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Quick Service Guide 230b
Discount Letters and Cards
First-Class Mail Nonmachinable Letters
Physical Standards (201)
Maximum weight: 3.5 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount letters and cards, see Quick Service Guide 201.
Rates and Fees (233.1.0)
Annual $175.00 presort mailing fee.
First-Class Mail is required for personal correspondence, handwritten or typewritten material, and bills or statements of account. First-Class Mail may also be used for most mailable items, including advertisements and lightweight merchandise.
Eligibility Standards (233.4.0)
Mailings of 500 or more addressed pieces, sorted and marked as described below. All pieces must be letter-size and meet one of the nonmachinable criteria in 201.2.0. Pieces mailed at card rates and pieces mailed at letter rates must meet separate 500-piece minimums.
Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 185 days before mailing through a USPS-approved address update method (e.g., ACS, NCOALink, FASTforward, or the appropriate ancillary service endorsement under 507.1.0). For an overview of the First-Class Mail Move Update standards, see Quick Service Guide 230a.
A certified process (22.214.171.124) must be used within 12 months before mailing to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge of $0.005. See 709.5.0.
Postage Payment and Documentation (234)
Precanceled stamp (604.3.0), meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0); applicable conditions and restrictions.
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Mail Preparation (235.5.3)
Mark each piece "Presorted" or "PRSRT" and "First-Class" in the postage area. For optional marking location, see 202.3.0.
When preparing full trays, mailers must fill all possible 2-foot trays first; if there is mail remaining for the presort destination, mailers must use a combination of 1-foot and 2-foot trays that result in the fewest total number of trays for that presort level.
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
Use 2-inch tray labels (245.4.0).
Trays sleeved and strapped (235.3.4). See 235.3.5 for exceptions to strapping for mixed ADC trays and mailings that originate and destinate in delivery area of same SCF.
Enter and Deposit (236)
Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.
For the specific DMM standards applicable to this category of mail, consult the DMM sections referenced above and the general sections within each DMM module.