The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association (NSRMCA) has launched its new website:! This website ( will remain active for a limited period of time as we work to finalize the transition. We hope we will see you in August at the 83rd National Convention in Sacramento, California!


What is a Star Route?


The legislation establishing new mail service in 1845 called for contractors to carry the mail with “celerity, certainty, and security.”

Weary of repeatedly writing these words in ledgers, postal clerks substituted three asterisks— * * * —and the phrase “Star Route” was born. Star Routes were renamed "Highway Contract Routes” in 1970, though they are still commonly known by their original name today. 

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Smithsonian Postal Museum