STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — You may soon be paying more to mail a letter.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is proposing to increase the cost of a Forever stamp, or mailing a one-ounce letter, from 50 cents to 55 cents.
The service filed a request last week with the Postal Regulatory Commission for a price change to take effect on Jan. 27, 2019. The proposal would raise mailing service product prices an average of 2.5 percent.
If approved, the change would be the largest increase in the price of stamps since 1863.
“The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue,” USPS said in a news release.
Additional ounces for letters will decrease from 21 cents to 15 cents. Mailing a metered one-ounce letter increases from 47 cents to 50 cents.
Priority Mail Flat Rate price changes include:
- Small Flat Rate Box: From $7.20 to $7.90
- Medium Flat Rate Box: From $13.65 to $14.35
- Large Flat Rate Box: From $18.90 to $19.95
- APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box: From $17.40 to $18.45
- Regular Flat Rate Envelope: From $6.70 to $7.35
- Legal Flat Rate Envelope: From $7 to $7.65
- Padded Flat Rate Envelope: From $7.25 to $8.
First-Class Package Service will move to zone-based pricing to better align with the cost of service and improve value based on distance, USPS said.
No additional costs will be added for weekend or holiday delivery, and no surcharges for fuel or residential delivery.