Correct positioning of an address

Correct positioning of an address (handwritten or printed)

In order to correctly position the recipient address:

  1. Zone for the recipient’s address box
  2. Recipient address box
  3. Franking and cancelling zone
  4. Free zone for the sender
  5. Return address zone (verso)
  6. Indexation zone: zone used by the sorting machine to print a barcode : must stay free or white
  7. Semi-free zones for the sender (no text which can be confused with an address)

  • The address must be confined to the address zone, which is up to 125mm wide and up to 100mm high (ideally it should be 40mm high).
  • There should be an empty space of at least 30mm below the address zone. (30mm from the bottom line or, when using window envelopes, 30mm from the bottom of the window).
  • A space of at least 15mm to the right of the address zone should remain empty.
  • The address zone must not contain any other information than the address.
  • When using a window envelope, take care that the whole address is visible through the window.
  • Any text that could be confused with the addressee's address must not be visible through the window (such as the sender's address, an internal code that could be mistaken for a postcode or a VAT number).

In order to correctly position the recipient’s address:

  • The sender's address should preferably be on the back of the envelope.
  • If the sender's address cannot be placed on the back of the envelope, it should be in the upper left-hand corner in smaller characters than those used for the addressee's address.

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Did you know ?

Do you use envelopes with windows, big envelopes (eg. A4), do you often write postcards ? For a correct positioning of your addresses, check out our Masspost Guide 2017.