The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it had dropped the rule that only dead people can appear on postage stamps and are asking the public who should be the first living person to be so honored.
Since Jan. 1, 2007, the requirement was that a person must have been deceased for five years before appearing on a stamp.
By tradition, though, former presidents are remembered on a stamp in the year following their deaths.
The postal service said it will consider American musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and other nationally known figures.
"This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
"Engaging the public to offer their ideas is an innovative way to expand interest in stamps and the popular hobby of collecting them," Stamp Services manager Stephen Kearney said.
They are inviting suggestions through Facebook, Twitter, a postal service website and by mail to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-3501.
People can view upcoming stamps on Facebook at facebook.com/USPS Stamps, through Twitter @USPSConnect or on the website beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview.
Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service's online site for upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events, and other philatelic news.