Quick Service Guide 604d
Basic Standards for All Mailing Services
Mailers may be authorized to mail without affixing postage if payment
is made at the time of mailing
from permit imprint advance deposit account. This payment method may be used
to pay special service fees as well as postage. Each mailpiece sent under this
method must bear a permit imprint indicia showing that postage is paid. Permit
imprint mailings must contain at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds (604.6),
but higher volumes may be required for mail at some rates. These mailings must
for weighing unless otherwise authorized by Business Mailer Support (608.8.1).
A mailer must complete Form 3615,
Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile, and pay a $160 one-time
application fee at the post office where
mailings are made. If no permit imprint mailings are made during a 24-month
period, the permit is revoked. A separate annual mailing fee may also
be due, depending on the class of mail to be prepared.
Indicia Preparation (604.5.3)
Producing imprints: embossed or unembossed permit imprints may be made
by printing press, handstamp, lithography, mimeograph, address plate,
or similar device. They must not be typewritten or hand-drawn.
Formats: permit imprints for ordinary mail, official mail, and Mailgrams
must be prepared in one of the formats described in 604.5.3.
See reverse for examples as applicable to the rate claimed or class
of mail. Company-style
imprints may be used, subject to 604.5.3.9.
Indicia Content (604.5.3.2)
Permit imprints for First-Class Mail and Priority Mail must show city
and state, applicable markings ("First-Class Mail," "Priority
Mail," or "Priority"), "U.S. Postage Paid," and
permit number. The Priority Mail marking may be omitted when using USPS-provided
Priority Mail envelopes and containers. The permit imprint may include
the mailing date, amount of postage paid, or number of ounces for which
postage was paid, ZIP Code, and rate markings. The endorsement "Mailed
From ZIP Code," followed by the 5-digit ZIP Code assigned to the
post office of mailing, may be used instead of printing the city and
Standard Mail, Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library
Mail permit imprints must contain the same information required for First-Class
Mail imprints, except that the date and words "First-Class Mail" or "Priority" or "Priority
Mail" must be substituted with the applicable class or subclass
name. The permit imprint may include the amount of postage paid, the
weight of the piece, and rate markings as required (604.5.3.7).
All pieces in a permit imprint mailing must be of identical weight
unless otherwise authorized by Business Mailer Supprt (608.8.1).
and endorsements may be required by the standards for the rate
claimed or service requested.
Mailings must be deposited at a business mail entry unit or other location
designated by the postmaster. Mail must not be deposited in street
collection boxes. Postage
statements must be submitted as specified by the standards for the rate claimed.
the specific DMM standards applicable to this category of mail, consult the
DMM sections referenced above and the general sections within each DMM
These are only examples; not all possible variations are shown. See
604.5.3.10 (Exhibits 4.1a and
4.1b) for other examples.
When not in indicia, class and/or rate must be marked on mailpiece
(see individual standards for each subclass of mail).
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