'Forever' stamps go up to 55 cents this weekend

(Photo: U.S. Postal Service)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTHR) — The cost of mailing a letter is about to go up again.

The U.S. Postal Service filed notice of the price increase with the Postal Regulatory Commission last October. The price changes will take effect January 27.

The planned increases will include a five-cent hike in the price of a First-Class "Forever" stamp from 50 cents to 55 cents. The cost of each additional ounce will drop to 15 cents. The post office says a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost 70 cents to mail, which is actually one cent less than the current rate.

The new standard Forever stamp features an American flag flying over Chicago's Navy Pier.

The price of a Forever stamp rose from 49 cents in January 2018. Forever stamps purchased for 50 cents before the rate increase will still be valid after the price goes up to 55 cents.

Here's the complete list of planned postage increases:

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:




Letters (1 oz.)

50 cents

55 cents

Letters additional ounces

21 cents

15 cents

Letters (metered 1 oz.)

47 cents

50 cents

Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)



Domestic Postcards

35 cents

35 cents

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate price changes are:




Small Flat Rate Box



Medium Flat Rate Box



Large Flat Rate Box



APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box



Regular Flat Rate Envelope



Legal Flat Rate Envelope



Padded Flat Rate Envelope