An “in care of” address is what?

A recipient who is temporarily residing elsewhere or receiving mail at another location can have a letter sent to them at an address marked “in care of.” The correct approach to address a letter is to include the actual recipient’s name under “C/O John Smith,” for instance.

If you’re worried that the postal service won’t deliver your letter because it has an unknown name, use a “in care of” address instead. The recipient’s information is put in the centre of the envelope’s address, while the sender’s name and address are written in the corner on the left.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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