Customer Support Ruling


UPDATED June 2014

PS-018 (273.3.1)

This CSR discusses the eligibility of manuscripts at Media Mail prices.

In accordance with Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 273.3.1*, manuscripts for books, periodical type publications, and music are mailable at Media Mail prices. Such manuscripts may be handwritten, typewritten, or photocopied. Each piece mailed at the Media Mail rates must be legibly marked on the address side as "Media Mail.” Each piece mailed at the Presorted Media Mail prices also must be marked “Presorted” or “PRSRT”.

Photocopies and artwork used to illustrate articles referred to in the above types of manuscripts are acceptable with such manuscripts mailed at Media Mail prices. However, if these materials are mailed separately from manuscripts, they are not acceptable at the Media Mail prices.

A handwritten or typewritten letter of transmittal or bill which relate to a manuscript may be attached to or enclosed with it and mailed at Media Mail prices in accordance with the provisions of DMM 273.2.4.

*See also DMM 173.4.

Sherry Suggs


Mailing Standards

Headquarters, US Postal Service

Washington DC 20260-3436