Today, January 20, is Inauguration Day in the United States. To mark the occasion of Donald J. Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the U.S. Postal Service is offering a special cancellation in Washington, D.C.
Inaugural postmarks have been a tradition in the United States since the late 1950s.
Here are the instructions from the USPS on how to obtain the postmark:
Pictorial postmarks are available only for the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date.
All requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class Mail postage. Items submitted for postmark may not include postage issued after the date of the requested postmark. Such items will be returned unserviced.
Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others, insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: Pictorial Postmarks, followed by the Name of the Station, Address, City, State, ZIP+4® Code, as listed below.
Customers can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for postmark, as long as they supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and their return address. After applying the pictorial postmark, the Postal Service returns the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.
The address for the Inauguration postmark is: Presidential Inauguration Day Station, Postmaster, 2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002-9998.