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October 4

October 4, 2012


October DMM Update


Postal Explorer® ( is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. On October 1, we updated our mailing standards to include the following changes:

Package Intercept – Extra Services

We revised 503 and 507 to align standards for the current USPS Package Intercept service options. We published this information in the August 31, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

Periodicals — Recognition of Distribution of Periodicals via Electronic Copies

We revised 707.6.0 to recognize electronic fulfillment as a legitimate means of distribution of copies of Periodicals publications to subscribers and requesters. We published this information in the September 5, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion

We revised 709.3.0 to add a new temporary Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion ("Promotion"), that will take place during November of 2012 for Presorted and automation First-Class Mail cards, letters and flats, and Standard Mail letters and flats containing two-dimensional mobile barcodes ("mobile barcode") readable by consumer mobile devices. We published this information in the September 7, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

Revised Eligibility Criteria for Parcel Returns

We revised 433.1.3, 505.3.0 and 705.25.1 to provide commercial base pricing eligibility for First-Class Package Service™ mailpieces returned using Merchandise Return Service (MRS), and to expand the eligibility for participation in the scan-based payment (SBP) program. We published this information in the September 7, 2012, Postal Bulletin.


Our next scheduled DMM update is November 5, 2012.