IRA Style Guide


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Postal standards and abbreviations

envelopes and mailing labels: standard format
1. Use all capitals.

2. Use no punctuation except a hyphen between the 5-digit and + 4 Zip code.

3. Follow the line arrangement shown in this example:

ELBERT F POWELL
POWELL PRINTING CO
STE 412
5800 BRATTLE ST
CAMBRIDGE MA 02169-1058
USA

recipient or attention line
(omit "attn" or "attention")
company or institution line
secondary address unit
street address line
city/state/zip line
country line
4. Use standard abbreviations for street address, secondary address, and city/state/zip lines as specified below.

5. Except for such universal forms as "Co.," and "Inc.," DO NOT abbreviate recipient, company, or institution names unless you must do so to avoid line wrapping. When it is necessary to abbreviate, use the "ad hoc" abbreviations specified below.

abbreviations, city, state, zip line
Use the following rules consistently for all US and Canadian addresses.

1. Use standard 2-letter abbreviations for U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

2. Do not abbreviate any part of the city or town name:

NORTH AUGUSTA SC (not N Augusta)
SAINT LOUIS MO (not St Louis)
FORT MYERS FL (not Ft Myers)
SOMERS POINT NJ (not Somers Pt)

abbreviations, street address line
1. Use the following abbreviations consistently in the street addresses of all envelopes and mailing labels.

2. Except for the ordinal numbers* (2nd, 4th, etc.), do not abbreviate the formal names of streets:

123 NORTH ST (not N ST)
321 HARBOR BLVD (not Hbr Blvd)
1400 THREE RIVERS DR (NOT 3 Rivers Dr)
* but: 525 7TH AVE (not Seventh Ave), 12 S 12TH ST (not S Twelfth St)

Apt
Ave

Box
Bldg
Bur
Byp

Cswy
Apartment
Avenue

(becomes PO Box)
Building
Bureau
Bypass

Causeway
Mnr
Mt
Mtn

9th
N
NE

No.
Manor
Mount
Mountain

Ninth
North, northern
Northeast

(omit this word)
Cay
Ctr
Cir
Ct
Cv

Cr
Cres
Crst
Curv

Cay
Center
Circle
Court
Cove

Creek
Crescent
Crest
Curve

NW

Park
Pkwy
Pass
Path
Pike
Pl
Plz
Pt
PO
Northwest

Park
Parkway
Pass
Path
Pike
Place
Plaza
Point
Post Office
Dr

8th
E

Est
Expy
Ext
Fls
Drive

Eighth
East, eastern

Estate
Expressway
Extension
Falls
Rdg
Rd
Rdwy
Rt
Row
Rue
RFD

Ridge
Road
Roadway
Route
Row
Rue
Rural Free Delivery
(becomes RR)
5th
1st
4th
Fwy

Gdn
Gdns
Grn
Grv
Fifth
First
Fourth
Freeway

Garden
Gardens
Green
Grove
RR

S
2nd
6th
7th
SE
SW
Spur
Sq
Sta
Rural Route

South, southern
Second
Sixth
Seventh
Southeast
Southwest
Spur
Square
Station
Hbr
HC




Hts
Hwy
Harbor
Highway Contract Route
(also called Star Route)

Heights
Highway
St
Strm
Ste

10th
Ter
Street
Stream
Suite

Tenth
Terrace
Jct

Key
Keys
Knl

Ln
Junction

Key
Keys
Knoll

Lane
3rd
Trl
Tpke

Walk
Way
W
Third
Trail
Turnpike

Walk
Way
West, western



abbreviations, secondary address unit designators
Note that TIMSS/Group 1 will allow only STE or APT. For other terms, data entry must manually override Group 1.
Also, TIMSS/Group 1 will force secondary address to a new line above street address. To enable another position, manually override Group 1.
Apt
Box
Bldg
Dept
Fl
Ofc
Rm
Ste
Unit

Apartment
Box
Building
Department

Floor
Office
Room
Suite
Unit
No.


#

Number
(omit this word)

Number or space
(omit this symbol)

abbreviations, ad hoc
Use the following abbreviations where needed to allow address elements to fit on a single line.
Admin
Apt
Assoc
Assn
Asst
Attn

Bd of Ed
Bl
Bldg
Bur

Capt
Ctr
Chair

Administration
Apartment
Associate
Association
Assistant
(omit this word)

Board of Education

Block
Building
Bureau

Captain
Center
Chairman, chairperson
Libr
Lit
Loc
Ltd

Mnr
Mfg
Mtg
Metro
Mid
MS
Mt
Mtn
Library
Literature
Location, local
Limited

Manor
Manufacturing
Meeting
Metropolitan
Middle
Middle School
Mount
Mountain
Cir
City
Colg
Col
Cdr
Comm
Cmnty
Co
Cond

Conf
Coop
Corpl
Corp
Cty
Curr
Circle
City
College
Colonel
Commander
Commission
Community
Company
Condominium, condition
Conference
Cooperative
Corporal
Corporation
County
Curriculum
Mtwy
Mus

Natl
No.

Ofc
Org

Phil
Plz
Pt
Port
PO
Pr
Motorway
Museum

National
Number

Office
Organization

Philosophy
Plaza
Point
Port
Post Office
Prairie
Dept
Dev
Dist
Div
Dr

Educ
Elem
Engl
Ens
Est
Expy
Ext
Department
Development
District
Division
Doctor

Education
Elementary
English
Ensign
Estate
Expressway
Extension
Pres
Prof
Prop
Psych

Pvt
Pub

Qtr

RR
Rcvng
Regl
Rep

President
Professor
Proprietor
Psychology

Private
Public

Quarter

Railroad
Receiving
Regional
Representative, republic

Farm
Fax
Flat
FPO
Fwd

Gdn
Gdns
Gen
Govt
GPO

Farm
Fax
Flat
Fleet Post Office
Forward

Garden
Gardens
General
Government
Government Post Office

Rsrch
Ret

St
Sch Bd
Sci
Sec
Sr
Sgt
Shpg
Src
Sq

Research
Retired

Saint
School Board
Science
Sector, section
Senior, Sister
Sergeant
Shipping
Source
Square

Hbr
Hon
Hqtrs
HS
Hts

Inc
ISD


Inst

Instr

Jr

K
Harbor
Honorable
Headquarters
High school
Heights

Incorporated
Independent School District

Institute, institution

Instruction, instructor

Junior

Kindergarten
Sta
Strm
Supt
Sys

Tel
Twp

Univ
US

USA


Vil
Vis
Station
Stream
Superintendent
System

Telephone
Township

University
United States (adjective)

United States of America (noun)

Villa
Vista
Lab
Lang
Ldg
Laboratory
Language(s)
Lodge

&, #, c/o

Eliminate these marks


Additional information on USPS address standards and standard abbreviations is available in the publication United States Postal Service Postal Addressing Standards. (PDF document available for download on this site.)


addresses: IRA post office boxes

1. Use the following address as standard for materials sent to 800 Barksdale:
    IRA
    800 BARKSDALE RD
    PO BOX 8139
    NEWARK DE 19714-8139

2. Use the following address for orders for Building 700:

    IRA
    800 BARKSDALE RD
    PO BOX 6021
    NEWARK DE 19714-6021

3. Use the following address for POSTAGE PAID #9 RETURN ENVELOPE:

    IRA
    800 BARKSDALE RD
    PO BOX 6021
    NEWARK DE 19714-9900

4. Use the following addresses for POSTAGE PAID 4 x 6 POST CARD:

    IRA
    800 BARKSDALE RD
    PO BOX 6021 (for items delivered to 700 Barksdale)
    NEWARK DE 19714-9958

    IRA
    800 BARKSDALE RD
    PO BOX 8139 (for items delivered to 800 Barksdale)
    NEWARK DE 19714-9874


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