What is the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee?

The USPS® Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee evaluates stamp proposals submitted using certain basic criteria and recommends to the Postmaster General those proposals it considers worthy. The Postmaster General considers these recommendations and decides which should be authorized for production.

Almost all subjects chosen to appear on U.S. stamps and postal stationery are suggested by the public. Each year, Americans submit proposals to the Postal Service™ on literally thousands of different topics. Every stamp suggestion is considered, regardless of who makes it or how it is presented. On behalf of the Postmaster General, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) is tasked with evaluating the merits of all stamp proposals. Established in 1957, the Committee provides the Postal Service with a "breadth of judgment and depth of experience in various areas that influence subject matter, character and beauty of postage stamps."

Ideas for stamp subjects should be mailed to:

CITIZENS' STAMP ADVISORY COMMITTEE
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
475 L’ENFANT PLAZA SW, ROOM 3300
WASHINGTON, DC 20260-3501

Subjects should be submitted at least three years in advance of the proposed date of issue. This allows for sufficient consideration and for legal clearances, design development and production, should the subject be approved.

Note:  Before you submit a stamp idea, please review the detailed selection criteria at the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee website at:

http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/csac/welcome.htm

Basic criteria used in determining the eligibility of subjects for commemoration on U.S. stamps and stationery:

  1. U.S. postage stamps and stationery will primarily feature American or American-related subjects. Other subjects may be considered if the subject had significant impact on American history, culture or environment.
  2. The Postal Service will honor extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society, history, culture or environment.
  3. U.S. stamp programs are planned and developed two to three years in advance.  In order to be considered, subject matter suggestions should be submitted three or more years in advance of the proposed stamp. 
  4. Living people will not be considered at the present time.  Beginning in 2018, proposals for a deceased individual will be considered three years following his/her death.
  5. A memorial stamp will be issued honoring U.S. presidents after they are deceased.
  6. Events of historical significance shall be considered for commemoration on anniversaries in multiples of 50 years.
  7. A balance of stamp subjects that includes themes of widespread national appeal and significance will be considered for commemoration. Official postal cancellations, which may be arranged through the local postmaster, may be requested for significant local events or commemorations.
  8. Commemorative postage stamps will be issued at intervals of 50 years from the date of the state's first entry into the Union.
  9. The stamp program commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, culture and environment; therefore, negative occurrences and disasters will not be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps or stationery.
  10. Due to the limitations placed on annual postal programs and the vast number of locales, organizations and institutions in existence, it would be difficult to single out any one of the following for commemoration: government agencies, local

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