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The 7 Postal Uniforms Every Letter Carrier & CCA Needs

The 7 Postal Uniforms Every Letter Carrier & CCA Needs

type 1 postal uniforms

So you're probably here because you have some postal allowance to spend on new postal uniforms, and you're wondering which ones are the MUST HAVES that you need to buy. That's a great question. City letter carriers, CCA, & motor vehicle support/drivers have the most options, and most variety, when it comes to postal uniforms, because it's a position that has to take into account the weather & other elements.

Uniforms for these crafts are collectively known as Type 1 Postal Uniforms. The USPS has created a comprehensive list for authorized uniform items for every craft, which you can check out right here.

So the most important thing for you to figure out first is whether you'll be purchasing warm weather postal uniforms (like hats, shorts, & shirts), or whether you'll be purchasing cold weather postal uniforms (like fleeces, jackets, & gloves).

The Best Warm Weather Postal Uniforms

If your route takes place in a warm weather climate (lucky you!) there are a few key uniforms that you'll need to make sure are in your wardrobe. 

postal uniform letter carrier short sleeve shirt

Short Sleeve Shirt

It's probably the uniform that's the most recognized across the country. Every city letter carrier, CCA, and MVS needs a high quality short sleeve shirt. The short sleeve shirt that we sell is quick drying (65% polyester) and has a slightly airier fit than your average t-shirt and polo shirt. It's designed to provide as much comfort as possible, while keeping you cool, and looking great. We sell this in both men's and women's versions. Alternatives include short sleeve polo shirts, and short sleeve shirt jackets (great for extra pockets). 

postal uniform letter carrier shorts

Summer Shorts

Make sure you have a few good pairs of summer shorts. The pair that we source from A+ Career Apparel is a lighter weight material than its winter pants counterpart, and they're made with 100% polyester. Polyester fabric generally tends to hold less moisture than cotton and it dries a lot faster too, all while maintaining its durability and comfort. City letter carriers, CCA, & motor vehicle support/drivers tend to dirty their uniforms quickly, so it's a great bonus that these shorts are machine washable. We sell this in both men's and women's versions.

postal uniform approved hats


After you have a top, and a bottom, you'll need some headwear. Postal approved headwear and hats are important because they'll keep the sun off of you. Baseball hats come in a "winter" style and a "summer" style that includes a mesh back. To be honest, they're both solid choices for summer headwear, but the mesh summer baseball hat will be slightly cooler. Another popular options include sun visors, breathable mesh sun helmets, solid plastic sun helmets, and bucket hats. Whichever one of these you choose, just make sure you choose one, because keeping the sun off of you whenever possible will keep you cool in the long run.

The Best Cold Weather Postal Uniforms

If your route takes place in a cold weather climate, we understand your struggle, and we know how important it is to stay as warm as possible. Along with your shirt of choice, you'll want to make sure you have a pair of warm pants, a weatherproof outerwear piece, and a fur hat.


postal uniforms spiewak all weather gore-tex parka

The gold standard for postal uniforms jackets is often regarded to be the Spiewak All-Weather Jacket. This parka is waterproof, windproof, and and also has a breathable lining. It's fully zipped to the collar and includes pit zips to allow for additional ventilation. The best part? Spiewak makes both a medium weight and heavy weight fleece liner that zips into the inside of this parka, for even more warmth. 

postal uniforms winter weatherproof pants

Winter Pants

Spiewak also makes a pants equivalent to the weatherproof parka listed above. The pants are also waterproof, windproof, and contain a breathable lining. The side-thru pockets allow easy access and the elastic waist band adds some extra comfort. Additional items include thick winter pants, and even a waterproof pant.

Walking Boots

Thorogood makes a high quality pair of walking boots that are both insulated and waterproof. They contain full-grain leather and are USPS approved for postal uniforms. It's important to make sure the shoes/boots that you buy have a SR/USA label on the side. All the footwear that we sell are approved by the USPS for city letter carriers, CCAs, and motor vehicle support/drivers.

postal uniforms gloves


Of course, if you're working in cold climates, it's extra important to make sure you have a great pair of gloves to keep your hands warm. We source from Manzella directly and offer a number of gloves that include features like TouchTip technology, machine washability, and full-grain leather. 

Letter carriers, CCAs, & motor vehicle support drivers have the most number of postal uniforms, be sure to check out our shop at for the full selection.