How to Address a Commissioner, Federal

How to Address a Commissioner

‘Mr. Commissioner’. ‘Commissioner’ or ‘Commissioner (Name)’ are forms used when addressing a singular official with a THE in front of ‘Commissioner’.  This includes officials such as the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue and the Commissioner for Patents.

Federal commissioners – appointed by the President of the United States (POTUS) and individually approved by the Senate – are ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’  in writing

—-Official envelope:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-Commissioner
—-—-(Name of Organization or Agency)
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dear Commissioner (Surname):

— Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Address a Commissioner and Spouse?

Please tell me how to address an invitation’s envelope to the Commissioner of Patents and his spouse?
——————– Milton

Dear Milton:

—–On social correspondence the (office) is not mentioned.

———-The Honorable William Smith
———-and Mrs. Smith
———-(Address)

———-The Honorable William Smith
———-and Dr. Janice Smith
———-(Address)

—–—–The Honorable William Smith
———-and Ms. Linda Wilson
———-(Address)

—–On the inside envelope use:

———-Commissioner Smith and Mrs. Smith
———-Commissioner Smith and Dr. Smith
—————-or
———-
Commissioner Smith and Ms. Wilson

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"