If you are shipping to a military base or diplomatic location, you'll be using an APO, FPO or DPO address. ShopVCS makes this process easy!
- APO stands for Army Post Office and is associated with Army or Air Force installations.
- FPO stands for Fleet Post Office and is associated with Navy installations and ships.
- DPO stands for Diplomatic Post Office and is associated with U.S. Diplomatic locations.
How do I format a military address?
There are seven main components to a valid APO, FPO or DPO address.
1. The name of the recipient. The rank/grade/rating is not required.
2. The type of address where the mail is going. This could include:
- PSC (Postal Service Center)
- CMR (Community Mail Room)
- UMR (Unit Mail Room) or just Unit
- RPO (Regional Post Office)
- APO (Army Post Office)
- OMDC (Official Mail Distribution Center)
- For Navy or Coast Guard vessels, the ship’s name and hull number.
3. The number of that address. For example:
- PSC 1234
- Unit 7400
- USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
4. The recipient's Military PO box number (if they have one).
5. The post office type (APO, FPO or DPO)
6. The "state" designator (either AA, AP or AE). These "states" represent the USPS mail processing facilities that handle the mail traffic to and from each military location.
7. The zip code, preferably ZIP + 4 (although not required)
That’s it! Here are some sample addresses that are formatted correctly for each post office type:
Here is a sample APO Address:
PFC John Smith
PSC 1234, Box 12345
APO AE 09204-1234
Here is a sample FPO Address:
USS Cochrane (DDG-21)
FPO AP 96543-1234
Here is a sample DPO Address:
Unit 8400, Box 0000
DPO, AE, 09498-0048
Additional helpful tips and restrictions:
- It is not necessary to add the specific military formation or the recipient's rank
- When mailing to a DPO address, do not add the street address of the embassy
- Several restrictions apply when shipping to a military or diplomatic address:
- Packages must weigh 70 lbs or less and cannot exceed 130" in combined length and girth
- You cannot send any items restricted by the USPS (see full list here) or any perishable food
All APO, FPO or DPO packages will be shipped via USPS. Orders shipping overseas can take approximately 5 business days to reach the APO, FPO or DPO hub. It will take additional time to receive your package from there.