How to write an address clearly
Everything you need to know about addressing your mail correctly
Delivery speed and reliability depend to a large extent on how carefully you write your recipient's address. That's why the quality of service also depends on you. It's simple to play your part: just follow these few recommendations.
- Avoid using decorative, ornamental, script or condensed fonts.
- The weight, i.e. the "thickness" of the letters should not be too light or too heavy.
- Use a single font for the whole address.
- The minimum font size should be 8 point or above; 10 to 12 point is ideal.
- Characters and lines should not touch each other.
- Recommended fonts: Arial, Century, Courier, Mangal, Raavi, Tahoma, Tunga, Verdana.
Write the address carefully
- Align the address to the left.
- It should consist of a maximum of 6 lines.
- Spacing between lines must be normal: do not leave too much space between two lines.
- Do not underline anything.
- Write the postcode clearly.
- Use the correct layout.
- Do not add unnecessary information to the address: if the recipient has a PO box or a bulk user code, do not repeat the details of their actual geographical address.
- For less common numbering such as 6/8 rue des Bains, we recommend to only use the first number, i.e. 6 rue des Bains.
Examples of addresses in Luxembourg
Mr Jean Mustermann
71, route du Vin
Bulk user postal address
Examples of addresses abroad
The name of the country must be included and written in capital letters and preferably in French; this is essential for countries with alphanumeric postcode (such as the United Kingdom).
If the postcode is in numeric form only, it is not necessary to write the name of the country, but the postcode must be preceded by the international country code used for vehicle registrations or the ISO code.
Madame Irène Dubois
24, rue Mirabeau
Herr Werner SCHMITT
Sherlock Holmes Museum
221B, Baker Street
Include the sender's address
In the event that the letter cannot be delivered, it is important to write the address of the sender so it can be returned to the correct address. Write the complete address of the sender on the back of the envelope (on the flap) or on the front in the top left-hand corner. This is compulsory for registered mail.