To make sure your package gets to the receiver, you must pack the shipment and place on the UPS label correctly with complete address information. You can get shipping labels at a UPS facility or you can download them from Shipping labels are free and come as sheets or rolls of up to 5,000 labels.

Pick the correct type of label depending on how you want the package shipped and based on the contents. You can use specific labels for worldwide services, or for dry-ice shipments for medications or anything that must remain at a cold temperature.

Place the recipient's postal code and complete street address on the label. Include all contact information such as name, postal code and telephone number for international shipments. Affix the shipping label to the top of the package.

Cross out old labels if reusing packaging boxes. Include a duplicate label or type of identification inside the package for return shipments from the recipient, or if the package becomes damaged so UPS can contact the sender. For round mailing tubes, affix the label so that while holding the mailing tube by the ends horizontally, you can read the information on the shipping label. This allows for UPS to scan the bar code.


Use packing slips on the same surface where you attached the address label. You should not place more than one address label on the package. Avoid sticking the label on a closure, seam or sealing tape.


UPS does not send packages to Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office addresses. If you send any package to an P.O. box address, it could become delayed and require an address correction change. P.O. box shipments will not have delivery coverage under any UPS service guarantee.