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The price of first class stamps will increase from 46 to 49 cents on Jan. 26. Buy Forever stamps now to save money.

Asked by Anonymous

Are 44 cent FOREVER stamps purchased now still good after Jan. 22nd?

Yes, Forever stamps can always be used to send a one ounce, First-Class letter - no matter how many times the price of the stamp changes in the future.

The cost of Forever stamps will increase on January 22, 2012. Learn more about this change.

Asked by Anonymous

stamp increase- does this mean if we use an OLD forever stamp we must add a .1cent stamp also? And can old unused "h" stamps still be used?

The cost of Forever stamps will increase by 1 cent on January 22, 2012. This means sending a First-Class letter will soon cost 45 cents. 

Once purchased, Forever stamps can always be used to send a one ounce, First-Class letter, no matter how many times the price of the stamp changes in the future. You do not need to add an additional 1 cent stamp.

Other First-Class mail prices are also increasing. Learn more about the Postal Service rate changes.

The H stamp was issued in 1998 and is worth 33 cents. The H rate make-up stamp is worth 1 cent. These stamps can still be used as postage, both domestically and internationally. Find the value of nondenominated stamps.

The Price of Stamps Will Increase in 2012

The cost of Forever stamps will increase by 1 cent on January 22, 2012. This means sending a First-Class letter will soon cost 45 cents. This is the first price increase for Forever stamps since May 2009.

Once purchased, Forever stamps can always be used to send a one ounce, First-Class letter, no matter how many times the price of the stamp changes in the future. You do not need to add an additional 1 cent stamp.

Other First-Class mail prices are also increasing:

  • Letters (1 oz.) will cost 45 cents. This is a 1-cent increase.
  • Additional ounces for letters will remain unchanged at 20 cents.
  • Postcards will increase 3 cents to 32 cents.
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico will cost 85 cents. This is a 5 cent increase.
  • Letters to other international destinations will increase 7 cents to cost $1.05.

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including standard mail, periodicals, package services, and extra services. 

Learn more about the Postal Service rate changes.

Image description: The recently issued Owney Forever stamp, now available at the Post Office, depicts the stray dog who was the unofficial mascot to the U.S. Railway Mail Service in the late 19th century. For nine years, Owney rode the rails on mail trains from state to state, logging over 140,000 miles during his lifelong journey.
To learn more about Owney and enter your dog in an Owney-lookalike contest, visit the U.S. Postal Museum.

Image description: The recently issued Owney Forever stamp, now available at the Post Office, depicts the stray dog who was the unofficial mascot to the U.S. Railway Mail Service in the late 19th century. For nine years, Owney rode the rails on mail trains from state to state, logging over 140,000 miles during his lifelong journey.

To learn more about Owney and enter your dog in an Owney-lookalike contest, visit the U.S. Postal Museum.