How to Use C O in an Address

How to Use C O in an Address

C/O Envelope Addressing

Many times we are asked how to send greeting cards or invitations to someone who may be living somewhere other than their main address. The term “c/o” comes in handy in these instances. This familiar collection of letters is short for in “care of”. It lets the post office know that the address is correct and that you know that person is not the main recipient at that particular street address.

It comes in handy when sending mail to someone who may be visiting someone else. You are sending their mail “in care of” another person’s address. For example, this is how you would address an envelope to Mary Smith when she is visiting Jane Doe.

Mary Smith
c/o Jane Doe
123 Main Street
City, State 00000

You can use this also when you are sending correspondence to someone at their office address. Here is an example:

Mr. John Doe
c/o ABC Business
123 Main Street
City, State 00000

And always include your return address on any letters or cards mailed so the post office can easily return them to you if they need to for any reason.

Dawn Mayo

I have been strategically involved in establishing Cards Direct as a top provider of customer service in the greeting card industry since joining the company in 2001.
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