In this Customer Support Ruling
a determination will be made as to whether a “check”
is considered “personal information” and mailable only at
First-Class Mail or Express Mail rates.
This ruling concerns
the classification of a printed mailpiece with a “convenience”
check enclosed styled “To the order of John M. Doe.” The “amount”
and “date” spaces on the check were left blank.
Domestic Mail Manual
(DMM) 233.2.3*, requires that matter containing personal information
must be mailed as First-Class Mail or Express Mail. Personal
information is any information specific to the addressee.
A check which is
made payable only to the addressee or a specific individual(s) is
personal correspondence and is mailable only at the First-Class
rates of postage. Examples include “Pay to the order of John Doe,”
or “Pay to Jane Doe or order.” As explained in PS-26, a printed
“bearer check,” styled, for example, "Pay to John Doe or Bearer"
would be acceptable at the Standard Mail rates.
Since the mailpiece
includes a check made payable
“To the order of
John M. Doe” it is First-Class Mail despite the “amount” or other
spaces such as “date” being left blank for completion. Similar
checks styled payable “To the order of” with the payee line left
blank are not required to be mailed as First-Class Mail.
*See also DMM 133.3,
333.2, and 433.2.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436