Create & Print Shipping Labels

With Stamps.com, you can create and print both domestic and international shipping labels using any of our available carriers: USPS, UPS, DHL Express, and GlobalPost. Shipping labels are the ideal solution for package shipping as well as mailing with flat rate envelopes and large envelopes/flats.

While you can ship packages with USPS using NetStamps, shipping labels offer a significant advantage because they include postage as well as the delivery and return address. For most services, shipping labels also include tracking and allow scheduling a pickup.

The most common shipping label size is the 4" x 6" shipping label. However, Stamps.com supports multiple shipping label sizes. You can print on label sheets or plain paper using a standard inkjet or laser printer, or you can use a thermal label printer with label rolls (recommended for higher volume printing needs). Our online store sells many types of shipping label sheets and rolls, suitable for any kind of printer you use.

Before printing your first label, we recommend printing a sample label to ensure your printer is configured correctly. Review our Print a Sample Label help article for details.

If your account is on the E-Commerce plan, or a legacy plan that supports the Orders feature, and you would like to learn about creating labels to ship ecommerce orders, review our Ship Ecommerce Orders help article.

Print Your Shipping Labels

To create and print a shipping label:

The total cost of your label will update as you configure your label.

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When you are ready, click Print Postage.

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(Left) Stamps.com Online; (Right) Stamps.com PC software

Then follow the onscreen prompts to select your printer and complete the printing process (your final printing steps will differ slightly depending on if you print through your browser or print using Stamps.com Connect).

Label Printing with Connect vs Browser

Does not apply when using Stamps.com PC software.

If you print a shipping label without Stamps.com Connect installed, you will print through your browser. When printing through your browser, you must set the paper size in your browser printing screen (especially important when using a thermal label printer). This process will differ based on your operating system and selected browser. Review our Select a Paper Size in Your Browser help article for details.

If your shipping label failed to print properly, you can reprint without an extra charge by clicking the Reprint button and following the onscreen prompts.

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Access to the Reprint Option

The Reprint option appears after each print occurs. Please note you have one opportunity to reprint. Do not change any settings or go to another screen. Doing so will disable the Reprint feature.

Mail USPS Large Envelope/Flat

When sending items that cannot be folded, like manuscripts, reports, contracts, and legal documents, a good option is the USPS Large Envelope/Flat. This mailpiece type requires either NetStamps or a shipping label. Create a shipping label for this type of mailpiece if you want to include the delivery and return address. The process for creating a label for a Large Envelope/Flat is the same as for any other shipping label.

The USPS defines Large Envelopes and Flats as rectangular, flexible envelopes with the following dimensions:

Minimum

Maximum

Height

6-1/8"

12"

Length

11-1/2"

15"

Thickness

1/4"

3/4"

Domestic First-Class Large Envelope/Flat is a non-tracked service and cannot weigh more than 13 ounces. International First-Class Large Envelope/Flat includes tracking and can weigh up to 4 pounds.

Flat Rate Envelopes

It is often more cost-effective to use USPS Flat Rate Envelopes for heavier items. USPS Flat Rate Envelopes come in a variety of sizes, both plain and padded, including legal size.

Create Labels in Bulk

To create multiple labels at once, you'll add multiple recipients to your Ship To field. You can add them manually or add them from your Contacts list. You'll then prepare the shipment as you normally would.

When creating labels in bulk, all shipping labels must be for domestic addresses (international and military addresses not supported at this time), use the same carrier and service class, and have the same weight and dimensions (unless shipping Flat Rate envelopes or packages).

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To add recipients from your Contacts list, click the Ship To link (if using Stamps.com Online) or the Contacts button (if using Stamps.com PC software) and then select the recipients from the Contacts pop-up.

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(Left) Stamps.com Online; (Right) Stamps.com PC software

The selected contacts will appear along with the number of shipping labels required.

To add a new contact manually in Stamps.com Online, click the + and enter the recipient details. For Stamps.com PC software, you must select recipients from your Contacts list. You can add a new contact if needed in the Contacts pop-up screen.

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Save time with Groups!

If you frequently mail or ship to the same individuals or companies in your contacts list, create Groups so you can add them all to your mass mailing more quickly.

Notes about Shipping Labels

  • If the Dimensions fields are present when configuring your shipment, be sure to enter the size of your package to ensure an accurate rate and avoid post-shipping adjustments.

  • USPS shipping labels must be mailed on the date specified on the label. You can postdate a shipping label by changing the Mail Date. Shipping labels can be postdated 7 days, except for Priority Mail Express and shipping labels for international destinations, which can only be postdated 3 days.

    If you have already printed the shipping label but cannot mail it on the mailing date, request a refund for that label and print a new one with the appropriate date.

  • When printing a sample label, you must select USPS as the carrier. The sample label option is not available if UPS or DHL Express are selected as the carrier.

  • Hidden Postage: When hidden postage is enabled, your labels print without displaying the postage amount you paid. This is useful if you'd like to add shipping and handling fees to the postage amount paid by your recipient so they better reflect your true shipping costs. With hidden postage enabled, you cannot add any USPS special services. However, you can still insure your package using Stamps.com Insurance and add Electronic Delivery or Signature Confirmation.

    Hidden Postage Exceptions:

    • As a security measure, hidden postage has been authorized by the USPS only for mail classes that include automatic electronic Delivery Confirmation or electronic Signature Confirmation. USPS First-Class Mail letters or large envelopes/flats are untracked, and therefore not eligible for hidden postage.

    • Postage value will only be hidden when printing postage on shipping labels. The postage value cannot be hidden when printing on envelopes, NetStamps, or other label types.

    • Packages shipped to Brazil will not have the postage value hidden, as the Brazilian customs officials require the postage amount paid to be clearly-marked on the shipping label.

  • Most DHL Express labels will display C-PTL. If this is present in your preview, your label is ready to print. If C-PTL is not present, your shipment requires a Commercial Invoice. A pop-up window will appear with a Commercial Invoice form that is already filled out. Print 2 copies of this form, attach one to your package along with the shipping label, and hand the other one to your DHL representative.

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