The United States Postal Service issues Forever Stamps, which are first-class stamps. They are unique in that they are non-denominational, which means you may purchase them at the current first-class postal rate and they will stay valid even if the charge rises in the future. For example, if the price of a first-class stamp were to increase by 20 percent, your Forever Stamp would only be worth 80 cents rather than $1.
Stamps must meet certain requirements to be considered Forever Stamps. The least significant requirement is that they be at least 10 years old. The USPS also requires that they be printed on paper that has been coated on one side with plastic. This coating makes each stamp self-adhesive and durable enough for use in mailboxes and other low-traffic areas of the post office.
How do I know if my stamp is a Forever Stamp? There's no easy way to tell unless you send something using your Forever Stamp and then get a letter back saying it was valid after all! But even so, there's no guarantee that it will continue to be honored in the future. If you have any doubts about whether or not a particular stamp is a Forever Stamp, you can call the USPS directly to find out.
The USPS issues three types of Forever Stamps: national parks, sites, and objects; living presidents; and heroes/heroines.
In the United States, a forever stamp is a postage stamp that is valid for first-class postage regardless of when it is used. Its monetary worth is the current First-Class Mail stamp postage rate for a one-ounce letter. A forever stamp has a value of $1 million or more.
The concept of a forever stamp was proposed by U.S. Postmaster General John N. Parr on November 16, 1861, in response to increasing amounts of mail being sent through the post office system during the Civil War. The idea was to create a high-value stamp that would be guaranteed not to decrease in value over time. Such stamps are now required by law to be printed once per year and never canceled. They can only be destroyed by burning them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for more than three minutes.
Stamps bearing images of people are called portraits stamps; those without people images are called subject stamps. Portrait stamps are divided into two categories: regular portrait stamps and honorary portrait stamps. Regular portrait stamps are sold at post offices across the country while honorary portrait stamps are given as gifts or awarded to individuals who have been honored with a stamp.
People stamps are also categorized by denomination: $10, $5, $2, and 1¢. Within each category, there are subtypes such as weekly people and subjects.
A everlasting stamp, once acquired, is a perpetual stamp that never expires or loses value.
US postal workers do not have the power to cancel stamps, so once they are printed they remain valid for first class mail until they expire or are canceled.
The first-class post office box rate is $0.44 for a single letter up to 1 ounce in weight. Rates vary depending on how far apart the address locations are (e.g., truck delivery charges may apply). There is no minimum length of time for a forever stamp to be valid. Messages less than one page long can be sent at this price.
Stamps purchased at post offices and many philatelic dealers are certified for use on letters up to a certain size. Smaller stamps can be bought as singles or in sets from stamp dealers.
Forever stamps are available in several categories: countries, states, regions, subjects, types, designers, artists. Many countries have multiple categories with different prices. For example, Canada has a state category and a country category.
States tend to be smaller items while countries usually cover larger areas.
Forever Stamps are always priced the same as standard First-Class Mail stamps. Customers can use Forever Stamps to send foreign mail, but because all overseas costs are greater than domestic pricing, they must include additional postage. Customers should refer to the current postage rates online to determine how much extra postage will be required.