Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Proposed prices will be available under Docket Number R2013-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at
The Postal Service's proposed rule includes several mail classification changes, modifications to mailpiece characteristics, and changes in classification terminology.
The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class Mail letters would retain the change implemented in 2012 for the minimum postage charge to be that for a 2-ounce letter, and would extend the concept to residual single-piece letters that are part of the same mailing job and presented at the same time as the presorted or automation mailing. There would be a new price for residual letters up to 2 ounces, which would be different than the price for single-piece letters presented as a stand-alone mailing.
We propose to add a new price tier for high density letters. In addition to the current high density tier which requires a minimum of 125 pieces per carrier route, the new tier (high density plus) would require a minimum of 300 pieces per carrier route.
We propose to add a new price tier for high density flats. In addition to the current high density tier which requires a minimum of 125 pieces per carrier route, the new tier (high density plus) would require a minimum of 300 pieces per carrier route.
We propose to revise DMM 235.0, 245.0, 335.0, 345.0, and 705.8.0 to provide new standards for the preparation of pallets, trays, and sacks of First-Class Mail or Standard Mail letters and flats.
The Postal Service continuously reviews the processes and requirements related to the preparation and entry of mail from commercial mailers. In this regard, the Postal Service, working in collaboration with the commercial mailing industry, has identified areas for improved mutual efficiencies from minor changes to its mail preparation standards. These specific revisions were offered by members of the mailing community, adopted and implemented as optional standards in the context of a
These changes would generally require mailers to place trays or sacks of residual single-piece First-Class Mail letters and flats on an origin sectional center facility (SCF) pallet; and to place trays or sacks of residual Standard Mail letters and flats, paid at the single-piece First-Class Mail prices, on a mixed network distribution center (NDC) pallet. The Postal Service also would require use of new human-readable texts linked to several existing content identifier number (CIN) codes that specifically identify single-piece mailpieces. This would require new text on origin SCF pallet placards, identifying this pallet level as a working pallet; and barcoded labels for trays of residual pieces.
We propose changing the designation “additional entry” to “additional mailing offices” and eliminating the fees for Periodicals publications to be mailed in multiple locations. Approved Periodicals would be able to mail at any Post Office
Requester publications will be permitted to exceed 75% advertising in no more than 25% of the issues produced in any 12-month period. This will allow publishers greater advertising flexibility during high advertising volume periods.
We propose to clarify that the term “mailing wrapper” includes all types of packaging used to enclose Periodicals publications, by adding “carton” to the definition of mailing wrapper. We also extend the return address requirement to pieces that are unendorsed because all Periodicals receive a type of address correction. These revisions will ensure processing the pieces as Periodicals and eliminate the need to open the items when the mailpiece must be forwarded or returned.
Parcel Post has become a competitive product, excluding Alaska Bypass. Parcel Post will only be offered at retail in January 2013, and will be renamed in the near future, pending PRC review. The Postal Service proposes to retain as a market-dominant product the part of our current Parcel Post product that applies to mail currently eligible for Alaska Bypass service, and call the product “Alaska Bypass Service.”
Prices for marketing parcels are designed for parcels containing information and/or product samples with the purposes of encouraging recipients to purchase a product or service, make a contribution, support a cause, form a belief or opinion, take an action, or obtain information. Standard Mail Marketing parcels would be mailable at Presorted prices only, except for the new category of Product Samples (also known as Simple Samples), which would be mailable at targeted (similar to the current basic carrier route) or saturation (Every Door) prices. Marketing parcels in general continue to have a maximum size of 12 inches by 9 inches by 2 inches thick.
Product Sample parcels, like other marketing parcels, must be addressed using an alternative addressing format. In addition, each parcel in a mailing of Product Sample parcels must be of identical size and weight. Within each of the price categories—targeted and saturation—there will be separate prices for small samples and for large samples. Targeted parcels must be sorted to carrier routes, with a minimum of one parcel per route. Saturation parcels must bear simplified addresses and be sorted by route. Detached address labels (DALs) must be used with targeted parcels, and there is no additional charge per DAL. DALs are optional with saturation parcels, and there will be an additional charge for each DAL (including detached marketing labels or DMLs).
Effective August 6, 2012, the Postal Service revised DMM 503.5 to allow mailers paying postage by permit imprint to report identical weight pieces on PS Form 3606,
We would revise the DMM to expand acceptable terminology being allowed for Delivery Confirmation
Current DMM standards permit customers to request proof of delivery via mail, fax, email, or electronically when electronic return receipt is purchased at the time of mailing or via mail, fax, or email when PS Form 3811-A,
The Postal Service has reviewed data about customer usage of proof of delivery services and the associated system work and time necessary to provide proof of delivery letters by fax, by mail, or in bulk on CD-Rom. Year-to-date data shows that approximately 95.8% (up from 91.6% last fiscal year) of customers receive the proof of delivery record by email.
Approximately 97.2% of our customers that receive bulk proof of delivery records electronically receive their records weekly via signature extract file format, instead of bi-monthly by CD-Rom. The cost of the CD-Roms are not included in the price of the service, and the additional work required in addition to maintaining the signature extract file format is currently absorbed by the Postal Service.
These revisions would help the Postal Service reduce costs and improve the turnaround time for delivery records to be received by our customers.
Additionally, the Postal Service is considering plans for future enhancements to bulk proof of delivery record exchanges. Any customers having an interest in providing input on the options, or participating in potential testing, may provide their contact information at
We are extending the online claims function to allow customers filing claims for indemnity for domestic Registered Mail or COD articles the option of filing online at
We are removing language concerning the old Confirm® service from DMM 503.15.0, because all Confirm subscriptions will end by January of 2013. IMb Tracing now provides a service similar to the old Confirm service.
Effective June 24, 2012, the Postal Service introduced picture permit imprint indicia standards allowing customers to include business-related color images, such as corporate logos, company brand, or trademarks, in the permit indicia area on commercial mailings of IMb
For January 2013, we propose to expand picture permit imprint indicia standards to also allow its use on First-Class Mail and Standard Mail flats prepared under the IMb full-service
The Postal Service
The Postal Service is considering the proposal next year of a separate price category for single-piece First-Class Mail metered letters with prices that may be different than other single-piece First-Class Mail letter prices. The Postal Service plans to conduct market research to evaluate various price points for single-piece stamped and metered mail before offering this price differentiation.
Although we are exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553 (b), (c)) regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410 (a), we invite public comments on the following proposed revisions to
Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.
Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be amended as follows:
1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows:
5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.
2. Revise the following sections of
Commercial First-Class Mail Presorted letters are charged at one price for the first 2 ounces, with separate prices for pieces over 2 ounces up to 3 ounces and for pieces over 3 ounces up to 3.5 ounces. Any fraction of an ounce is considered a whole ounce. For example, if a piece weighs 2.2 ounces, the weight (postage) increment is 3 ounces. The pricing per ounce is similar for automation First-Class Mail letters, with pricing differences per sortation level.
Single-piece price letters that are residual pieces from either a Presorted or automation mailing are charged the residual single-piece price for letters up to 2 ounces.
* * * The following standards apply:
a. The mailer must prepare the single-piece price pieces in separate trays from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must label the trays under 708.6.0 using CIN code 260 on trays of single-piece letters. * * *
2. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to content identifier number 260 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
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*** An Enhanced Carrier Route mailing may include pieces at basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation prices.
High density and high density plus letter-size mailpieces must be in a full carrier route tray or in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces placed in a 5-digit carrier routes or 3-digit carrier routes tray. High density and high density plus prices for barcoded letters apply to each piece that is automation-compatible according to 201.3.0, and has an accurate delivery point Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) encoded with the correct delivery point routing code matching the delivery address and meeting the standards in 202.5.0 and 708.4.0. Pieces that are not automation-compatible or not barcoded are mailable only at the applicable high density or high density plus nonautomation letter prices.
All pieces mailed at high density prices or high density plus must be prepared in walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by the USPS (see 245.6.8 through 245.6.9). Multiple pieces per delivery address can count toward both density standards. Specific density requirements are as follows:
a. Pieces mailed at high density prices must be sorted together in sequence in quantities of at least 125 pieces for each carrier route.
b. Pieces mailed at high density plus prices must be sorted together in sequence in quantities of at least 300 pieces for each carrier route.
High density and high density plus pieces that are automation-compatible under 201.3.0, accurately barcoded with a delivery point IMb, and weigh more than 3.3 ounces but not more than 3.5 ounces, require postage equal to the piece/pound price and receive a
Mailers entering Standard Mail residual pieces that do not qualify for Standard Mail prices, and paying the First-Class Mail prices (but prepared “as is” under 244.5.0), must prepare these pieces in separate trays from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must label the trays under 708.6.0 using CIN code 560 on residual trays. Label trays as follows:
b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to content identifier number 560 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
Flat-size mail must have the following characteristics:
* * * Pieces with enclosures or inserts that protrude up to
* * * For nonautomation flats and flats correctly drop shipped to destination delivery units, enclosure or insert overhang is allowed up to
b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to content identifier number 282 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
* * * An Enhanced Carrier Route mailing may include pieces at basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation Enhanced Carrier Route prices.
In addition to other requirements in 6.0, flats eligible for the full-service Intelligent Mail option must:
b. Be part of a basic carrier route, high density, or high density plus carrier route mailing under 6.3 or 6.4.
Carrier route coding must be performed using CASS-certified software and the current USPS Carrier Route Product or another Address Information System (AIS) product containing carrier route information subject to 509.1.0 and 708.3.0. Printed Carrier Route Files (schemes) may be used for Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route flat-size mail at basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation prices.
All pieces mailed at high density prices must:
a. Be prepared in walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by the USPS (see 345.6.9).
b. Meet the density requirement of at least 125 pieces for each carrier route. For high density plus prices, the density requirement is at least 300 pieces for each carrier route. Multiple pieces per delivery address can count toward the density standards.
High density or high density plus prices apply to each piece in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces that is:
a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, or 705.13.0.
b. Placed in a merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme carrier routes, merged 5-digit, or 5-digit carrier routes sack.
c. Placed in a carrier route sack containing at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces for high density prices.
d. Placed in a carrier route sack containing at least 300 pieces for high density plus prices.
Mailers entering Standard Mail residual pieces that do not qualify for Standard Mail prices, and paying the First-Class Mail prices (but prepared “as is” under 344.5.0), must separately bundle and sack residual pieces from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must label sacks under 708.6.0
b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to content identifier number 582 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
Marketing parcels do not meet letters or flats standards and have the following characteristics:
e. Marketing parcels mailed as
* * *All Marketing parcels prepared as Product Samples in the same mailing must additionally be identical in size and weight.
Mailings are subject to the general definitions and conditions in 445.1.0. Generally, mailers may merge similar Standard Mail matter into a single mailing; however all parcels in a mailing of Product Samples must be identical in size and weight. * * *
Standard Mail parcel prices are commercial prices that apply to mailings meeting the basic standards in 2.0 through 4.0 and the specific standards in 5.0 through 6.0. Destination entry discount prices are available under 446.2.0 through 446.5.0. Except for Product Samples, pieces are subject to either a single minimum per piece price or a combined piece/pound price, depending on the weight of the individual pieces in the mailing under 4.2 or 4.3. Prices for Product Samples are available under 6.0. Nonprofit prices are available for USPS-authorized organizations under 703.1.0.
The minimum per piece prices (i.e., the minimum postage that must be paid for each piece) apply as follows:
a. Basic Requirement. Except for pieces mailed at Product Sample prices, pieces are subject to minimum per piece prices when they weigh no more than 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound).
b. Individual Prices. Except for Product Samples, there are separate minimum per piece prices for each product and, within each product, for the presort and destination entry levels within each mailing. There are also separate prices for Marketing parcels, Nonprofit machinable parcels, and Nonprofit irregular parcels. Under Marketing parcels, there are separate prices for Product Samples.
Except for Product Samples, pieces that exceed 3.3 ounces are subject to a two-part piece/pound price that includes a fixed charge per piece and a variable pound charge based on weight. There are separate per piece prices for each product, and within each product, for the type of mailing and the presort and destination entry levels within each mailing. There are separate per pound prices for each product.
Unless prepared as Product Samples or in 5-digit/scheme containers, Standard Mail parcels are subject to a surcharge if: * * *
Extra services (other than certificate of mailing service) may not be used for any of the following types of Standard Mail:
d. Pieces mailed at Product Sample prices.
Prices for Standard Mail and Nonprofit Standard Mail apply separately to Marketing parcels (and within Marketing parcels, to Product Samples) that meet the eligibility standards in 2.0 through 4.0 and the applicable preparation standards in 445.5.0, 705.6.0, 705.8.0, or 705.22. Prices for Nonprofit parcels not qualifying as Marketing parcels apply separately to machinable parcels and irregular parcels. When parcels are combined (except for Product Samples, which cannot be combined with other parcels) under 445.5.0, 705.6.0, or 705.22, all pieces are eligible for the applicable prices when the combined total meets the eligibility standards.
Product Samples are a type of Marketing parcels, and must be sorted to carrier routes. See 401.2.4.2 for physical standards and 443.3.0 for basic standards.
Preparation to qualify for any Product Sample price is optional and need not be performed for all carrier routes in a
See Notice 123-Price List for price tables. Product Samples (or samples and DALs) must be sorted to carrier routes, including delivery routes and Post Office Box sections. Product Sample mailings are subject to per piece prices and, when not entered at a DDU, are subject to carton/sack and/or pallet prices. Piece prices are different for parcels sorted to the Targeted level (6.3) than for parcels sorted to the saturation level (6.4). Within each sortation level, piece prices are different for small parcels than for large parcels (see 401.2.4.2). Prices for cartons (or sacks) and pallets are subject to the following conditions:
a. A pallet charge applies to each pallet of Product Samples entered at a DNDC or DSCF, except 3-digit pallets properly entered at a DSCF.
b. A carton or sack charge applies to each carton or sack of Product Samples on a 3-digit pallet. Each carton must not exceed 40 pounds nor exceed a combined length and girth of 108 inches.
All parcels in a mailing of Product Samples must bear an alternative addressing format under 602.3.0. Parcels mailed at saturation prices must bear a simplified address. In addition, all Product Sample parcels must:
a. Meet the basic standards for Standard Mail in 2.0 through 4.0.
b. Be part of a single mailing of at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of parcels mailed at Product Sample prices. Regular and Nonprofit mailings must meet separate minimum volumes.
c. Be sorted to carrier routes and documented under 445.6.0 and 705.8.0, as applicable.
d. Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code, ZIP+4 code, or numeric equivalent to the delivery point barcode and that meets the carrier route accuracy standard in 6.2.
e. Meet the applicable sequencing requirements in 6.3 through 6.5 and in 445.6.6.
The carrier route accuracy standard is a means of ensuring that the carrier route code correctly matches the delivery address information on detached address labels (DALs) used with Product Samples mailed at targeted prices. For the purposes of this standard,
a. Each address and associated carrier route code used on the pieces in a mailing must be updated within 90 days before the mailing date with one of the USPS-approved methods in 6.2.2.
b. If the carrier route code of an address used on a piece in a carrier route mailing at one class of mail and price is updated with an approved method, the same address may be used during the following 90 days to meet the carrier route accuracy standard required for mailing at any other class of mail and price.
Carrier route coding must be performed using CASS-certified software and the current USPS Carrier Route Product or another Address Information System (AIS) product containing carrier route information subject to 509.1.0 and 708.3.0.
The mailer's signature on the postage statement certifies that the carrier route accuracy standard has been met for each address in the corresponding mailing presented to the USPS.
All parcels mailed at targeted prices must be accompanied with detached address labels (DALs) prepared in walk sequence (see 445.6.6). The combined weight of the DAL and associated sample must be less than 1 pound; there are no additional fees for use of DALs with pieces mailed at targeted prices.
Targeted prices apply to each parcel in a carrier route sack or carton containing at least 1 piece per carrier route, prepared under 445.6.0. There are separate targeted prices for small parcels and for large parcels (see 401.2.4.2). DALs must be in carrier route bundles and prepared under 602.4.0.
All parcels in a mailing at saturation prices must bear simplified addresses (or be accompanied by DALs bearing simplified addresses), and the mailing must meet the saturation standards for simplified addressed pieces under 602.3.0. For DAL charges, see Notice 123—Price List.
Saturation prices apply to each parcel in a carrier route sack or carton of simplified addressed pieces, or as allowed in bundles on pallets under 445.6.0. If used, DALs must be in carrier route bundles and prepared under 602.4.0.
Product Samples must be of identical weight within each mailing. Postage for other nonidentical-weight parcels may be paid by precanceled stamps, subject to 4.0 and 604.3.0. Mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces subject to the piece/pound prices may have postage paid by permit imprint (if the mailer is authorized by Business Mailer Support) or by meter (if each piece has the full postage affixed). Alternatively, the mailer may affix the per piece price to each piece and pay the pound price for the mailing through an advance deposit account. Under this option, the mailer must provide a postage statement for each payment method and mark each piece “Pound Price Pd via Permit” in the postage meter indicium. For mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces, “nonidentical” must be shown as the weight of a single piece on the postage statement.
Mailings are defined as:
b. Standard Mail. Except as provided in 443.3.6, the types of Standard Mail listed below may not be part of the same mailing.
1. Product Sample parcels and any other type of mail.
2. Product Sample parcels of nonidentical size or nonidentical weight.
Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:
Facing slips used on bundles of Product Sample parcels must show the quantity in the bundle if less than 50 and this information:
b. Line 2: Content (e.g., “STD MKTG SAMPLE) if accompanied by DALs bundled by carrier route or contents followed by carrier route type and route number when not accompanied by DALs. (e.g., “STD MKTG SAMPLE CR R 012”).
Mailings must be prepared in sacks, except for Product Samples, which may be in cartons, sacks, or bundles directly on pallets. Also, see 602.4.0 when Product Samples are mailed with DALs.
Bundling is permitted only for bundles of Product Sample parcels (and associated DALs) under 6.0.
All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at an Enhanced Carrier Route (ECR) parcel price are subject to specific preparation standards in 6.4 and 6.5, entry standards in 446, and to these general standards:
b. All pieces in each mailing must be Product Sample parcels as defined in 4188.8.131.52.
e. Sortation, size, and preparation determine price eligibility as specified in 443.6.0.
All Enhanced Carrier Route pieces must be marked under 402.2.0. All pieces must be marked “ECRLOT” for pieces claiming a Targeted price, or “ECRWSS” for pieces claiming a saturation (Every Door) price.
Parcels not prepared or sorted as a carrier route mailing at Product Sample prices must be prepared as a separate mailing at Standard Mail Presorted prices.
Prepare carrier route bundles as follows:
a. Sacks must contain at least 15 pounds or 125 pieces of mail, except under
6.4.2.Cartons may be used instead of sacks. Cartons have no minimum weight, must not weigh more than 40 pounds, and must not exceed 108 inches in combined length and girth.
b. DALs are required for parcels mailed at targeted prices; mailers must prepare carrier route bundles of DALs. Parcels must be prepared in sacks or cartons labeled to the correct 5-digit/L606 destination, and bundled under 2.0 and the same bundling standards as for saturation parcels under 6.4.1c. Prepare bundles of DALs and bundles of samples in the same carton or sack, with the bundles of DALs on the top. See 602.4.0 for additional preparation standards for parcels and accompanying DALs, including optional pallet preparation.
c. DALs are optional for parcels mailed at saturation prices. Parcels must be prepared in sacks or cartons labeled to carrier routes, and bundled under 6.4.1c and 2.0. When DALS are used, they must be prepared in carrier route bundles and placed in the same carton or sack as the samples for the corresponding route. Saturation parcels must be bundled in quantities of 50 or less under 2.0, and the bundles placed on 5-digit/L606 pallets in a stable manner. As an option, bundled saturation parcels without accompanying DALs may be prepared in sacks or cartons labeled to carrier routes.
As a general exception to 6.4.1 and 6.5.1, mailers may prepare a sack with fewer than 125 pieces or less than 15 pounds of pieces to a carrier route when they are claiming the saturation price for the contents and the applicable density standard is met. * * *
Except for bundled saturation parcels and except under 6.4.2, a sack or carton must be prepared when the quantity of mail for a required presort destination reaches either 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces.
Preparation sequence, sack or carton size, and labeling:
a. Carrier route: required (minimum of 125 pieces/15 pounds).
2. Line 2: “STD MKTG WSS” (for saturation samples) or “STD MKTG LOT” (for targeted samples), followed by the route type and number.
Except for sacks or cartons of Product Samples entered directly at a DDU, all mailings of Product Samples must be palletized. Pallets (under 705.8.10.3) must be used for sacks or cartons or bundles of Product Samples for mail entered at DNDCs and DSCFs.
For each mailing of Product Samples at targeted carrier route prices, the mailer must document the total number of pieces mailed to each carrier route.
If a mailing contains pieces qualifying for targeted and saturation prices, the documentation required may be combined. Entries for pieces at the targeted price must be so annotated on the documentation. For the entire mailing, a summary of the total number of pieces at each price must be provided. This documentation must be submitted with each mailing.
Pieces in a mailing that are deposited at a NDC or ASF under 2.0 and 3.0 are eligible for the DNDC price when the following conditions are met:
b. * * * Product Samples must be palletized under 445.6.5 and 705.8.10.3.
Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 4.0 are eligible for the DSCF price, as follows:
a. * * * Product Samples must be palletized under 445.6.5 and 705.8.10.3.
Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 5.0 are eligible for the DDU price or DDU entry (as applicable) when deposited at a DDU, addressed for delivery within that facility's service area, and prepared as follows:
a. Marketing parcels eligible for and prepared as Product Samples in carrier route bundles, cartons, or sacks, and otherwise eligible for and claimed at a carrier route price under 443 and 445.
Proof of delivery information for Express Mail is available as follows:
a. Individual requests by article number can be retrieved at
b. Bulk proof of delivery (7.0) is available only to mailers using Express Mail Manifesting service and is obtained in a signature extract file format.
* * * Customers receiving bulk proof of delivery obtain signature data in a signature extract file format.* * *
In addition to the correct postage, the applicable certificate of mailing fee must be paid for each article on Form 3817 or Form 3877 (5.2.3) and for duplicate copies (5.3.3). When postage evidencing indicia are used to pay the fee, they must bear the full numerical value of the amount paid in the imprint. See Notice 123—Price List.
* * * Mailers using Form 3606 with a permit imprint mailing also may pay certificate of mailing fees, at the time of mailing, by the same permit imprint.* * *
* * * A mailer purchasing return receipt service at the time of mailing may choose to receive the return receipt by mail (Form 3811) or electronically (by email or by signature extract file format as provided in 7.0). * * * A mailer purchasing return receipt service after mailing will receive the proof of delivery record by email (electronic signature data) or by mail (Form 3811-A). * * *
* * * No endorsement is required on mail for which electronic return receipt service is requested or is provided in bulk in a signature extract file format.
* * * Mailers may request a delivery record by completing Form 3811-A, paying the appropriate fee in 6.1.1, and submitting the request to the appropriate office as follows:
A request for a return receipt after mailing must be submitted within 2 years from the date of mailing.
* * * The proof of delivery records are sent in a signature extract file format. * * *
* * * The USPS maintains a record of delivery (which includes the recipient's signature) for 2 years. * * *
Confirmation of delivery information for Adult Signature is available as follows:
a. Information by article number can be retrieved at
b. * * * Customers receiving bulk proof of delivery obtain signature data in a signature extract file format.
* * * A delivery record, including the recipient's signature, is maintained by the USPS and is available electronically or by email, upon request. * * *
IMb Tracing is available at no charge without a subscription. Requirements for participation in IMb Tracing are the use of the Intelligent Mail barcode, the use of a Mailer Identifier that has been registered (via the Business Customer Gateway, accessible on
IMb Tracing provides a mailer with data electronically collected from the scanning of barcoded mailpieces as they pass through automated mail processing operations. Scanned data can include the postal facility where such pieces are processed, the postal operation used to process the pieces, the date and time when the pieces are processed, and the numeric equivalent of a barcode(s) that helps to identify the specific pieces. Any piece intended to generate scanned data must meet the physical characteristics and standards in 15.0, although not every piece is guaranteed such data or complete data. This service does not provide proof of delivery.
Each piece in a mailing that is intended to generate IMb Tracing information must bear an Intelligent Mail barcode under 15.2.2. Mailers must apply Intelligent Mail barcodes under 708.4.0 and the following standards:
DALs or DMLs must be used with Standard Mail Marketing parcels mailed at targeted Product Sample prices and may be used with parcels mailed at saturation Product Sample prices.
* * * Mailers must prepare DALs as bundles in sacks or in cartons, unless prepared in trays under 4.3.7 when mailed with saturation flats or with Product Samples. * * *
Except for bundles of saturation flats or Product Samples placed directly on pallets under 4.3.7, the items to be distributed with DALs must be placed in cartons or prepared in bundles placed in sacks, subject to the standards for the price claimed. * * *
Mailers may prepare DALs in letter trays according to 245.6.0 when DALs are used in mailings of saturation flats or Product Samples. Bundles of saturation flats and bundles of Product Sample parcels to be distributed with DALs may be prepared on 5-digit (and 5-digit scheme under L606 for parcels) pallets under 4.3.7. Do not use pallets when the Drop Shipment Product indicates the delivery unit that serves the 5-digit pallet destination cannot