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Appendix B 

Two–Letter State and Possession Abbreviations

Use the abbreviations below when addressing mail. Using the two–letter state abbreviations makes it possible to enter the city, state, and Five–Digit ZIP Code (or ZIP+4 Code) on the last line of the address within 28 positions when necessary: 13 positions for city, 1 space between the city and state abbreviation, 2 positions for the state, 2 spaces (preferred) between the state and ZIP Code, and 10 positions for the ZIP+4 Code.

 

State/Possession

Abbreviation

Alabama

AL

Alaska

AK

American Samoa

AS

Arizona

AZ

Arkansas

AR

California

CA

Colorado

CO

Connecticut

CT

Delaware

DE

District of Columbia

DC

Federated States of Micronesia

FM

Florida

FL

Georgia

GA

Guam

GU

Hawaii

HI

Idaho

ID

Illinois

IL

Indiana

IN

Iowa

IA

Kansas

KS

Kentucky

KY

Louisiana

LA

Maine

ME

Marshall Islands

MH

Maryland

MD

Massachusetts

MA

Michigan

MI

Minnesota

MN

Mississippi

MS

Missouri

MO

Montana

MT

Nebraska

NE

Nevada

NV

New Hampshire

NH

New Jersey

NJ

New Mexico

NM

New York

NY

North Carolina

NC

North Dakota

ND

Northern Mariana Islands

MP

Ohio

OH

Oklahoma

OK

Oregon

OR

Palau

PW

Pennsylvania

PA

Puerto Rico

PR

Rhode Island

RI

South Carolina

SC

South Dakota

SD

Tennessee

TN

Texas

TX

Utah

UT

Vermont

VT

Virgin Islands

VI

Virginia

VA

Washington

WA

West Virginia

WV

Wisconsin

WI

Wyoming

WY

 

Geographic Directional

Abbreviation

North

N

East

E

South

S

West

W

Northeast

NE

Southeast

SE

Northwest

NW

Southwest

SW

 

Military “State”

Abbreviation

Armed Forces Europe, the Middle East, and Canada

AE

Armed Forces Pacific

AP

Armed Forces Americas
(except Canada)

AA