0.49
Letters add’l oz $0.21 $0.21
Postcards $0.34 $0.34


Mail Type Old Rate New Rate
Letters up to 1 oz $1.15 $1.15

Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services have also been adjusted. Price adjustments do not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

You can read the original national release here: