USPS recently implemented restrictions around content that is included on custom postage stamps. Please refer to the chart and examples below if you are submitting a coordinating postage stamp to ensure it meets their specifications.
The chart below notes some of the content that is and is not acceptable to include in custom postage stamp designs. Note that this information is subject to change, and more guidelines may be added at a later date. For designs that are submitted and do not meet the specifications, we will either reach out asking for revised files or have our internal team update before launch.
|Not allowed in any language||Allowed|
|Religious imagery and iconography
(examples: crosses, star of david, menorah,
nativity scenes, angels)
|Secular holiday symbols are fine as long as the word “Christmas” is not present (examples: Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree, or doves)|
|The words “Merry Christmas,” “Christ,”
“Christmas,” “Merry Xmas,” “Noel”
|The word "merry"|
|The words “Happy Hanukkah"||The word "shalom"|
|The words “GOD," “Lord,” and “Glory to God"||The words “Glory” and “Rejoice”|
|The word “Blessing”||The words “Happy Holidays” and
|Alcoholic imagery (example: clinking
|standalone “+” sign (this could be
mistaken for a cross)
|“+” sign between names (ex: Melissa + Ben)|
|Images of people wearing religious garments (examples: yarmulkes, head scarves, etc.)|
Below are examples of custom stamp designs that will still be permitted by USPS with their new standards.
Not sure if your design will be approved? Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.