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Quick Service Guide 230d
Discount Letters and Cards
First-Class Mail Automation Letters and Cards
201b, Using Tabs, Wafer Seals, and Glue Strips
230a, First-Class Mail Move Update
Physical Standards (201)
Maximum weight: 3.5 ounces.
Heavy letter mail weighing more than 3 ounces must have a barcode in the address block and be prepared in a sealed envelope in 126.96.36.199.
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. It may also be used for any mailable item including advertisements and lightweight merchandise.
Eligibility Standards (233.5.0)
Mailings of 500 or more addressed pieces, 100% delivery point or Intelligent Mail barcoded (DPBC), sorted, and marked as described below. All pieces must be automation-compatible (201.3.0). Pieces mailed at card rates and pieces mailed at letter rates must meet separate 500-piece minimums.
Each piece must also include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
For address standards, see 233.5.4; for barcode standards see 708.4.0; and for CASS/MASS standards see 708.3.0.
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 move update standards, see Quick Service Guide 230a.
Addresses must be matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and metered reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 201.3.14.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes to letters 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).
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Mail Preparation (235)
Mark each piece: "First-Class," and "AUTO" in the postage area. For optional marking location, see 202.3.0. Pieces bearing a delivery point barcode or an Intelligent Mail barcode in the address block or on an insert visible through a window do not require the additional "AUTO" marking. Pieces not marked "AUTO" must bear both the "Presorted" or "PRSRT" and "First-Class" markings. For rate markings applied by MLOCRs, see 202.3.5. Pieces not claimed at an automation rate must not be marked "AUTO" unless single-piece postage is affixed or a corrective single-piece rate marking is applied under 188.8.131.52.
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 results in the fewest total number of trays for that presort level.
Barcoded tray labels required (235.4.9).
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
Trays sleeved and strapped (235.3.4). See 235.3.5 for exceptions to strapping for mixed AADC 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.
4. Use "5D BC" on 5-digit trays; on 5-digit scheme trays, use "BC 5D SCHEME."
5. Use "3D BC" on 3-digit trays; on 3-digit scheme trays, use "BC 3D SCHEME" and, if applicable, as shown in L002, Column B, followed by the letter "A," "B," or "C."