I can’t be the only one nowadays who doesn’t own a printer. Everything is online or digital, there’s no point.
But what if I need a shipping label printed? Does USPS print shipping labels? And if so, how much? We looked into it and this is what we found…
Does USPS Print Shipping Labels?
USPS does print shipping labels. The United States Postal Service offers a service called “Click-N-Ship” which allows customers to create shipping labels online that include delivery confirmation numbers. These labels can be printed at home or in-store.
This article takes a look at the USPS label printing service: what it is and how it works, and how you can find and use it.
Does USPS Print Labels For Free?
The Click-N-Ship service is free. There are no extra costs for making and printing labels. However, it’s important to be aware that the Click-N-Ship service is not available for every USPS mail class.
You can use Click-N-Ship for Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, USPS Retail Ground (with Military sender address), First-Class Package International Service, Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, and Priority Mail International.
However, you can’t use Click-N-Ship for First Class Mail, First Class Domestic Package Service (unless it is associated with a business account), First Class International Mail, General Package Services, or USPS Retail Ground service.
Is Click-N-Ship A Good Service?
The USPS Click-N-Ship feature is useful (and free) if you want to print clear, professional looking labels, and you want to be able to do this from home.
The service is especially recommended for businesses because everything is done from one account, including payment, scheduled pickups, and address book.
USPS say that you can ship 1 to 10 packages per month (or more if you have a business account) and pay easily with credit card, Apple Pay, Click to Pay, and PayPal.
Can USPS Print A Label From My Phone?
To print USPS shipping labels, all you need is an internet connection, a device, and a printer. You can use standard white printing paper or preformatted self-adhesive printing labels. Shipping labels come in a standard 6×3 inch and a 4×4 inch size.
You can print a shipping label straight from your phone but not through your USPS account. In other words, it won’t be a USPS label. To do this, you have to use a different “shipping platform” such as SendPro Online, for example.
SendPro Online connect customers with carrier accounts, and they’ve partnered with USPS to offer customers a range of shipping options and services. To use them, simply make an account, choose your carrier and follow the directions.
To print your label, download the SendPro online app and connect your phone to a printer.
Where Can I Print A Shipping Label?
If you’re using your USPS account for your shipping labels and you don’t have a printer, USPS offer a “label broker “feature.
With this, you pay for your shipping online and then select “Print Labels Later at the Post Office” option. USPS will email you a QR code.
Bring this email (with the QR code) to any Post Office where it will be scanned, printed and attached to your package.
How Do I Use Click-N-Ship?
First of all, you need to make an online account with USPS. This is easy, free, and quick. When you make your account (or sign in), you’ll see a list of all the things you can do with your account. “Print shipping labels” is the first thing in this list.
Once logged in, find Click-N-Ship from the Quick Tools tab on the homepage. You’ll be asked to enter the shipping label information: return and delivery address, package details and value (optional). Then head to the “select a service type” section.
Use the “Batch” option if you’re generating multiple labels using the same information. Select the service (and any extra add on services) and then click “add to cart.” Finally select “start new label” or proceed straight to checkout to review your shopping cart.
At this point you can edit what’s already there, delete the label, make another label or proceed to billing. Then select your payment method, enter the required information, and click the “pay and print” option. You may be prompted at this point to download Adobe Reader software – you’ll need this to print your labels at home.
From the payment confirmation page, you can print your label(s) at home or use the “label broker” button to have your printing done at the post office. If you select “label broker,” you’ll be emailed a QR code to bring to the post office to be scanned and printed there.
From the payment confirmation page, you can also save your label as a PDF file (to print later), create more labels, or schedule pickups through the “Package Pickup” or “Pickup On Demand” services.
USPS advise customers to make sure they post their packages on the Shipping Date selected when making the label. If you mail your package after this date, it will have a “stale” shipping date, and will be returned to you.
Can I Use Click-N-Ship For International Mailing?
The process for using “Click-N-Ship for international packages is the same as for domestic mailing, except that you must complete customs forms.
The online procedure for international mailing will include these forms as part of the process. You’ll be prompted to enter as much information as you can about the contents of your shipment, and any other relevant information.
The customs form you’ll need will depend on the shipping service you use and the value of your shipment. The “customs form” page clearly shows the kind of information you need to submit, but with an account, you’ll have all your shipping history available as well.
Through Click-N-Ship, you can generate and print your customs form online. You can also check on mailing restrictions and prohibitions for different countries.
Alternatively, through Click-N-Ship, you can print a hardcopy customs note and bring this to the Post Office for a clerk to enter onto the correct customs form before printing.
Want to learn more about USPS? Check out our related posts to learn if USPS buys back unused stamps, does USPS ask for ID, and can a USPS tracking number be fake?
USPS has a streamlined service for generating and printing shipping labels.
The best way to access this service is to make a USPS account and follow the directions for the service you need.
You’ll be able to choose, pay for, address, and print your own shipping labels.
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