How to Find Free Mailing Addresses

By Ann Frederick

The U.S. Postal Service delivered about 177 billion pieces of mail in 2009, according to its annual report. While the Internet is linked to a decrease in mail volume, plenty of occasions exist for which sending "snail mail" is preferred. Whether it's a wedding invitation, a condolence card or a birth announcement, sometimes we need to deliver something via the postal service. When you're not sure of a person's mailing address, try using the Internet to find it for free.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Web-browsing software

Dex Knows Local Search

Step 1

Go to dexknows.com, then click the "Find a Person" tab.

Step 2

Enter the person's first and last name in the "People search" form. If you're not sure how the person's first name will be formatted in the directory ("Alex" vs. "Alexander," for instance), try entering just the first letter of their first name. You can also leave the first name blank.

Step 3

Type the person's city and/or state in the appropriate field (or leave this box blank if you don't know where they live), then click "Search" to see the listings of people who match the criteria you entered.

YP.com

Step 1

Go to yellowpages.com and select the "Find a Person" tab.

Step 2

Fill in the person's last and first name. You can also leave the first name field blank or just enter the first letter of the person's first name.

Step 3

Enter the person's city and/or state. If you're not sure of the city where he or she lives, you can just enter the state, or leave this field entirely blank to get nationwide listings. Press the "Find" button to see a list of search results.

MSN

Step 1

Go to msn.com and hover over the "More" heading, then select "White Pages" from the list of options that appears.

Step 2

Type in the name of the person you want to search for in the "People Search" box; providing a first name is optional.

Step 3

Enter the person's city and/or state if you know it.

Step 4

Press "Search" to see the listings available for your criteria.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're having trouble finding an address, try using the "include surrounding area" feature to search cities near the one you entered.