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The official State Seal with the 2 letter
State Abbreviation codes for each State

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Alabama State Seal
Alabama
AL
Hawaii State Seal
Hawaii

HI
Massachusetts State Seal
Massachusetts
 MA
New Mexico State Seal
New Mexico
NM
South Dakota State Seal
South Dakota
SD

Alaska State Seal
Alaska
AK

Idaho State Seal
Idaho
ID

Michigan State Seal
Michigan
MI

New York State Seal
New York
NY

Tennessee State Seal
Tennessee
TN

Arizona State Seal
Arizona
AZ

Illinois State Seal
Illinois
IL

Minnesota State Seal
Minnesota
MN

North Carolina State Seal
North Carolina
NC

Texas State Seal
Texas
TX

Arkansas State Seal
Arkansas
AR

Indiana State Seal
Indiana
IN

Mississippi State Seal
Mississippi
MS

North Dakota State Seal
North Dakota
ND

Utah State Seal
Utah
UT

California State Seal
California
CA

Iowa State Seal
Iowa
IA

Missouri State Seal
Missouri
MO

Ohio State Seal
Ohio
OH

Vermont State Seal
Vermont
VT

Colorado State Seal
Colorado
CO

Kansas State Seal
Kansas
KS

Montana State Seal
Montana
MT

Oklahoma State Seal
Oklahoma
OK

Virginia State Seal
Virginia
VA

Connecticut State Seal
Connecticut
CT

Kentucky State Seal
Kentucky
KY

Nebraska State Seal
Nebraska
NE

Oregon State Seal
Oregon
OR

Washington State Seal
Washington
WA

Delaware State Seal
Delaware
DE

Louisiana State Seal
Louisiana
LA

Nevada State Seal
Nevada
NV

Pennsylvania State Seal
Pennsylvania
PA

West Virginia State Seal
West Virginia
WV

Florida State Seal
Florida
FL

Maine State Seal
Maine
ME

New Hampshire State Seal
New Hampshire
NH

Rhode Island State Seal
Rhode Island
RI

Wisconsin State Seal
Wisconsin
WI

Georgia State Seal
Georgia
GA

Maryland State Seal
Maryland
MD

New Jersey State Seal
New Jersey
NJ

South Carolina State Seal
South Carolina
SC

Wyoming State Seal
Wyoming
WY

State Seals are commonly used to authenticate official government documents.
The phrase 'seal' is used both for the physical seal itself
and more generally for the design impressed upon it.

   

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As early as October 1874, the United States Post Office recognized common abbreviations for states and territories. However, they only accepted these abbreviations because of their popularity, preferring that patrons spell names out in full to avoid confusion.
The traditional abbreviations for U.S. states and territories, widely used in mailing addresses prior to the introduction of two-letter U.S. postal abbreviations, are still commonly used for other purposes (such as legal citation), and are still recognized (though discouraged) by the Postal Service.
Modern two-letter abbreviated codes for the states and territories originated when the Post Office introduced ZIP codes in 1963. The purpose was to make room for ZIP codes in the address, rather than to standardize state abbreviations per se.
Since 1963, only one state abbreviation has changed. Originally Nebraska was “NB”; but, in November 1969, the Post Office changed it to “NE” to avoid confusion with New Brunswick in Canada.
The two-letter postal abbreviation system is complicated by the fact that eight state names begin with M and to avoid duplication, some abbreviations are not intuitive.
Prior to 1987, when the U.S. Secretary of Commerce approved the two-letter codes for use in government documents, the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) suggested its own set of abbreviations, with some states left unabbreviated. Today, the GPO supports United States Postal Service standard.
 



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