Can you print a shipping label through USPS without paying postage?

Answered by Robert Flynn

It is possible to print a shipping label through USPS without paying postage. There are a few different options available for doing this.

One option is to print an online label without postage and use stamps or a postage meter to pay for the postage. This can be a convenient option if you already have stamps on hand or if you have access to a postage meter. To do this, you would first need to create and print the shipping label using the USPS online shipping tool or a third-party shipping platform that integrates with USPS. Once you have the label printed, you can affix the necessary amount of stamps or use a postage meter to add the postage to the label.

Another option is to print a label with postage purchased directly from the USPS website. To use this option, you would need to register for an account at and sign up for the PC Postage® service. This service allows you to purchase and print postage online using a credit card. Once you have registered and set up your account, you can select the appropriate shipping options, enter the necessary information, and pay for the postage online. The USPS website will then generate a shipping label with the purchased postage that you can print and affix to your package.

It is important to note that when using either of these options, you will need to ensure that the correct postage amount is applied to your package. The USPS provides guidelines and tools to help you determine the appropriate postage based on the size, weight, and destination of your package. It is also recommended to double-check the accuracy of the shipping label and postage before mailing your package to avoid any issues or delays in delivery.

In my personal experience, I have used both of these methods to print shipping labels without paying postage upfront. I have found them to be convenient and reliable options for shipping packages through USPS. However, it is always important to follow the USPS guidelines and regulations to ensure that your package is properly prepared and labeled for mailing.

Yes, you can print a shipping label through USPS without paying postage upfront. You can either use stamps or a postage meter to affix the postage after printing the label, or you can purchase and print the postage directly from the USPS website using the PC Postage® service.