The holiday season is here, and friends and family of the men and women in the nation’s diplomatic corps and in the military are sending packages to their loved ones. To ensure your parcels are delivered to these addresses correctly, and in a timely manner, the USPS provides the following instructions for correctly addressing packages for APO/FPO/DPO destinations.
Write the service member’s full name
Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JANE DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021
Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048
Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address.
Include a return address.
If possible, include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card placed inside the box, in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit.
For more information on addressing packages going to APO/FPO/DPO addresses, and to read about reduced APO/FPO/DPO rates, click here.