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Summary of Changes

The Summary of Changes lists revisions to this edition of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) by effective date.

Summary of Changes by Effective Date

April 10, 2016

Parcel Select

We revised 705.8.0 to remove text that remains on palletizing NDC Presort parcels. We published this information in the March 17, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Periodicals Carrier Route Pallets

We revised 705.8.10.2 to facilitate the preparation of carrier route pallets. We published this information in the March 17, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

March 7, 2016

Military Mail Addressing and Restriction Codes

We revised 703.2.0 to include two restrictions pertaining to the overseas addressing requirements for military mail that were previously Restrictions A1 and A2 in the APO/FPO/DPO table. We published this information in the January 7, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Business Reply Mail

We revised 505.1.0 to clarify that Retail First-Class Mail or Priority Mail prices are required in addition to the per piece fee for Basic and High Volume BRM pieces. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Postage Stamp Denominations

We revised 604.1.0 to reinstate the current postage stamp denominations table. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box Pricing

We revised 223.1.2 and 224.1.1.1 to correct an omission regarding Priority Mail Regional Rate Box® pricing on Click-N-Ship®.. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

January 17, 2016

Priority Mail Express

We revised 110, 210 and 703.2.6 to clarify the standards for the acceptance and deposit of retail and commercial Priority Mail Express items. We published this information in the November 2, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Competitive Post Office Box Services

We revised 508.4.5.4 to clarify the maximum weight and dimension standards for private carrier packages addressed to competitive Post Office Box™ customers who are authorized to receive such packages at their Post Office Box address. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Flat-Size Mailpiece Deflection Standards

We revised 201.4.6 to clarify that flat-size mailpieces mailed at carrier route prices are not required to meet deflection standards. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Meter Provider Update

We revised 604.4.1.3 to update the contact information for meter provider, FP Mailing Solutions. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

No Handwritten Customs Forms May Be Submitted to a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU)

We revised 608.2.4.6 and 608.2.4.7 to make mandatory the submission of electronically transmitted customs data for mail that is paid with a permit imprint and entered at a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU). We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Priority Mail Express Open and Distribute and Priority Mail Open and Distribute

We revised 223 and 705.18.5.7 to clarify the barcodes and service type codes that must be used on Priority Mail Express Open and Distribute and Priority Mail Open and Distribute address labels. We published this information in the November 26, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Products Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices

We revised 703.1.6.11 to specify that the value of a low-cost item cannot exceed $10.60. We published this information in the November 26, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Domestic Competitive Products Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

We revised various sections of the DMM to reflect changes to prices and mailing standards for competitive products. We published this information in the December 10, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

First-Class Package Service Maximum Dimensions

We revised 201.8.3 to list the maximum dimensions for First-Class Package Service as currently stated in the Mail Classification Schedule. We published this information in the December 10, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

New Standards for Domestic Certificates of Mailing

We revised 503 to incorporate new standards for domestic Certificates of Mailing. We published this information in the December 24, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Parcel Simplification

We revised various sections of the DMM to clarify that the term "outside parcel" is a "nonmachinable parcel.” We published this information in the December 24, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

November 2, 2015

Postage Evidencing Systems – Legibility of Postage

We revised 604.4.3.2 to indicate that the postage value must be displayed in dollars and cents, such as $0.49. We published this information in the October 15, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Pickup on Demand Service

We revised 507.7.0 and various other sections to clarify the availability of Pickup on Demand service and for consistency. We published this information in the October 29, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

September 14, 2015

Postage Evidencing Systems - Revised Procedures for Collection of Postage Discrepancies

We revised 604.4.0 to modify procedures for the collection of postage discrepancies for customers using Postage Evidencing Systems. We published this information in the July 23, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Clarification of Scans as Evidence of Mailing and the Placement of Collect on Delivery (COD) Forms

We revised 503.1.0 and 609.3.0 to clarify that USPS® physical scans can be treated by the Postal Service as evidence of mailing when postage and extra service fees are paid online for purposes of indemnity claim review. We published this information in the August 6, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Premium Forwarding Service Commercial

We revised 507.3.0 to update the standards for Premium Forwarding Service Commercial® (PFS-Commercial®) service. We published this information in the August 20, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Business Reply Mail

We revised 505.1.0 to clarify that letters (cards), flats, and parcels are eligible to be returned under basic BRM and high-volume BRM. We published this information in the September 14, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Periodicals Marked Copy

We revised 207.16.0 to clarify the standards when there are multiple editions of a Periodicals publication. We published this information in the September 14, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

July 13, 2015

New Flats Sequencing System (FSS) Sortation Level

We revised 708.1.4 to add a new FSS sortation level. We published this information in the June 11, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Mandatory Use of Customs Declaration PS Form 2976-B on APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail Express

We revised 703.2.3.6 to make mandatory the use of PS Form 2976-B, Priority Mail Express International Shipping Label and Customs Form, on Priority Mail Express® items requiring a customs form to APO/FPO/DPO addresses. We published this information in the June 25, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

May 31, 2015

Clarification of Postage Payment Information for Mail to Military Post Offices

We revised 703.2.7.1 to clarify standards that apply to bulk and commercial mail sent to Military Post Offices (MPOs). We published this information in the April 30, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Click-N-Ship for Business Transitioning to a USPS Meter Label Solution

We revised 705.18.5.7 to update references to the Click-N-Ship for Business™ application. We published this information in the April 30, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Updated Addressing Standards for Military Addresses

We revised 703.2.2.1 to update military addressing standards, specifically APO and FPO military addresses. We published this information in the April 30, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Clarification of Census Bureau Filing Regulations for U.S. Territories

We revised 608.2.5, 608.2.5.1 and 608.2.5.5 to align with regulatory requirements from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (15 C.F.R. §30.16(a)) and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (15 C.F.R. §758.1(b)). We published this information in the May 14, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Minimum Mailability Dimensions

We revised various sections of the DMM to clarify that all mailpieces that are ¼ inch thick or less must be at least 5 inches in length, 3 ½ inches in height and must be at least 0.007 inch in thickness. We published this information in the May 14, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

We revised various sections of the DMM to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments and other minor DMM changes. We published this information in the May 14, 2014, Postal Bulletin.

Provision for New First-Class Package Service Commercial Plus Customers

We revised 283.1.4 to add a provision to First-Class Package Service® that allows Commercial Plus® prices for new customers who have a customer commitment agreement with the USPS®. We published this information in the May 14, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Business Reply Mail ZIP Code

We revised 505.1.5.6 to clarify the Postal Service assigns a ZIP + 4® to all Business Reply Mail® pieces that must be printed directly on the piece, unless accepted by standard. We published this information in the May 28, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

April 26, 2015

Domestic Competitive Products Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

We revised various sections of the DMM to to reflect changes to certain prices and mailing standards for certain Competitive Products. We published this information in the February 5, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Clarification of Content Eligibility for Stand Mail Marketing Parcels

We revised 243 to reaffirm basic eligibility standards for Standard Mail Marketing Parcels. We published this information in the April 2, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Premium Forwarding Service Commercial

We revised 507.3.0 to update the online payment option for Premium Forwarding Service Commercial® (PFS Commercial™) service. We published this information in the April 16, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Updated Restrictions—Freely Associated States (FAS)

We revised 503.1.0 and 608.2.0 to clarify the references to restrictions for Freely Associated States. We published this information in the April 16, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

March 2, 2015

Products Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices

We revised 703.1.6.11 to show that products that are mailed at the Non-profit Standard Mail® prices must meet at least one of three exceptions. We published this information in the February 2, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

January 25, 2015

FSS Facility Pallets

We revised 705.14.2.2 to eliminate “MXD” on the first line of an optional FSS Facility sort placard. We published this information in the November 27, 2014, Postal Bulletin.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

We revised various sections of the DMM to reflect minor mail classification updates, product and service enhancements, and to eliminate outdated references, publications, and forms. We published this information in the December 25, 2014, Postal Bulletin.

Letter Tray Preparation

We revised 203.4.0 to clarify requirements for preparing trays when mailing letter-sized mail. We published this information in the January 8, 2015, Postal Bulletin.