Address Placement


The complete address should be located within the Optical Character Reader (OCR) read area (no return address information). Extraneous (non-addresses) printing or markings should appear as high on the mail piece and as far away from the address as possible.

Bar-code Read Area

Please make sure that this area remains clear of all printing. It is reversed for the bar code that will be printed by the OCR.


Labels are used on parcels, packages or large envelopes must be addressed according to the recommended format above. Labels must be applied parallel to the bottom edge of the envelope to be processed by the USPS on automation equipment.

Proper addressing for packages and mail coming to NMU:

Your Name
Your Department Name (required)
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette MI 49855

If your mail/packages are not coming to NMU in this correct format please advise your correspondents to make the change.  Please note that your building and room number is not part of the address and does not need to be.

Mailing Tips:

  • Type or machine print all address information.
  • Ensure address characters don’t touch or overlap.
  • Print black ink on white background, if possible.
  • Maintain a uniform left margin.
  • Make sure print is clear and sharp.
  • Omit all punctuation (except the hyphen between zip code and + 4).
  • Include floor, suite and apartment numbers whenever possible.
  • Put the city, state and zip code in that order on the last line.
  • If there’s not enough room, put the zip code on the bottom line.
  • Make sure the pace where you want the mail delivered appears on the line immediately above the city, state, and zip code line.
  • Use standard two-letter state abbreviations.
  • When using window envelopes, make sure the complete address is always visible, even when the insert moves.
  • Leave one or two spaces between words and between the state abbreviation and zip code.