How do I Order a First Day of Issue Postmark?

How do I Order a First Day of Issue Postmark?

Customers generally have between 30 - 90 days to obtain the First Day of Issue Postmark by mail. First, they may purchase the new stamp either at their local Post Office™, by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24, or at The Postal Store® website at Then, they should affix the stamp(s) to the envelope(s) of their choice, address the envelope(s) to themselves (or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to the Postmaster of the Post Office™ or other address outlined in the new stamp’s First Day of Issue Postmark information (see the detailed description for the stamp in question).

After applying the First Day of Issue Postmark, the United States Postal Service® will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark.


First Day Digital Color Postmarks


 Reptiles & Amphibians First Day Postmark


The First-Day Digital Color Postmark is an official digital postmark bearing the first-day-of-issuance-date containing an image that relates to the stamp design with the words "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE."

The First Day Digital Color Postmarks will be available for purchase with new stamp issues. These unique collectables are designed by the artist or art director who designed the stamp. 

First Day Digital Color Postmarks are available for $1.50 per cover and provides enhanced visual appeal over the traditional metal and rubber die cancels.


Are First-Day Cancellations Offered on Postal Cards?

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) does not offer First-Day Cancellations on postal card sets through the catalog. However, you may request First-Day Cancellations similar to an envelope.  You have thirty (30) days from the date of issue to submit the postal card for the first-day cancellation to the issuance city.

Can I Order a First-Day Cancellation not Offered Online?

You may order First-Day Cancellations currently not offered online by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).  Representatives are available as follows:

  • Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Sundays:  Closed
  • Holidays: Closed [Click here for Postal Holidays]

First-Day Cancellations are offered up to one (1) year from the issue date of the stamp.


First Day of Issue Ceremony

Every year, the United States Postal Service® hosts official First Day of Issue ceremonies marking the dedication of each new commemorative postage stamp.

When the Postal Service™ selects a location as the official first-day city for one of these historic public events, the community is put in the spotlight because it is the only location in the United States where sales of the stamp take place.

First Day of Issue ceremonies are generally free and open to the public. These colorful and often inspiring events highlight the subject matter featured on the stamp design(s). A national, area, or local Postal Service representative presides over the dedication of the stamp(s) and is usually joined by community leaders, subject matter experts, and, when relevant, celebrities, and family members and friends of the honoree.

Note: After the stamp’s First Day of Issue ceremony, it will become available to sell at other Post Offices the following day (including The Postal Store website).


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