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Quick Service Guide 604b
Basic Standards for All Mailing Services
Use of precanceled stamps is an optional payment method for mailings at Presorted and automation First-Class Mail and all Standard Mail rates. Precanceled stamps may not be used with Package Services or Standard Mail with extra services. This payment method requires the stamps to be affixed to each piece.
Mailer must complete Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile, and submit it to the office of mailing. No permit application fee required.
Postage and Payment Methods
Documentation: mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces and mailings that do not have full correct postage affixed to each piece must meet basic documentation standards in 708.8.0 unless excepted by standard in 604.3.1.
Return address: complete domestic return address required. If return address is outside delivery area of post office of mailing, mailer must follow one of the options in 604.3.1.
Amount of Postage
The value of a precanceled stamp affixed to each piece in a mailing must be either the exact amount due or another amount permitted by standard. If the exact amount is not affixed to each piece, documentation meeting the basic standards in 708.8.0 and those applicable to the rate claimed must be submitted with the mailing unless excepted by 234.4.0 or 244.4.0.
Producing Precanceled Stamps
Selection produced by USPS for specific users; other stamps may be precanceled by the USPS (604.3.1); other stamps may be precanceled by the mailer (604.3.4), as described below.
Precancellation by mailer:
Format of postmark and required content:
Other markings and endorsements may be required on each piece under standards for the rate claimed or services requested (604.3.1).
Enter and Deposit
Deposit: generally, at post office where permit is held. Mail with precanceled postage must not be deposited in collection boxes (604.3.1).
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.